PAMELA MEANS

Saturday – February 18 – 7:00 pm

Pamela Means presents The Power of The Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day. Part-performance and mini-presentation, this family-friendly public event will explore the origin stories and lineages of protest songs, how their meanings and effects continue to transform through time and space, and how they have inspired–and continue to inspire–movements and cultural shifts within the realms of racial and social justice.

In addition, Pamela will also share her own experiences with becoming an artist and using her voice. A curated assortment of original songs and select, recognizable covers will be integrated into the presentation as a powerful demonstration of how grounding, unifying, and mobilizing protest songs can be.

Pamela Means is an Easthampton MA-based Out(spoken), Biracial, independent artist whose “kamikaze guitar style” and punchy provocative songs have worn a hole in two of her acoustic guitars. Armed with razor wit, timing of a stand-up comic, an engaging presence, elegant poetry, and irresistible charm, Pamela Means’s “stark, defiant songs” (New York Times) set the status quo and the stage afire. https://www.pamelameans.com

Suggested donation $15 to $25

Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

COVID -19 Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is no longer required. Measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 64 people and distancing of seating from others. We also use two room purifiers.

Watch at:

Color of the Skin” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsI1hmWyKVQ

Hands Up” https://www.pamelameans.com/video.html

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Jim Sharkey

www.jimsharkeymusic.com

JIM SHARKEY

Saturday – January 21 – 7:00 pm

Mount Toby Concerts

194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA

Singer- songwriter Jim Sharkey is an Irish and Americana folk musician who grew up in County Roscommon, and came to the U.S. In 1982. Having lived in Virginia and North Carolina, he presently, resides in Maine. Jim’s original songs blend Celtic traditional ballad influences with contemporary issues that are often set in the area he resides.

Jim Sharkey is not only a fine musician and a gifted songwriter – he brings his Irish wit and humor along. In between the haunting melodies, he keeps his audience spellbound with stories and jokes. Jim infuses all of his performances with the beauty and nostalgia of Ireland, but it’s his unique blend of Irish folk, American and personal songwriting that really make him shine. – Lisal Kayati Roberts

Listen at: Sweet Anne’s Road

Suggested donation $15 to $25

Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

COVID -19 Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is no longer required. Measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. We also use two room purifiers.

MAGPIE

Friday – December 2 – 7:00 pm

Mount Toby Concerts

194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA

With a career that has spanned forty years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians and social justice activists, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.

Magpie’s songs touch on historical, cultural and social interests with a large selection focusing on Civil Rights and the environment. Terry and Greg’s sound is that of two very strong voices, one female, one male, in powerful leads and two-part harmony, embellished by Terry’s guitar, harmonica, mandolin and dulcimer. Theirs is a powerful sound, full of passion and fire.

This performance will focus on the story of John Brown. It will draw from their CD featuring 11 songs about the famed abolitionist, his family, friends and associates. Plans are in the making for the presentation of their one-act play of the same name on May 6, 2022.

In Greg’s words: We have also tried to raise some questions about violence. Our national history is rife with violence. In our present day most of us deplore violence and take a lofty moral view of U.S. history as if our nation all along was non-violent. Nothing could be further from the truth, and slavery represented one of the most violent aspects of that history, far more violent than anything Brown ever did. So the question is: when is violence, and further, violent civil disobedience, appropriate? When is a law or a government so wrong and so intransigent that it may be deemed appropriate to resort to it? Which is a greater “immorality” or a greater “evil,” pro-active violence aimed at a redress of injustice or silent complicity in the injustice? How do we as a racist society deal with this story and with the legacy of slavery? From our point of view, Brown’s most important and most disquieting legacy is a call to direct action, not to violence. We believe, as people who have had the benefit of the great leaders Gandhi and King, that non-violent direct action is always best. Indeed, as we enter a new century there remain many problems in our society rooted in the negative aspects of our history which still require us to take direct action. We encourage everyone to search their own conscience and find their own way to take that action for the things they believe in. In particular, we encourage people everywhere to become involved in learning and practicing anti-racism, not just what is euphemistically referred to as non-racism. In our opinion, if you’re not part of the solution to racism, you’re part of the problem.

Click here for Magpie’s “Sword of the Spirit” facebook page: Sword of the Spirit

Listen at: Goodbye to Old Ohio

Suggested donation $15 to $25

Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

COVID -19 Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is no longer required. Measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. We also use two room purifiers.

