Journey Through Appalachian and American Folklore

FCLIR and Loomis Village present folklorist-musicians Michael Kline and Carrie Nobel Kline as they weave songs and stories, evoking the times that really matter, times with family and friends, spiritual times, wrapped in a patchwork quilt of vivid imagery.

March 1: Wild Hog in the Woods: Appalachian Songs of Love and Justice

The Klines’ high mountain harmony vocals meld with their intertwining bass lines on two guitars. Joining them are beloved Valley musicians Joe Blumenthal on upright bass and Jim Armenti on dynamic mandolin.

March 8: Talking Across the Lines Through Folklife

Journey with Michael and Carrie Kline through their lives as gatherers of local folklife. They will play spoken history field recordings and excerpts from the Talking Across the Lines podcast and tell stories that paint portraits of hidden lives in rural America, including Massachusetts.

March 15: Appalachia History Through Story and Song

Hear the crackly voices of Appalachian rememberers tell their history. Feel an old song tingle your spine. Delve into the role of traditional wit and wisdom in local survival. Travel the ages through the Klines’ collected fieldwork and live musical renderings. Feel the tensions of mountain history. Celebrate the tenacity of local tradition.

This event will take place at Loomis Village in South Hadley and on Zoom on March 1, 8 and 15, 2-4 p.m. Registration will open on February 9. Check your e-mail or contact the office on that date.

Michael Kline holds a PhD in Public Folklore and Carrie Nobel Kline has an MA in American Studies.

Thanks to Loomis Village for providing auditorium space, technical assistance, and refreshments after each session.

Links to some of their work on line were included in an earlier post.

Download the flyer (PDF).