UMass Libraries 20th Annual Fall Reception
September 21, 2018
5:00 pm-7:30 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Join us for a folk revival concert to celebrate the donation of the Folk New England Collection to Special Collections and University Archives. Over the Course of 60 years, Betsy Siggins Schmidt (founding member of the legendary Cambridge, Mass., folk music venue Club 47) and friends have saved letters, documents, recordings, posters, photographs, oral histories, and other memorabilia that are now part of a permanent and growing collection in the w. E. B. Du Bois Library. The Folk New England Collection documents the traditional music of our region and explores the rich connections between music and social change, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive archives of its type.
We invite you to learn about the Folk New England Collection through song and story, featuring a performance by Jim Rooney & Friends. Rooney (Amherst '60) is a music producer, author, and a pioneer of Americana music, whose early folk roots are in Western Massachusetts. His classmate, the late banjo innovator Bill Keith, joined forces with musicians Buffy Sainte-Marie (UMass '70) and Taj Mahal (UMass '63) to found the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, which continues to hold monthly song & story swaps in Amherst today. Rooney went on to direct the Newport Folk Festival in its early days, and has produced albums for artists such as Nanci Griffith and John Prine; he received a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association in 2009.
Reception 5:00 p.m.
Program and Concert 6:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by September 14.