MICHAEL & CARRIE KLINE

with Joe Blumenthal and Jim Armenti

Saturday – November 19 – 7:00 pm

www.folktalk.org

Michael and Carrie Kline perform country harmony duets from coal mining songs to gospel, family songs and front porch music. Listeners may find themselves dancing a waltz to “Fiddler Jones,” the song that celebrates the role of music and old-time fiddlers in our lives and our communities, those who play for family and friends or local dances, or those who play for no one at all. 

Carrie and Michael Kline’s lives circle around one another and are inspired by Appalachian music and culture. Their voices carry the songs with truth and authenticity, and their guitar accompaniments and haunting harmonies get you where you live. With their lifelong focus on West Virginia history and tradition, their performances celebrate the old-time singers as well as the songs.

Michael and Carrie perform in Europe and across the United States. As folklorist-musicians they weave songs and stories, evoking the times that really matter, time with family and friends, spiritual times, wrapped in a patchwork quilt of vivid imagery. Kitchen songs. You can smell the biscuits baking.

“We bring to this listening space an appreciation for small town life that will resonate with members of the community. We place our songs in a historical, folkloric context with stories and images to set the stage for the songs. We banter with one another and with our audience. But mostly we sing in the kind of tight, high mountain harmony that comes from living and loving together for thirty years, having met in the Valley and recently returned after 26 years as West Virginia-based folklorists, oral historians, and music makers. Our guitar accompaniments are also in closely arranged harmony, with Michael’s melodic lines and Carrie’s rhythm and runs, elevated by Joe Blumenthal’s upright bass arrangements. Jim Armenti brings special pizzazz through his intuitive gifts on the mandolin. We specialize in songs of working people, Appalachian songs, and country duets of people and nature, with a couple of country love songs woven into the mix.” A beloved musical fixture in the Valley, Jim Armenti raises the energy of the Klines’ band a few notches with his creative and high-powered mandolin backup bringing a new level of passion. Armenti is a band member for several well-known performing groups from The Young At Heart Chorus to Klezimir to The Lonesome Brothers. 

Suggested donation: $15 to $25 (or pay as you are able)

Reservations at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

COVID Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus are no longer required.

Safety measures taken include reduced room capacity to 50 people, distanced seating from others, and the use of room purifiers.

Listen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CH8woGxbnk

SCOTT COOK with Pamela Mae

https://scottcook.net

Saturday – October 8 – 7:30 pm

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Alberta’s Scott Cook has distilled the stories collected over fourteen years of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. He brings humour, a disarming honesty and a deep love of humanity to his songcraft and storytelling, whether accompanying himself with fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo or backed by his acoustic trio the Second Chances. He has made his living as a troubadour since 2007, and independently released seven albums along the way. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

“He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own… A good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humour, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice… Truly one of Woody Guthrie’s children.” – David Burke, RnR Magazine

Suggested donation: $20 to $30 (or pay as you are able)

Reservations at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

COVID Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days. Additional safety measures include reduced room capacity to 50 people, distanced seating from others, and the use of room purifiers.

Watch Videos:

“Say Can You See” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxxjLu0TKF0

“Fellas Get Out the Way” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1evEG_L9-zo

BEV GRANT & CAROLANN SOLEBELLO

Saturday – September 17 – 4:00 pm

Mount Toby Outdoor Concert

BEV GRANT is a veteran social activist, feminist, labor singer/songwriter, and “cultural worker” from Park Slope Brooklyn. She is the co-creator of a women’s labor history multi-media presentation entitled “We Were There!” and has numerous albums, including “We Were There!”, a solo CD entitled “IN TUNE”, a 7-song EP with her former group, Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters, called “CHEEKY WOMAN”, two albums with her former band, “Human Condition” and her CD with Ina May Wool, entitled “WOOL&GRANT”. Her latest album “IT’S PERSONAL” is an introspective and heart-felt collection of personal songs.

Bev is an award-winning songwriter and has used her music as an organizing tool in both community and union organizing. She has written songs for issues or campaigns, such as “Take A Walk In My shoes” written for a domestic violence survivor’s advocacy group called Voices of Women Organizing Project (VOW). and “No Sweat!”, performed by Bev and co-writer, Pat Humphries, at the University Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) conference. https://bevgrant.com

CAROLANN SOLEBELLO is a performing songwriter born and bred in New York City. Best known to folk audiences as a founding member of Americana trio Red Molly, she now tours both solo and with modern folk quartet No Fuss and Feathers. Carolann’s smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style surely nod to rural folk traditions, yet her decidedly urban sense of rhythm and sophisticated vocal phrasing bend those traditional forms into more contemporary shapes. She has won numerous songwriting awards. Carolann released her fifth solo album, Shiver in 2018.

