Nix Now 5.19.24

Nix Now


Michael Nix


In the past couple of weeks I have played some interesting concerts.

On 5.12.24 I played tenor banjo with the Springfield Chamber Players in Clifton J. Noble’s folk cantata setting of Jane Yolen’s “Johnny Appleseed: The Legend and the Truth” on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, MA.

Musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra website event listing:

Here is a link to a nice "In the Spotlight" on-line review of the performance:

In the Spotlight


On Saturday, 5.18.25 I played a set with Gloria Matlock and the small ensemble children’s choir of Twice As Smart at the 14th Annual Bee Fest, 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield, MA. With lots of family fun, activities and music, Bee Fest celebrates the invention of the Beehive Box right here in Greenfield!

Nix Compositions and Writings

On March 5, 2024 I premiered two of my "Cowboy Songs" for Baritone Voice, violin, Cello and Piano in the Tuesday Morning Music Club's composer's forum concert featuring new works by TMMC composers Anita Cooper, Jay Ducharme, Mark Fraser, Zeke Hecker, and Clifton J. Noble, and myself.

The "Cowboy Songs" performers were:

Peter Shea, baritone; Chris Devine, violin; Mark Fraser, cello; Clifton J. Noble, piano

The songs were performed dynamically and were well received by the audience!

I am in the process of composing more songs to flesh out a larger song cycle.  Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this work and a more detailed discussion of the movements!


I  was a finalist in the Poet's Seat Poetry Contest and will be reading my poem "Barton Cove" at the Greenfield Public Library, on April 23.  This annual event is one of the things I love about living in this town!

Msc. Thoughts

After working hard at getting the tenor banjo plectrum style in shape for Johnny Appleseed for the past couple of months, I'm back to work polishing my New Classic Banjo Project repertoire for classic finger-style banjar.  I have been talking to composers about some new works for the banjar--perhaps a chamber piece is coming my way!

Upcoming Events

6.8.24 Montague Music Festival,  Twice as Smart, Michael Nix and Gloria Matlock 3 pm
“Good Music Makes Good Neighbors”
The Pergola
67 Main Street
Montague Center, Ma 01351

Twice as Smart with Gloria Matlock and Michael Nix, Guitar
LAVA Center for the Arts
324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. 01301

7.7.24 Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Series, 3 pm
Michael Nix with the Pioneer Consort
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
10 Memorial St, Deerfield, MA 01342

7.14.24 Shelburne Falls Porch Festival 11 am - 6 pm
Michael Nix, solo Banjar

7.20.24 LAVA Center for the Arts Saturday Salon 11 am – 2 Pm
LAVA Center for the Arts
324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA. 01301

8.9.24 GFDC Coffeehouse, Michael Nix and Gloria Matlock, 7 pm
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376

8.13.24-8.17.24 Bela Fleck Bluegrass Camp
Brevard Music Center
Brevard, North Carolina
2024 Banjo Gathering

Banjo Gathering Research Conference
Hilton Garden Inn
Lansing, Michigan 

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