In order to keep us all safe from COVID-19, we are presenting the September concert outdoors at Mount Toby Friends Meeting, starting at 2:00 pm. Distancing is required by the town of Leverett at outdoor events. Masks are optional. Vaccination is required. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors with masks required.
Saturday – September 18 – 2:00 pm
Musician and songwriter Paul Kaplan has been an enthusiastic participant in the folk music world since the late 1960s. Long associated with Broadside and Fast Folk magazines, Paul’s music is best known through his songs such as “I Had an Old Coat,” “Henry the Accountant,” and “Call Me the Whale”. Pete Seeger said “I am a big fan of Paul Kaplan. I love his singing; I love his songs.” Paul has been honored by the inclusion of his songs in two monumental collections produced by Smithsonian Folkways. One of his first songs, “Vietnam,” appears in the Grammy-nominated Best of Broadside. A second song, “King of Hearts,” is featured in Fast Folk—a Community of Singers & Songwriters. And in 2004 “Henry the Accountant” was included in Being Human–Readings from the President’s Council on Bioethics, along with works by Homer, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dickinson, Whitman, George Bernard Shaw, etc.
His latest album – We Shall Stay Here – contains twelve songs that reflect the way he sees the world. Some may leave you in stitches; some may leave you in tears; some may leave you in your car in the driveway unable to stop listening. All of the supporting players did beautiful work on this album. Most notably, Paul was fortunate to get some amazing backup on four songs from Jay Ungar, composer of “Ashokan Farewell”, and from John Roberts, of “Roberts and Barrand” fame, who sings a duet with Paul and adds his classy concertina playing
Paul Kaplan has a rare gift for writing and singing songs in the old troubadour tradition. His new CD “After the Fire” is reminiscent of the works of Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers, with beautiful melodies and strong narratives seamlessly crafted into one classic ballad after another. This is the work of a master. — David Massengill
Suggested donation: $15 to $30
For more info and reservations: email@example.com or call Diane at 413-336-2589.