“Carolann Solebello may be the best-kept secret in the world of singer-songwriters…She possesses one of the best voices in the singer-songwriter world with vocal body and spot-on intonation…” – Rich Warren https://carolannsolebello.com

Suggested donation: $20 to $30 (Pay as you are able)

This concert will be held outdoors. There will be no limitation on the audience, but you must be vaccinated against COVID. Masks are optional. Bring a comfortable chair and a picnic basket, if you wish. We will move indoors if it rains, in which case masks are required.

For more info: diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

TONY VACCA

Saturday – August 20 – 4:00 pm

Outdoor Show at Mt. Toby Concerts

194 Long Plain Rd., (Rt. 63), Leverett, MA

Tony Vacca has been a freelance percussionist/poet for over four decades, incorporating a world of percussion music and instruments to create something… all his own. Over the course of his career he has made a habit of pushing the already adventurous conventions of World Fusion Music into new territory, both as a soloist and as the leader of his World Rhythms Ensemble. Twenty-one trips to West Africa have contributed to his unique approach and to his depth of knowledge regarding the confluence of African and American musical traditions and innovations.

Over this past decade, Tony has incorporated some of his spoken word in his live concerts, and has just published a book of words called “The Rescue of Luminous Being.”

He has performed and/or recorded with Pop icon Sting, Jazz and world music legends Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef and Avery Sharpe; with world-renowned Senegalese vocalist Baaba Maal; with American-born vocalist/percussionist Vinx, and with American poets Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets), Ms. Tantra Zawadi, and America’s Beat Poet laureate, Paul Richmond. All this in addition to his work as a soloist and his performing projects that include World Rhythms Ensemble, The Senegal-America Project, Fusion Nomads, Impulse Ensemble, and Do It Now.

Suggested donation: $20 to $30 (Pay as you are able)

Rain date: Saturday, August 27, 4:00 pm

This concert will be held outdoors. There will be no limitation on the audience, but you must be vaccinated against COVID. Masks are optional. Bring a comfortable chair and a picnic basket, if you wish.

For more info: diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

Listen at:

For a sample of his performances go to: https://www.tonyvacca.com/tony-vacca. Scroll down to “Baoule Dance Song.”

For a sample of recordings go to: tonyvacca.bandcamp.com

TERESA HEALY & TOM JURAVICH

Outdoor Concert

Saturday – July 30 – 4:00 pm

Teresa Healy is a singer-songwriter well-known in folk and activist circles across Canada. She now calls Brattleboro, Vermont, home. Healy’s first CD, She Pushed from Behind, dealt with the issues of early feminism in Canada. Her work with labour activists in the Ottawa Irish community was featured on CBC, while her peace songs have been heard around the world. As David Francey says of her writing, Teresa shows “a keen eye for the everyday.” This attention to the details of family life is at the heart of Boot Against Nettle, a collection of original songs ready to be turned into Healy’s next recording.

Tom Juravich is a singer-songwriter with deep roots in Massachusetts. He now shares a home with Teresa in southern Vermont. Tom has been writing and singing about the hopes and dreams of working people all of his life. At the core of Juravich’s music is his voice. As Pete Seeger put it, “I was impressed by your wide variety of material and frankly, jealous of your wonderful voice.” Juravich released Altar of the Bottom Line just after Healy & Juravich’s first collaboration Tangled in Our Dreams came out. PreviousCDs, World to Win and Out of Darkness were released by Flying Fish/Rounder Records.  Juravich’s songs are included in Rise up Singing and Pete Seeger’s Carry it On. http://www.tomjuravich.com

Healy & Juravich offer their audiences duets about work, life, struggle and love. Together, they have performed for union and community groups, house concerts and protest rallies in the United States and Canada. They have written songs supporting campaigns for public health care and celebrating activism. Other original songs oppose war and militarism and express solidarity with families facing the ongoing housing crisis.

Suggested donation: $20 to $30 (Pay as you are able)

This concert will be held outdoors. There will be no limitation on the audience, but you must be vaccinated against COVID. Masks are optional. Bring a comfortable chair and a picnic basket, if you wish.

