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The Heath Fair will stage musical performances all weekend — Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-17 — beginning Friday night with Parsonsfield.

Sounds Local: The Heath Fair's musical soul

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When you think about country fairs, music is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind; unless, of course, you are thinking about the Heath Fair! This small agricultural fair, which kicks off tomorrow, offers an impressive musical lineup that consists of mostly local musicians. The music takes place amidst tractor pulls and sheep shows and is a … 0

Sounds Local: Northern Routes New Music Festival, unafraid to test the limits

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We are fortunate to live in an area where we can enjoy all types of music, even music that is considered unconventional and far removed from the mainstream. This weekend, listeners will have the opportunity to experience a variety of adventurous and experimental sounds when the Northern Routes New Music Festival touches down … 0

Sounds Local: Here comes the Upper Valley Music Festival

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The past couple of weekends have been busy ones in Greenfield. First there was the Green River Festival and then last weekend the Summerfest. The festivities will continue when the Upper Valley Music Festival comes to Greenfield on Saturday, July 26. Now in its fourth year, the festival will include nearly 40 musical … 0

Sound Local: Rumblebucket comes to The Shea

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Green River Festival 2010 was a memorable one. It was the year that Allen Toussaint brought a touch of New Orleans to town, that Cake sang about “long jackets,” and the Felice Brothers played roots music with the thrash and passion of a punk band. But most of … 0

Sounds Local: Summer sound track

Thursday, July 4, 2013

If you are looking to find the perfect summer sound track, then you may want to consider these recently released CDs by some local favorites and one from an up-and-coming group from Boston. Whether you favor crackling fiddles or jangly guitars, you are bound to find something here … 0

In a good place

Thursday, June 27, 2013

You’re about to meet me again/For the first time/And the last time I can hardly wait to begin/At the ending,” sings F. Alex Johnson on “I’m Still Running,” a hard-rocking tune that opens the debut album from his new band Colorway. The song features an ear-grabbing chorus and … 0

Sounds Local: Carrie Ferguson

Thursday, June 20, 2013

It’s quite common for a musician to hold a CD release show to celebrate the arrival of a new recording. But singer-songwriter Carrie Ferguson of Northampton will tweak the custom when she holds a release show at The Montague Bookmill on Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. for … 0

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

“What does she want me to do? She says that she knows moments are rare I suppose that it’s true And on she goes to say I don’t care when she knows that I do. Well, maybe she has to sing, for the sake of the song.” — … 0

A new talent comes to town

Thursday, June 6, 2013

With Memorial Day weekend behind us it is time to start exploring some of the summer musical events that make the Pioneer Valley such a special place to live during the warm weather months. One of the ongoing summer music series is the weekly Coop Concerts, which kicked … 0

Sounds Local: 'A crazy experience'

Thursday, May 30, 2013

When it comes time to record, most bands head to a studio or even choose to record at home. But the trio known as And the Traveler wanted the recording of its first disc to take place at a special location that would help foster its ambitious musical … 0

Sounds Local: The Dire Honey’s

Thursday, May 23, 2013

It starts off with the simple strumming of a mandolin, then a voice, sweet yet with an edge of anger, sings,. “ Well lay lay lay me down my friends/Hush hush hush you wounded men/My father he done left when I was ten/ so lay lay lay me … 0

Sounds Local

Thursday, May 16, 2013

“Hate me for a reason Not just for who I am Hate me for a reason Not because it fits your plan Don’t point your finger at me Don’t tell me I’m to blame Take some time — try to  understand.” — Trevor Sewell Hate Me for a Reason” is a new song … 0

Symbiotic sisters

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The local music scene has always had a strong contingent of singer-songwriters, but in the past couple of years, it’s become even stronger due to an influx of young female musicians who bring with them fresh ideas and a creative approach to music making. You have likely come … 1

‘This is who I am’

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Erin McKeown has never been one to play it safe. In a career that spans 14 years, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from western Massachusetts has released eight full-length albums, three EPs and performed an average of 200 shows a year. Her music is frequently labeled “genre bending,” which … 0

Opportunity came knocking

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The thought of hooking up with a record label wasn’t even in the back of Janet Ryan’s mind. Sure, she had been working as a soul and blues singer and songwriter since immersing herself in the Chicago blues scene as a teenager. But at the age of 57, … 0