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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

6/20 – Hard Luck Café – Kyle Hancharick + Monica Rizzio
A pair of tickets to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (August 2-4) (Value $350) will be given to the winner of tonight’s raffle.
7/15 – Just Wild About Harry – Tribute to Harry Chapin – Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
7/27 – Huntington Folk Festival – Heckscher Park – Headliner: Loudon Wainwright III (opener – Lucy Wainwright Roche). The free festival @ Huntington’s Heckscher Park extends from 11 a.m. until late evening.
9/19 – Hard Luck Café – Louise Mosrie + Pete Mancini
10/5 – First Saturday Concert – John Gorka
10/17- Hard Luck Café – The Everly Set
(Sean Altman & Jack Skuller tribute to the Everly Brothers)
11/2 – First Saturday Concert – Reverend Robert Jones & Matt Watroba
11/21- Hard Luck Café – TBD
12/7 – First Saturday Concert – Phil Ochs Song Night
12/19- Hard Luck Café – TBD

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, June 20th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    A pair of tickets to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (August 2-4) (Value $350) will be given to the winner of tonight's raffle.

    Kyle Hancharick and Monica Rizzio, two touring singer-songwriters, whose music veers towards the Americana/country edge of folk, share a bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY) on Thursday, June 20. 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.

    For Kyle Hancharick of Warwick, New York, it’s always been about the music. His passionate performances are punctuated by a crisp acoustic guitar and soaring tenor vocals , as revealed in his 2018 EP entitled Breathe. The four-song project consists solely of acoustic guitar, bass and vocals – and that’s all that’s needed for an artist whose roots are planted in contemporary folk music. Hancharick takes the world, processes it and turns it into song with his own special touch. He has a unique take on things and a view of the world others may not necessarily notice as he continues to grow as an artist – sharing his story and messages of love and peace. (kylehancharick.com).

    Monica Rizzio grew up in the East Texas plains and moved to Cape Cod in 2004. The locals call someone who moves to but was not born on the Cape a Washashore – and the former Tripping Lily front woman’s acclaimed 2016 debut solo release was appropriately called Washashore Cowgirl. Rizzio blends Americana, bluegrass, country and folk song stylings into what she likes to call AmeriCountryGrass, Although she is the founder and co-owner of a roots-based music school on the Cape and also launched a nonprofit music production company (Vinegrass) that raises money for scholarships, instruments, and grants through concerts and an annual roots-music festival, Rizzio feels most at home when she is on stage sharing her songs. Says Tom Rush, an iconic folk artist with whom she’s previously performed: “I made the tactical error of inviting Monica Rizzio to share the stage with me at Symphony Hall and she went and stole the audience right out from under me.” (monicarizzio.com)
  • Mon, July 15th, 2019, 7:00pm
    at Eisenhower Park
    Local musicians perform songs of Harry Chapin.
  • Sat, July 27th, 2019, 11:00am
    at Heckscher Park - Chapin Rainbow Stage
    Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III headlines the 14th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 27, at Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington Village. Opening for Wainwright on the park’s [Harry] Chapin Rainbow Stage that evening will be his daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche. Extending from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a dinner break from 6-8 p.m., the free event – co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council – is part of the 54th Huntington Summer Arts Festival.

    Few songwriters have laid out their lives in song as graphically as Loudon Wainwright III, a 2010 Grammy Award-winner (Best Traditional Folk Album) for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (with two previous Grammy nominations for I’m Alright in 1985 and More Love Songs in 1986). The singer-songwriter, humorist and actor is, perhaps, best known for his 1972 novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road).” Maintains Stephen Holden of The New York Times: “Mr. Wainwright has proved to be far and away the most candid diarist among the singer-songwriters who … brought confessional poetry into popular song…”

    Prior to the evening concert, Michael Kornfeld, president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), and editor & publisher of AcousticMusicScene.com, will host a series of short showcases and song swaps from 12-6 p.m. These will take place near a canopy tent on the upper lawn area overlooking the stage and will feature some 30 artists/acts from half-a-dozen states. Unlike the unplugged showcases of previous years, these will be amplified. The day’s musical festivities begin with an open mic-song circle at 11 a.m.

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  • Thu, September 19th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Check back later for details.
  • Thu, October 17th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Everly Set: Noted NYC-based singer-songwriters Sean Altman & Jack Skuller pay tribute to their rock heroes, The Everly Brothers, in a show that takes you back to 1957 when teenagers Phil and Don Everly first burst on the scene and supercharged the vocal sound of rock’n’roll with sparkling harmonies that influenced The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, and The Bee Gees. Come and sing along to such hit songs as “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Crying In The Rain,” “Till I Kiss You,” “Love Hurts,” “Bird Dog,” “Claudette,” “Let It Be Me,” and more Everly (and Everly-influenced) classics from the late 1950s through the 1980s.

    Blessed with a silky tenor voice that produced chills (The New York Times), Altman is widely viewed as the father of modern a capella. He co-founded and led Rockapella on the Emmy Award-winning PBS-TV series Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, for which he co-wrote the theme song. Altman also currently sings a cappella with The GrooveBarbers and Doowopera, original pop songs on guitar as a solo artist, and original comedy songs as JEWMONGOUS.

    Skuller is a recipient of the Holly Prize, an award made possible by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly. A writer for The Deli Magazine referred to him as a teen idol in the wrong era, noting that Buddy Holly would be proud. Skuller has performed his original music around the country with Radio Disney. He has also been a regular performer with the acclaimed Losers Lounge tribute series at Joe’s Pub in NYC.

    Check out The Everly Set’s '60s-style late-night infomercial:

    https://youtu.be/yXh3b6PdPMk
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