More info at https://mttobyconcerts.wordpress.com/

email diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

Change in Concert Setting

Gerry, Mara, Stuart

Mara Levine with Gathering Time Concert
Saturday – June 18 – 7:00 pm

Mount Toby Concerts

194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA

The Saturday, June 18, 7:00 pm concert will proceed as scheduled, but it will take place indoors due to the predicted cold weather. This change will affect the audience size (limited to 50) and the COVID restrictions will be in place.

COVID Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days.* Additional safety measures include reduced room capacity to 50 people, distanced seating from others, and the use of room purifiers.
*Due to the short notice, a rapid COVID test done on-site will be acceptable.

Don’t let this change keep you from seeing a fantastic show.
For reservations, contact diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

Mara Levine with Gathering Time

Saturday – June 18 – 7:00 pm

Mount Toby Concerts

194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA

Gerry McKeveny, Mara Levine and Stuart Markus

SONGS OF HOPE, FREEDOM AND CONSCIENCE

Part of the role of the folk singer has been to get people to think about issues in society they might not – or might prefer not to – think about otherwise. Mara Levine with Gathering Time will present  some of the best modern and classic folk songs on topics that call out for consideration – as well as thoughtful and inspiring originals penned by the members of Gathering Time

Mara Levine is called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin,  internationally touring folksinger  Mara Levine has been creating beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs for many years. Folk DJ Jim Marino has referred to her as “golden-voiced,” while Michael Stock calls her voice “full, rich and soothing.”
Mara and Gathering Time have been touring separately and together on the folk circuit for about 12 years, in the northeastern U.S. and beyond.  They jointly released two socially conscious songs in September 2017, in response to the re-emergence of hate groups in America: “By My Silence” (Ellen Bukstel & Nick Annis) and “Too Far To Turn Back Now” (Markus).

“As I was selecting material for my third” CD Facets of Folk, I was inspired by the current political and social challenges facing us today, and thought a great deal about the importance of speaking out against injustice, both societal, and for people in our lives who are being wronged.” We will present a number of songs of social conscience from Mara’s recordings with themes of taking a stand, making a difference and considering the treatment of others. The songs written by popular contemporary songwriters include “Upstream” by Si Kahn, “Daughters and Sons” by Tommy Sands and “The Moment Slipped Away” by  Christine Lavin.  Songs by emerging talents include  “You Reap What You Sow” by Susan Shann, “By My Silence” by  Ellen Bukstel and Nick Annis, “Be the Change” by Arlon Bennet and “Immigrant Dream” by Bob Wright. https://maralevine.com

Gathering Time is an internationally touring folk-rock harmony AAA/Americana trio. Like a co-ed CSN, GT is known for astute songwriting, spirited and accomplished musicianship — and a stellar vocal blend. Stuart Markus, Gerry McKeveny (with Mara Levine standing in for Hillary Foxsong) evince deep roots in ’60s folk-rock, with a healthy dash of traditional folk in the mix.

Folk songs have a long history of being a way for ordinary people to protest injustice and oppression, demand freedom and rights, and inspire each other to action.  Gathering Time’s selections include thoughtful and inspiring originals such as “Silver Star” by Gerry Mckeveny, “Too far to Turn Back Now” and “Songs of Hope and Freedom” by Stuart Markus, and iconic songs such as “Get together” by Chet Powers, “Turn Turn Turn” by Pete Seeger, “There but for Fortune” by Phil Ochs and “If I had My Way” by the Reverend Gary Davis ”, all songs that stir the soul to reestablish the common bonds of humanity we share with our neighbors and people throughout the world, and the responsibility we have to one another. https://www.gathering-time.com

Mara and Gathering Time have been touring separately and together on the folk circuit for about 12 years, in the northeastern U.S. and beyond. They jointly released two socially conscious songs in September 2017, in response to the re-emergence of hate groups in America: “By My Silence” (Ellen Bukstel & Nick Annis) and “Too Far To Turn Back Now” (Markus).

Suggested donation: $20 to $30

For reservations, contact diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

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This concert will be held outdoors, weather permitting. There are no limits to audience size. Masks are optional. In case of rain, the concert will move indoors where the usual COVID policy will apply:

COVID Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days. Additional safety measures include reduced room capacity to 50 people, distanced seating from others, and the use of room purifiers.

Mara Levine and Gathering Time