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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

5/4 – First Saturday Concert – Pete Seeger Centennial Concert
Featuring performances by Miles & Mafale, Carolann Solebello, James O’Malley and Mountain Maidens
5/16 – Hard Luck Café – Lipkin & Hitt + Eugene Ruffolo
6/1 – First Saturday Concert – Susan Werner
6/20 – Hard Luck Café – Kyle Hancharick + Monica Rizzio
7/27 – Huntington Folk Festival – Heckscher Park – Performers TBA
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

  • Sat, May 4th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Pete Seeger, the inspirational American folksinger, political activist, environmentalist and humanitarian – whose songs helped provide a musical backdrop for many of the historical movements of the 1960s through the early 2000s – would have turned 100 on May 3. Although he left us in January 2014 at the age of 94, his spirit and his songs – both those he wrote and those he helped to popularize – live on.

    To mark the centennial of his birth, we have invited some talented Long Island -based artists to perform some of Pete’s songs, along with a few of their own. In the spirit of Pete, audience members who know the lyrics will be invited to join in. Singing along is part of the folk tradition.
  • Sun, May 12th, 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, May 16th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Award-winning songwriters Lipkin & Hitt and Eugene Ruffolo share a bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY) on Thursday, May 16. 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.

    Lipkin & Hitt: Pittsburgh’s Jay Hitt, an acoustic guitar-playing troubadour, has teamed up with New York’s Lisa Lipkin, a truth-seeking piano songstress to craft a musical world that is insightful, tuneful, often playful, and sheer delight. Since their meeting in 2012, Lipkin & Hitt have graced all manner of stages and continue to enchant and entertain audiences wherever they go.

    Hitt -- who has a talent for vivid storytelling, combined with crisp and delicate acoustic melodies -- has twice been named Best Acoustic Musician by readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper and has received numerous songwriting awards. In addition to recording several albums and touring in support of them, his stage credits include Pittsburgh Light Opera productions of Always, Patsy Cline and Ring of Fire (a Johnny Cash revue). Lipkin’s songs have received such prizes as first place in a New York State Contest for Environmental Awareness and have been featured In the Tami Gold documentary, Passionate Politics. Her production credits include an award-winning children’s CD by Christine Pepe and Hitt’s Greetings from the Wilderness.

    Eugene Ruffolo, perhaps best known to LI audiences as part of the Cosmic Orchestra during the monthly Soulful Sundown series in Manhasset, is a prolific and deeply personal NYC-based singer-songwriter. A first-prize winner in both the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass and Merlefest songwriting competitions, he is currently working on his eighth studio album. His previous recordings have received worldwide critical acclaim.

    In addition to his original work, Ruffolo’s vocal talents, which a writer for Rolling Stone called “utterly intriguing,” have made him a favorite of many prominent artists with whom he has shared stages. Both in the studio and in live performance, he has worked with such diverse artists as Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kenny Loggins, Run DMC, Spyro Gyra, Livingston Taylor, Cheryl Wheeler, and David Wilcox. Ruffolo’s voice has been featured in numerous Hollywood films, and he has worked with noted director/producers Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Ennio Morricone, and Martin Scorcese.
  • Sat, June 1st, 2019, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    "Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song,” according to The New Yorker, while the Chicago Tribune has aptly hailed her as “one of the most innovative songwriters working today.”

    A favorite of FMSH audiences, Werner has never been one to adhere to just one musical style. A gifted singer-songwriter, who accompanies herself on both guitar and piano, she is known for her musical versatility and for her witty repartee during live performances. The classically trained and jazz-inspired Iowa native, who now calls Chicago home, has been delighting our concert and festival audiences for more than two decades. ... more

  • Sun, June 9th, 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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