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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.

2019 Concert Summary

1/17/2019 – Hard Luck Café – All Types of Kinds (ATOK) + Kate Vargas and The Reckless Daughters
2/2/2019 – First Saturday Concert – Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
2/21/2019 – Hard Luck Café – Anne O’Rourke + Bryan Gallo
3/2/2019 – First Saturday Concert – Alice Howe & Freebo
3/21/2019 – Hard Luck Café – Dennis McDoNoUgh + Carla Ulbrich
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
5/4/2019 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
5/16/2019 – Hard Luck Café – TBD
6/1/2019 – First Saturday Concert – Susan Werner
6/20/2019 – Hard Luck Café – Kyle Hancharick + Monica Rizzio

Upcoming Events

  • Sat, February 2nd, 2019, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Americana roots, rhythm and harmony quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem has 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 has 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.
  • Sun, February 10th, 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.
  • Thu, February 21st, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Bryan Gallo and Anne O’Rourke, two young Long Island-based singer-songwriters, share the bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington) on Thursday, February 21. 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.

    Bryan Gallo is inspired by the pressures and consequences of living life romantically. Intrigued by both the sounds of alternative country-rock and wistful pop music, he embarked on a career as a performing singer-songwriter and began to pen songs that are deeply personal but still readily accessible. Steeped in reflective heartache, the lexicon of Gallo’s lyrics stands as a testament to his raw talent as a musician while weaving a flush and relatable narrative.

    Gallo has performed at such noted venues as The Vail Leavitt Theater in Riverhead and the historic Guild Hall on LI’s East End; notable NYC clubs including Arlene’s Grocery, Pianos, and The Mercury Lounge; as well as at the Great South Bay Music Festival and the Montauk Music Festival. He released his debut album, The Party Guest, in late 2014 and a holiday-themed EP a year later. (www.bryangallo.com)

    Anne O’Rourke hails from LI’s North Fork. Her music blends her love of indie, folk and musical theater, while her songs are about personal growth and reshaping the narrative into something positive. O’Rourke studied violin as a child, picked up her first guitar at age 14, and began writing songs at the urging of her instructor. Her passion for music and songwriting extends beyond the stage and into the classrooms of preschoolers with special needs, where she works as board-certified music therapist.

    New to the music scene, O’Rourke showcased her talents during last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival and the Fresh Brewed Sessions Concert Series, and she also was featured on 90.1 FM’s Homegrown Long Island. Her debut self-titled EP - recorded with Huntington’s own Kirsten Maxwell and Carley Ridini (Car Astor) - was just released this winter. (www.anneorourkemusic.com)
  • Sat, March 2nd, 2019, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Freebo, a veteran singer-songwriter and musical sideman (best known as Bonnie Raitt’s bass player for 10 years), was impressed upon first hearing Alice Howe perform during the 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. After reconnecting with the young, up-and-coming artist a few months later at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Freebo invited Alice to record a few songs with him in California – and a musical partnership was forged. They have been touring together and backing each other on their respective songs in concert, while Freebo is producing Howe’s forthcoming debut full-length album.

    Alice Howe:

    With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and well-crafted poetic lyrics, Boston area-based singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal,” writes Mark Walton in Americana UK. Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in 1960s folk and 1970s Southern California songwriters.

    Alice’s 2017 EP You've Been Away So Long features her original song “Homeland Blues,” which debuted at #1 on the international Folk DJ top songs chart in April 2017. She participated in last year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and has performed at such venerable Northeast venues as Club Passim, Caffè Lena, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

    “...I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way, transporting, wistful…her vocal mastery and musicality are beyond her young years and her songs stay in my head for days.” -Antje Duvekot, singer-songwriter

    “Up there with the very best of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters and Dar Williams” – Folking.com.

    Freebo:

    Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after more than 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, and more) is regarded as one of today’s most gifted singer-songwriters. A multi-award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was recognized as the Best Folk Artist - 2007 in the Los Angeles Music Awards. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppets Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

    Freebo’s compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. With “Standing Ovation,” he provides insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing. Where you stand with your pets and your partner is explored in “She Loves My Dog More Than Me.” A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, clever, and truly melodic.

    "Freebo is more than one of LA's best players, he's also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass" - Paul Zollo, Songwriters On Songwriting

    "Freebo's intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless." - Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville
  • Sun, March 10th, 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.
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