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Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni will perform Albanian music with the 60-member Greenfield Harmony chorus Sunday at 5 p.m. in Hadley.

Symbols of pride: Greenfield Harmony concert Sunday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Story by Richie Davis Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni may not exactly be household names in this country. But in Albania — and in the Albanian-American community in the U.S. — the wife-and-husband musical duo are very big as performers. And when they sing together with Greenfield Harmony chorus as part of its spring concert Sunday at 5 p.m., Halili … 0

Sounds Local: Robin and Linda Williams perform Friday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Robin and Linda Williams were making music together long before “Americana” became a popular musical genre. The married couple from Virginia never really bothered to label the type of music it performed. As far as they were concerned, they were simply playing the music they loved. With Robin on guitar and Linda on … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Spring sweetens the deal

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

... in just spring, when the world is mud-luscious ... and puddle wonderful ...”— ee cummings As they say, “Getting there is half the fun.”In New York City, concert-going involves enduring the often-less-than-refreshing, not infrequently stressful transit to one’s destination. In my case, as an undergraduate at Queens College in the late 1960s … 0

Sounds Local: "So far, it has been a blast"

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ethan Stone has always been one to give back to his community. An established singer-songwriter, who divides his time between Boston and Athol, Stone, is the driving force behind the free Tool Town Live free concert series held … 0

Rock them pumpkins Saturday

Thursday, October 10, 2013

It’s that spooky time of year and one of the area’s biggest Halloween-related events will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, when the fourth annual Franklin County Pumpkinfest takes over downtown Turners Falls. In addition to celebrating pumpkins and all things autumn, the event is a great one for … 0

Big hair, high heels, hot rock

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wouldn’t it be great to hear David Bowie and Lou Reed perform in Greenfield? OK, so that’s probably not going to happen, but you can settle for the next best thing if you attend the Velvet Goldmine after-party at the Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield on Saturday, … 0

Lui Collins returns to the stage

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Folk singer Lui Collins, an Ashfield resident who has been performing, writing and recording for over 40 years, will headline a concert at All Souls Church in Greenfield on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30. She will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Anand Nayak (Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem.) Nayak … 0

Sounds Local:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

As we come to the end of August, we bid farewell to most of the summer music series and prepare to welcome the many fall festivals and fairs that all feature live music. And this is also the time of year when venues that were dormant during the … 0

This one is about having fun

Thursday, September 5, 2013

It was in 1931 that the Duke Ellington Orchestra first played “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.” By 1935, big band leaders like Benny Goodman made swing, with its lively rhythms, fast tempos and heavy use of brass, the most popular music of … 0

Honest, literate lyrics

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In the early 1990s, there was a major folk renaissance in the Boston area that gave rise to a host of new talent, including Catie Curtis, Patty Griffin, Vance Gilbert, Martin Sexton and Ellis Paul. Since emerging from that scene, Paul has gone on to establish himself as … 0

Why not Banish Misfortune Friday?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Many music fans view Irish music as something you listen to around St. Patrick’s Day and then pack away like your favorite Christmas decoration to be enjoyed next year. But like every musical genre, there are people who play and enjoy this uplifting music year round. Musicians and … 0

Sounds Local: ‘Beauties’ among Heath Fair’s offerings

Thursday, August 15, 2013

When we think about the Heath Fair, we think of farm animals, truck pulls and gymkhana, but what one doesn’t always associate with a small town agricultural fair is music. And when I say music, I mean the kind of high-quality musical acts that you would hear at … 0

Sounds Local: Transperformance goes ‘Beyond Bob’

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The only good thing about summer coming to an end is the arrival of the annual Transperformance concert at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence. Held the last Tuesday of August for the past 23 years, this end-of-summer bash, in which local musicians transform themselves into … 0