Spotlight: Lilies of the Vineyard, mother-daughter art exhibit

  • The Boxcar Lilies

  • Jim Henry

  • Flyers for Hope & Feathers show

Published: 9/6/2018 4:23:26 PM

Lilies of the Vineyard

The Boxcar Lilies, the Americana group from Franklin County, began as a trio several years ago but more recently have played as a duo. But members Jenny Goodspeed and Stephanie Marshall say their live gigs in this area, as well as their studio sessions, have consistently benefited from another musician, even if he’s not an official member of the band: Jim Henry.

“Jim’s played on all three of our albums,” Marshall told the Gazette a few years ago. “We consider him an honorary Lily.”

Henry, of Shutesbury, has been a fixture for years in the Valley’s music scene, playing for a wide range of other musicians on electric and acoustic guitars, dobro and mandolin. On Saturday at 6 p.m., he’ll join the Boxcar Lilies for another of those shows at the Glendale Ridge Vineyard in Southampton, part of a series that invites listeners to sip wine and sample edibles from food trucks — or just partake from their own picnic baskets — as they take in the music.

The Lilies are known for their close harmonies, intelligent songwriting and thoughtful arrangements of cover tunes, including songs by James Taylor and Neil Young. Their repertoire, built around acoustic guitar, banjo, bass and washboard, includes folk, bluegrass, country and other styles; their most recent album, 2015’s “Knockout Rose,” delved into Celtic, blues and country-pop with songs such as “Not in My Name” and “Put the Top Down.”

Among the positive reviews they’ve received was one from The Cape Cod Times, which said the Lilies “bring energy, improvisation and a charming presence to the stage each night. Anyone with an ear for folk or luscious harmonies will enjoy these women.”

The Lilies are also promising plenty of onstage banter and storytelling with Henry, who’s been known to needle his fellow musicians. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the show; no outside alcohol. Tickets are $15. The Vineyard is located at 155 Glendale Road in Southampton.


Mother, daughter, artists

Sue Kassirer has been creating sculpture and installation art for over 30 years. Natalie Kassirer has been crafting intricate pen-and-ink drawings and other illustrations for less than that, though she’s been quite serious about it for several years. And though mother and daughter share a love of art, they’ve never shown their work together — until now.

Next Thursday, Hope and Feathers, the Amherst framing shop and gallery, opens a dual show of the Kassirers’ art, “the heart & the harrows,” one based on a theme animating both artists’ work: the representation of emotion through earth-based imagery.

Sue Kassirer, who makes sculptural ceramic pieces and functional ones, says motherhood is a strong influence on her work, as are the current state of politics and the environment: "While I retreat to nature for solace and take great inspiration from the expansiveness of it, I fear for it. My fear can be seen in my subject matter, and in sharp bristling hardware contrasted with the soft colorings of smoked clay.”

Natalie Kassirer, a 2015 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, also looks to nature — as well as music and pop culture — for inspiration for her drawings. She’s an avid nester whose work, as she puts it, showcases “a deep reverence for the natural world and its ability to turn death into new life,” which she showcases in drawings such as “I Felt A Funeral In My Brain,” based on the Emily Dickinson poem of the same name.

The show runs through September 28. Hope and Feathers is located at 319 Main Street in Amherst. For store hours and more information, visit

— Steve Pfarrer












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