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Seize the music while ye may!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. —George Eliot If the poignance of fall has one message for us, it is of the transience — the here-today-gone-tomorowness — of life. Just have a look: previously secure leaves suddenly, silently surrendering their summer greens to a final dance of furious color, then taking the fateful plunge into Never-never-land. Yes, fall is a time when the reality of things ending is so clearly in the air that one can almost taste it. What, we ask ourselves, could we have … 0

Jamie Kent at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When we last heard from Jamie Kent, it was the fall of 2013 and he had just released his EP “Embers and Ashes,” a disc on which the Northampton native moved away from groove rock sounds of his previous release in favor of an earthier folk, Americana one that even included some traces … 0

Sounds Local: Festival with a cause — The Upper Valley Music Festival returns with acts known and new to help fight cancer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When you’re planning a birthday celebration and you have a lot of musician friends who want to play at your party, maybe it would make sense to turn the party into a music festival. Such was the thinking of musician Tommy Byrnes and his wife Jessica when plans for Tommy’s 50th birthday party … 0

Sounds Local: CD releases — from basement music, to middle age, to a one-man band, to cutting-edge bluegrass to lyrical lullabies

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The year has just begun and here at Sounds Local we have already seen the arrival of some excellent new music. There are even more releases on the horizon, so read on to get the lowdown on these … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Songs of beauty, heartache, love

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sing again, with your dear voice revealing A tone Of some world far from ours, Where music and moonlight and feeling Are one. — Percy Bysshe Shelley, “To Jane: The Keen Stars were Twinkling” While scheduled a bit … 0

Sounds Local: Whiskey Treaty Roadshow

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Remember the Whiskey Treaty festivals at the Arts Block in Greenfield a couple of years ago? All that fine music and fine whiskey? Well the good news is that the Whiskey Treaty lives! The Whiskey Treaty Festival, which … 0

Sounds Local: Too slow, too sparse or too weird

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dave Houghton has been writing songs for the past 25 years but had yet to release a solo album until a couple of months ago. Houghton had always presented his songs in a band format — first with … 0

Sounds Local: Sonya Kitchell embraces a bold, new sound

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sonya Kitchell first burst onto the local music scene in 2001. She was 13 at the time and was already writing her own songs and singing them in her warm, soulful voice. Three years later, at 16, she … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: It's all in the ear of the beholder

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” — Rumi A curious query and take your time, please, this may be a trick question): How wide and how high is your visual field — 10 … 0

Sounds Local: Ho, Ho, Ho ... time for some music!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that time of year again and nothing can get you in the holiday spirit like Christmas music. And I’m not talking about the endless stream of Christmas songs that blare out of store speakers … 0

Sounds Local: ‘Shine on you crazy diamond’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond. Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky. Shine on you crazy diamond.” — Pink Floyd Pink Floyd … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘For Cynthia’ honors a slain Ashfield journalist

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” — Henry Luce I have just listened to Tony Jillson’s recent CD, “For Cynthia.” It is a set of eight instrumental works … 0

Sounds Local: Signature Sound celebrates 20 years; Woman Songwriters Collective celebrates new EP

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today is Thanksgiving and since we talk about music here, let’s take a minute to be thankful for all the talented musicians living and working right here in our own backyard. And let’s also take this opportunity to … 0