The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Parlor Sessions

The Parlor Sessions are back!

On winter Sundays from January 10th through April 3rd, we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, a break for hot soup, and an all-comers' jam.

Tickets go on sale the week of December 14th at

The Parlor Sessions are a take on the Newfoundlanders' kitchen party, the Irish pub seisiun, the NYC cellar jam. They're meant to welcome musicians, music students, and fans of American roots music -- a typical crowd at The Parlor Room on any night. The first half of the session is a down-home concert of the guest musician's work: old tunes, new tunes, works in progress, influences, interests. Then, a break for hot soup and bread. Then, the room changes over to a jam led by the guest musician. The house band helps get the jam going. Everyone who wants to can join or listen or sing, as suits. Bring your own stringed instrument and BYOB.

This year's sponsor for the series is Goat Peak Strings (Easthampton, MA), which specializes in vintage, rare, and handmade stringed instruments.

10 Edith & Bennett / Worksongs & General Revelry /
17 Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum / California Cultural Exchange /
24 Chris Brashear / String Master /
31 Bruce Molsky, Allison DeGroot, Stash Wyslouch / Molsky's Mountain Drifters /

14 Zoe Darrow / Fiddler's Call
21 Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Kieran Jordan & Friends / County Clare Kitchen Session /, [Note: There'll be an afternoon workshop by Kieran Jordan.]
28 Twisted Pine and Max Wareham w/ Very Special Guest / Back Porch Festival /,

6 Jeremiah McLane, Owen Marshall & Corey DiMario / Cafe Mysterieux /
13 Jayme Stone / The Lomax Project /
20 Corey DiMario & Lissa Schneckenburger / Nor'easter /
3 The Press Gang / Irish Diaspora /

For tickets and information: www.signaturesoundspresents or call 413.923.2800

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