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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.

Concert Summary

5/7/16 – First Saturday Concert – Irish Mythen
5/15/16 – Folk Jam at South Huntington Library
5/19/16 – Hard Luck Café – Kipyn Martin & Allison Shapira “Joan and Joni Tribute”
6/4/16 – First Saturday Concert – David Amram Band
6/12/16 – Folk Jam at South Huntington Library
6/12/16 – Crossroads Folk Festival at Grossman’s Farm, Malverne
6/16/16 – Hard Luck Café – NERFA Showcase: Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt, Hayley Reardon, Amy Soucy, Jim Trick
7/30/16 – Huntington Folk Festival – Noon – Multiple Unplugged Performances
7/30/16 – Huntington Folk Festival – Evening – Slaid Cleaves
10/1/16 – First Saturday Concert – No Fuss & Feathers
11/5/16 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
12/3/16 – First Saturday Concert – John Gorka & Michael Johnson
1/7/17 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
3/4/17 – First Saturday Concert – Joe Crookston
4/1/17 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
5/6/17 – First Saturday Concert – Cassie and Maggie MacDonald

Upcoming Events

  • Sat, May 7th, 2016, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    True power inspires awe, and Irish Mythen packs a lot of it – lyrical, musical, and personal – into a relatively small frame. An Irish-born, Canadian-based contemporary folk artist with a powerful voice and a commanding stage presence, she’s been aptly called a force of nature. The 2015 East Coast Music Awards winner for roots album of the year, Irish Mythen has played concert halls and major festival stages the world-over and was a breakout sensation at last summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, where she wowed the crowd as the closing act. She’s shared stages with a number of musical luminaries and was invited to open for Melissa Etheridge on her 2016 Australia tour. A highly emotive and charismatic performer, Irish Mythen pours her heart and soul into her songs. A consummate entertainer, she combines powerhouse vocals with edgy humor and heartfelt storytelling. A native of County Wexford, Irish performs traditional Celtic tunes from her homeland and her own anthemic songs in a unique and thoroughly engaging style, filled with passion, intensity and raw energy. Cheryl Prashker will accompany Irish on percussion. Irish Mythen is an experience not to be missed. Join the globetrotting troubadour as she makes her New York metro area concert debut.
  • Sun, May 15th, 2016, 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, May 19th, 2016, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Joan & Joni is a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell performed by singer-songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin. In a musical journey from the 1960s to today, Allison and Kipyn demonstrate the effect Joan and Joni have had on their own musical development as modern musicians. Allison Shapira is a recovering opera singer who recently found her authentic voice as a folksinger and songwriter. Kipyn Martin is an award-winning Americana singer-songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Allison and Kipyn met during the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in November 2013. Both classically trained singers and up-and-coming musicians in the DC-area folk scene, they soon realized their musical influences were similarly shaped by the folk revival music of the 1960s. Soon, Joan & Joni was born. Allison and Kipyn's power comes from their authenticity as performers; they touch people not just through their music but also through their passion and drive to inspire and connect with their audience. They perform a collection of timeless songs by Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell and reveal a few hidden gems from Joan and Joni's long musical catalogs. By weaving Baez and Mitchell's themes together with their own individual messages, Allison and Kipyn place an important part of American history in a modern context. Allison, who teaches public speaking and presentation skills as a way to help others find their voice, held a CD release party for her 2012 debut recording of original songs at Club Passim –- the famed Cambridge, Massachusetts coffeehouse venue where Joan Baez got her start in 1958. Dubbed “a beauty of a singer” by John Gorka, Kipyn was honored by the Washington Area Music Association in 2015 with a WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. She has also received numerous awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and showcased her talents at a joint Southeast-Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2014. For more information and to listen to music and view videos, visit www.joanandjoni.com.
  • Sat, June 4th, 2016, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Aptly described as "the Renaissance man of American music," David Amram is a composer, a conductor, a soloist, an improvisational lyricist, an author, and a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano and various horns and whistles – as well as dozens of folkloric instruments from around the world. A pioneer in ‘world music’ dating back to before the term even existed, he’s been engaged in and has integrated many genres in his work -- including folk, jazz, classical and chamber music. Amram is considered a pioneer of the French horn in jazz. He has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber works – including “Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie” (commissioned by the Woody Guthrie Foundation) and “Theme and Variations on Red River Valley.” He’s written two operas and numerous theatrical and film scores – notably including those for Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate. He’s worked with such musical luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, Levon Helm, Pete Seeger, Arturo Sandoval, Mary Lou Williams and many more. And he’s a musical luminary in his own right. Why, he’s even been immortalized in a popular children’s song by Raffi – “One for me and one for David Amram.” Many honors have been bestowed on Amram. He’s the subject of a documentary film entitled David Amram: the First 80 Years. He’s been the recipient of a Pete and Toshi Seeger Power of Song Award, several lifetime achievement awards, and six honorary doctorates.
  • Sun, June 12th, 2016, 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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