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June & the Bee will celebrate its debut recording at the Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton, on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

Sounds Local: June & the Bee

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The past month was a busy one for CD releases and there are more on the horizon. This week sees the release of the debut recording by the folk pop band June & the Bee, an Amherst-based quintet that has been together for about two years. It will celebrate with a EP release show at the Iron Horse Music Hall, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Brick Church Music series returns

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The cello is a hero because of its register — its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is like a great orator. — Mstislav Rostropovich Fear not! With the cessation of the Old … 0

Sounds Local: Parsonsfield at the Shea Friday

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It’s a Wednesday afternoon and The five members of Parsonsfield are on their way to Nashville to take part in AmericanaFest 2014, a week-long celebration of American roots music that features showcases at clubs around the city. They are totally excited. The previous night, the band — Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn … 0

Sounds Local: Two great shows

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Singer-songwriter Patty Carpenter of Guilford, Vt., has been entertaining area audiences for many years now. You may know her as a solo jazz singer, or as a member of the genre-blurring Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band. You may also … 0

What is it to exist?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

About a year ago, one of Greenfield poet and musician Daniel Hales’ friends asked if he’d be interested in setting poems from Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice books to music for a performance she was working on. Hales was … 0

Sounds Local: Trailer Park brings the party to Mohawk

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

For the past 20 years, Trailer Park has been the Pioneer Valley’s go-to party band, proving time and again that it can entice even the most reluctant among us to get out on the dance floor. The band … 0

Sounds Local: The good & the bad

Thursday, January 2, 2014

As we move into 2014, it’s time to look back at the year that was and to revel in the CDs and live shows that we enjoyed as well as some of the disappointments we experienced. Throughout the year, we were continually reminded of all the amazingly talented … 0

Sounds Local: Want to celebrate with music & dancing? Sheryl’s got you covered

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

You wouldn’t necessarily expect a rock guitarist to team up with a jazz singer, but that’s what will happen when John Sheldon and Samirah Evans come together for a show at the Arts Block in Greenfield on New Year’s Eve. Evans is a jazz and blues singer whose … 0

Sounds Local: Life as a musical nomad

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Shanta Paloma was first drawn to music at the age of 7 when she discovered an old piano in the basement of a music shop in Paris. Her parents agreed to purchase the piano as long as she … 0

Holly May’s rising star

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This month has been really busy for 16-year-old Holly Mae Brown of Charlemont. The singer, who performs under the name Holly May, began with a road trip to Montclair, N.J., where she and Shelburne Falls singer-songwriter Una Jensen, … 0

Sounds Local: Emotional hits

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Singer-songwriter Jamie Kent performs about 200 shows a year, has released two CDs and has a solid fan base called “the collective,” a grass-roots group whose members give input into his career choices. But Kent realized that it was great songs that put musicians on the national map … 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