The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum continues its 38th season of Wednesday Folk Traditions on July 17th, 2019 with Pan Morigan. Morigan will present “I Sing Earth!: Songs for the Fragile Waters and the sweet Dirty Ground: A musical meditation on the times we're livin' in”. Pan Morigan, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist uses innovative, original songs and passionate, unbridled vocals in multiple tongues, to reflect on migration, home, creativity, and love. Stirring sounds of the imagination with influences that range from traditional Irish, American, and Greek music, to Jazz, she offers something ineffable and timeless. This performance and all Wednesday Folk Traditions Concerts are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley MA 01035. Admission is $12, $2 children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum’s grounds starting at 5:00 pm. The museum and its grounds are a smoke-free site. For further information please call (413) 5844699 or view www.pphmuseum.org.
Pan Morigan, a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S., was influenced by many stellar musicians growing up, from Irish fiddlers, and folk and blues artists who jammed in the basement on weekends, to Jazz innovators, Persian classical musicians, Flamenco players, and Greek folk singers who were neighbors, friends and family. Pan respects her musical influences by integrating them into an authentically innovative songwriting path - honoring roots by finding a new voice. She takes her first inspiration though, from the vast, stormy skies and great lakes of the Midwest where she grew up. She hopes audiences will hear that primeval influence in her singing. Singer Lisa Fischer says that “Pan’s music is a gift to all who really listen.”
Pan Morigan has an extraordinarily wide vocal range and is a passionate powerhouse on stage. She plays hunter’s harp, banjo, guitar, violin and viola and will be accompanied by local greats: Joe Belmont on guitar, Tony Silva on guitar, and Rudi Weeks on bass. Local poet/playwright/producer Lenelle Moise, writing about Morigan’s recent recording Wild Blue, says that Pan’s voice: “Wails, sails, cartwheels, back flips, sashays, dives, soars and absolutely inspires.”
Wednesday Folk Traditions continues on July 24th with a performance by SayReal and ReBelle, the final concert of the season. SayReal, the children of ReBelle, are a local family musical journey, that includes a collective of young musical revolutionaries founded by sister-brother duo Naia Kete and Imani Elija. Their strong local musical lineage ignites a narrative of lyric, Rock and Reggae. Naia made her mark on the national scene with a top ten The Voice appearance.
The Porter-Phelps Huntington Museum Wednesday Folk Traditions is funded, in part, by grants from: the Marion I. And Otto C. Kohler Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts; the Amherst and Hadley Cultural Councils, local agencies, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; Massachusetts Cultural Council Festivals Program; Easthampton Savings Bank, Eversource Energy, Gage-Wiley & Co., and with generous support from many local businesses.
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is located at 130 River Drive (Route 47) in Hadley, two miles north of the junction of Routes 9 and 47. The Museum is open for guided tours Saturday through Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The house, which remains unchanged since the family’s occupancy, tells the story of six generations of prominent Hadley residents. The family, prosperous traders turned farmers, fought in both the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars, rose to prominence in local government, and embodied a consistently progressive social consciousness. Tours highlight both local and regional narratives, from architecture, material culture, and labor, to early-American theology, economics, women’s history and social movements. For further information about tours or other programs, please call the Museum at (413) 584-4699