You are visiting the online home of Long Island, New York’s leading all-volunteer, nonprofit presenter of folk and acoustic concerts. The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series (most concerts are preceded by open mics), a monthly folk jam and sing-along, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Information about these and other events, along with an extensive links section highlighting our members and Acoustic Allies, can be found elsewhere on this website.

2018-2019 Concert Summary

12/20 – Hard Luck Café – Belle of the Fall + Kate Callahan
1/5/2019 – First Saturday Concert – Guy Davis + Vance Gilbert
1/17/2019 – Hard Luck Café – All Types of Kinds (ATOK) + Kate Vargas and The Reckless Daughters
3/2/2019 – First Saturday Concert – Alice Howe & Freebo
4/6/2019 – First Saturday Concert – Cheryl Wheeler
4/18/2019 – Hard Luck Café – The Everly Set:
Sean Altman & Jack Skuller Celebrate The Everly Brothers
6/1/2019 – First Saturday Concert – Susan Werner

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, December 20th, 2018, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Connecticut-based artists Belle of the Fall and Kate Callahan share the bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington) on Thursday, Dec. 20. Both acts showcased their talents during this summer’s Huntington Folk Festival. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members) and will be available at the door.

    Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford – an indie folk-rock pop alternative Americana duo. The two met when Walton produced Ford’s solo debut album in 2014 at his studio and spent the better part of the next year touring together as solo artists. They began to play on each other’s sets and sang harmonies together before becoming a duo in 2015. Walton’s weathered voice and upright bass complement Ford’s angelic vocals. Belle of the Fall has released two albums – Earthbound and Rise Up – both recorded at Walton’s On Deck Sound Studio, where Ford also now works -- so when they are not touring or working on their own projects, they are working with other artists.

    Kate Callahan was Connecticut’s official State Troubadour from 2016-2018, which afforded her the opportunity to travel and perform music throughout the state. She is among the most awarded singer-songwriters in her home state – having been named the Hartford Courant’s Woman of Character and Best Singer-Songwriter in the 2017 CT Now readers poll, among other honors. Her live performances feature soulful, optimistic and uplifting original music – including songs about the earth, gratitude, marriage, love, and spirit -- plus select songs by Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Callahan, who loves to use her voice to tell stories and weave anecdotes about the healing power of music throughout her concerts, also has a vocal empowerment coaching business. She recently released Triumph.
  • Sat, January 5th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    Guy Davis once said: “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have he dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy Davis has excelled at for more than 20 years of songwriting and performing. It’s no wonder his reverence for the blues masters who’ve gone before him has been evident in every album he’s ever recorded or concert he’s given.

    Davis’s musical storytelling has been influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, while his musicality draws inspiration from such artists as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Babatunde Olatunji and Sonny Terry (to whom he pays homage on his album, Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train).

    The son of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world — from the Equator to the Arctic Circle — earning him the title “A Ambassador of the Blues. His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. Guy Davis previously graced the FMSH stage in 2006, and we are pleased to welcome him back. http://guydavis.com/wp/

    Vance Gilbert is not merely a talented singer-songwriter, but a consummate entertainer who possesses “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god.” ( Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

    With his engaging personality, wonderful biting wit, soulful and resonant tenor voice, and solid songwriting and performance skills, Vance Gilbert has been impressing audiences since emerging on the Northeast singer-songwriter scene during the early 1990s. A former multicultural arts teacher and jazz singer from the Philadelphia suburbs, he began playing open mics in the Boston area and soon attracted the attention of singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin. She invited him to be a special guest on a 1992 tour in support of her Fat City album. Gilbert has since released many albums of his own, toured extensively, and opened tours for the late comedian George Carlin. His songwriting and performance clinics at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conferences, and the Rocky Mountain Song School have drawn rave reviews from attendees— as have his previous performances for FMSH and as a co-headliner during the 2010 Huntington Folk Festival.

  • Thu, January 17th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Check back later for details
  • Sun, January 20th, 2019, 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    The Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Folk Jam/Song Circle/Sing-Along affords musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their performance skills. Extending from 1-4 p.m. one Sunday a month at the South Huntington Public Library (145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station), the Folk Jams are completely acoustic, unplugged events attended primarily by amateur musicians and those who love to sing, although visitors who just want to listen are also welcome. Song selections range across the broad folk milieu, but are often taken from the "Rise Up Singing" and "Rise Again" songbooks. Admission is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring their voices, acoustic instruments, and a snack/non-alcoholic beverage to share.
  • Sat, February 2nd, 2019, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Americana roots, rhythm and harmony quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have toured North America for 18 years -- visiting coffeehouses, performing arts centers and festivals (including the Newport Folk Festival and the California World Music Festival, among others).

    The band brings fiddle, guitar, bass and junk percussion to 100 years of American music that ranges from Appalachian ballads and Georgia Sea Islands tunes to Springsteen covers, songs by contemporary writers, and incisive originals. Its sound is “tight, with stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar), a mix of New Orleans grooves, old-time gospel harmonies, bluesy swing fiddle, and fiery electric and acoustic guitar. All four-band members sing lead, with Arbo’s alto at the helm. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have released seven CDs on Signature Sounds. Wintersong (2016) is its most recent release.

    “Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem dig deep into their collective souls, finding joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” (The Hartford Courant).

    More information on the band may be found online at raniarbo.com.
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