Tradition and culture take center stage in Sheffield

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Swedish quintet Jaerv will hit the stage at Dewey Hall in Sheffield on Thursday, June 27. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Swedish folk band Jaerv has shared its music in Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Japan and Spain. And on Thursday, June 27, the band will perform for a crowd in Sheffield.

The concert, sponsored by Egremont-based wood supplier Berkshire Veneer and Berkshire Strings, a musical instruction school located in North Egremont, will provide patrons with a unique cultural experience, said Beth Carlson, Dewey Hall board member and co-producer of the event. Much of the programming offered at the locale has a historic element, she added.

“I think the programming happening at Dewey Hall is really unique. The venue is built for music and community events,” said Carlson.

Maggie MacRae, curator of this traditional music series, brought the band to Carlson’s attention. Jaerv first performed in Sheffield last winter and the attendance and feedback from the event was resoundingly successful, said Carlson.

“Their music just feeds the soul in a unique way,” she said. “The harmonies really speak to people on a physical and emotional way.”

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