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The Nields will be at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. (across from the fire station and village green and up the drive),  in West Brattleboro, Vt., on Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. They will also play a benefit show for Motherwoman of Hadley on Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at the Carlan Barn in Conway. Tickets are $20.

Sounds Local: Alive as you or me: Pete Seeger visits the Nields' dreams, inspiring a new CD

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Earlier this year, The Nields — sisters Katryna of Conway and Nerissa of Northampton — released a 17th album the aptly titled “XVII.” Inspiration for this project came from the life and music of the late Pete Seeger. The sisters’ love affair with Seeger’s music goes back to their childhood when their parents, who had their second date ever at a Seeger concert, would fill the family home with the music of the folk legend. It turned out that the Nields’ father was introduced to Seeger’s music directly from the man himself. During the 1950s, when Seeger was blacklisted and could not play in theaters, … 0

Sounds Local: Heather Maloney's new CD; uplifting songs of faith, hope & joy; Signature Sounds' new music festival

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We are not even half way through the year and already 2015 is turning out to be an amazing one for local music. Not since the early ’90s when Billboard magazine predicted that Northampton would be the next Seattle has so much national attention been focused on western Massachusetts. It started early in … 0

Sounds Local: Upbeat, easygoing and humorous, Johnny Memphis Band coming to The Arts Block

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Are you out there, can you hear this?/Jimmy Olsen, Johnny Memphis/I was out here listening all the time.” Dar Williams sang these lyrics on her song “Are You Out There” and like Williams, a lot of us were out there listening to Johnny Memphis (real name John Reily) during his long tenure as … 0

Sounds Local: Hats off to Signature Sounds!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Green River Festival 2014 is over and what a festival it was. The festivities got off to a strong start when it was announced last Wednesday that for the first time in its 28 years, the entire weekend … 0

Sounds Local: The Gas Light Tinkers — fusion that gets you moving

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Gaslight Tinkers hadn’t even taken the stage and the dance floor was already filling up, a sure sign that this crowd was familiar with the band and its danceable grooves. The group, which consists of Peter Siegel … 0

Sounds Local: Music you'll hear on the Green River Festival's Main Stage.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

To help you get ready for the Green River Festival, which will take place the weekend of July 12-13 on the grounds of Greenfield Community College, here is a look at some of the recent releases by musicians … 0

Sounds Local: Holly May and Una Jensen perform at The Shea Theater Saturday

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Being that Saturday, June 21, is the first day of summer, rising young singers Holly May and Una Jensen decided to celebrate the occasion in a big way by playing a summer kick-off concert at the Shea Theater … 0

Sounds Local: Upper Valley Music Festival moves to Greenfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last week, Tommy Byrnes of Sovereignty Music Services made the surprise announcement that the 2014 Upper Valley Music Festival (UVMF), which will take place on Saturday, July 26, will be held in downtown Greenfield instead of downtown Turners … 0

Sounds Local: Tall Heights

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Reflecting on his early days as a musician, guitarist and vocalist Tim Harrington said, “I always thought I’d end up doing the rock band thing.” But Harrington’s musical career didn’t quite follow that path. Instead, he teamed up … 0

Sounds Local: Ladies in Jazz

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When jazz singer Samirah Evans left New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and settled in Brattleboro, Vt., she left a successful career behind and had to reestablish herself in a very different musical environment. One place … 0

Sounds Local: Musical chemistry

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

June and Johnny Cash, Meg and Jack White, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Karen and Richard Carpenter, Richard and Linda Thompson ... and the list goes on. The world of music is full of men and women like … 0

Sounds Local: Concert series’ eyes on summer

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It’s that time of year when winter music series start winding down and summer programs begin to announce their schedules. Such is the case this weekend when the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse wraps up the 2014 winter season … 0

Sounds Local: The power of 3-chord pop

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We have all had the experience of driving in the car with the radio blaring in the background, when suddenly a song comes on that instantly grabs you. You turn up the volume, maybe even attempt to sing … 0

Sounds Local: ‘It is going to be one big party’

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The word “mosaic” is defined as “a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole,” which makes it the perfect word to describe an upcoming concert at the Arts Block in Greenfield. The Mosaic concert … 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, … 0