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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.

2019-2020 Concert Summary

12/19/19 – Hard Luck Café – Long Island’s Own: Annie Mark, James O’Malley and Andrea Randa
1/4/20 – First Saturday Concert – Christine Lavin
1/16/20 – Hard Luck Café – Josie Bello + Hank Stone
2/1/20 – First Saturday Concert – Buskin & Batteau
2/20/20 – Hard Luck Café – John John Brown + TBD
3/7/20 – First Saturday Concert – Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry
3/19/20 – Hard Luck Café – TBD
4/4/20 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
4/16/20 – Hard Luck Café – All Keyed Up: Kala Farnham + Rachael Sage
5/2/20 – First Saturday Concert – Ronny Cox with Radoslav Lorkovic & Ansel Barnum
5/21/20 – Hard Luck Café – TBD
6/6/20 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
6/18/20 – Hard Luck Café – TBD

For additional Folk Concerts in Nassau, Suffolk, NYC & Beyond… Click the “Links” button on the Main Menu.

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, December 19th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Annie Mark has shared her country-tinged Americana-roots music with audiences around the U.S. ad Ireland. A New York native, she moved to the South at age 10, where upon hearing the music of the Carter Family and Johnny Cash, she nurtured a life-long love of traditional country music and songs that convey slice-of-life stories about people’s lives with a heartfelt simplicity.

    Inspired by such singer-songwriters as Patti Griffin, Julie Miller, Nanci Griffith, Mary Gauthier, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan, Mark’s songs explore life’s journey and the universal themes of love and loss, struggles and triumphs, shadows and light -- with a little humor thrown in. Accompanied by strong and tender acoustic guitar-playing, her richly textured voice runs the entire emotional spectrum -- sometimes velvety smooth, at other times raspy and raw with a little torch and twang thrown in.

    A gifted singer-songwriter and finger-style guitarist, James O’Malley has been a mainstay on the Long Island folk scene for years. He writes knowingly of life’s foibles, triumphs and defeats, and delivers his songs in a gentle, subtle, whispering tenor that draws his listeners in.

    Considered by many to be a consummate songwriter, whose songs are universal and often feature subtle humor, O’Malley is a two-time finalist in the Plowshares Songwriting Contest. His songs often take listeners on an emotional journey exploring family, relationships, human nature and the contemplation of life's choices. Critics have hailed him for his warm melodies, story-telling abilities and his way of charming audiences. O’Malley’s latest album, #4, was produced by Pete Kennedy and features news songs along with a couple of classics.

    Andrea Randa is a former professional opera singer who decided to return to her singer-songwriter/country roots a few years ago after traveling to various open mics with her singer-songwriter children (Kirsten Maxwell and Nick Abushady).

    Randa -- who cites Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Neil Young and Linda Ronstadt among her musical heroes and heroines, recently recorded and released her solo debut recording, My Country -- a mix of commentaries on relationships as well as on the state of our country and the world. Topics include celebrating freedom, waking up to relationships that can never be, remembering that fear closes the heart while love opens it, recognizing that there are good sides and bad sides to repeating stories, and the excitement and anticipation of finally going home — the place where all hearts are united.
  • Sat, January 4th, 2020, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Since emerging from the New York City singer-songwriter scene in the late 1980s, Christine Lavin has established herself as one of the most entertaining, witty, insightful, and engaging folk artists.

    While working as a waitress at the famed Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1975, she met Dave Van Ronk, who encouraged her to relocate to NYC so that he could teach her how to play her guitar properly. She’s performed concerts across the U.S., Canada, and points beyond; recorded 24 solo albums, and produced ten compilations (including the popular On A Winter’s Night that spawned a number of multiple artist tours). She also was the creative force behind The Four Bitchin’ Babes, wrote an award-winning “mem-wha?” entitled Cold Pizza for Breakfast, hosted a radio show on WFUV, and was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference.

    Her latest album, The Best of Christine Lavin, features two new songs and 18 of her most popular ones from 1983-2019. She started creating videos for her songs in 2011 and now also creates them for other artists as well.

    NOTE: Christine will host a knitting circle at 7 p.m. (preceding the concert) and a Downton Abbey-style napkin-folding session during the intermission between her two 45-minute sets.
  • Thu, January 16th, 2020, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
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  • Sat, February 1st, 2020, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Thu, February 20th, 2020, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
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