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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
2/21 – Hard Luck Café – Anne O’Rourke + Bryan Gallo
3/2 – Annual Members Dinner preceding First Saturday Concert
3/2 – First Saturday Concert – Alice Howe & Freebo
3/21 – Hard Luck Café – Dennis McDoNoUgh + Carla Ulbrich
4/6 – First Saturday Concert – Cheryl Wheeler
4/18 – Hard Luck Café – The Everly Set:
Sean Altman & Jack Skuller Celebrate The Everly Brothers
5/4 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
5/16 – Hard Luck Café – TBD
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 + TBD
10/5 – First Saturday Concert – John Gorka
10/17- Hard Luck Café – TBD
11/2 – First Saturday Concert – Reverend Robert Jones & Matt Watroba
11/21- Hard Luck Café – TBD
12/7 – First Saturday Concert – Phil Ochs Tribute
12/19- Hard Luck Café – TBD

Upcoming Events

  • Sat, March 2nd, 2019, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Freebo, a veteran singer-songwriter and musical sideman (who was 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 talented newcomer at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference, Freebo invited Howe to record a few songs with him in California – and a musical partnership was forged. Each a compelling performer in their own right, they have been touring together and backing each other on their respective songs in concert, while Freebo produced Howe’s debut full-length album, Visions.

    With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and well-crafted poetic lyrics, Boston area-based singer-songwriter Alice Howe has a pure, distilled sound that reflects a musical sensibility rooted in 1960s folk and 1970s Southern California songwriters. Howe’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 that year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and has earned coveted official juried showcases during the conferences of two regional affiliates of Folk Alliance International.

    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), Freebo has come into his own as a singer-songwriter. 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.

    Alicehowe.com, Freebomusic.com
  • 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.
  • Thu, March 21st, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Funny Folk: Two New Jersey-based comical singer-songwriters -- Dennis MC DoNoUgh! And Carla Ulbrich -- share the bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY) on Thursday, March 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.

    Dennis MC DoNoUgh! writes, sings, and plays a caustic guitar. On occasion, he performs in the guise of “McMonikered” alter-egomaniacs aka Juice Brucesteen, BRUCE FRANKENSTEEN &The Fun Ghouls!, Repeat Seeger, ELFIS! Presley, Johnny Cash Cow, Bovine Diddley, Politicow, Dennis McDOGma, Dennis McJagger & The Rolling Blarney Stones, InSANiTY Claus, and FUNcle D!, among others.

    MC DoNoUgh! brings his unique brand of “Icono-classic Folk From The Far Side” to the Hard Luck Cafe after impressing folks during a short unplugged song swap at last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival and his February appearance as "Dennis McLennon & Folko Ono" in their "BED-IN For FOLK!" at the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference in Montreal, Canada. He returns to Huntington not merely to entertain, but “to educate, inform, enlighten, incite, and inspire!,” says MC DoNoUgh!. “Dig it yourself.”

    A Clemson, South Carolina native, Carla Ulbrich has performed at the Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, South Florida and Philadelphia Folk Festivals and at such notable venues as Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, Nashville’s Bluebird Café and NYC’s The Bitter End, among others. Ulbrich -- who cites Sesame Street, camp songs and cat food commercials as her biggest musical influences – is primarily known for writing humorous songs about such topics as Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the 'F' word. On her 2016 release, Totally Average Woman, she also tiptoes into the social commentary realm with songs that touch on non-smokers’ rights, classroom animal dissection, and low-slung pants.

    The Funny Music Project honored Ulbrich with the 2016 Logan Award for Outstanding Parody Song for “Cheek To Cheek,” one of the album’s tracks. Set to the tune of Irving Berlin’s song of the same name, this “Cheek To Cheek” is a witty commentary on cosmetic improvements (plastic surgery, botox and steroid injections).

    Ulbrich is a survivor of catastrophic illness, which resulted in her book How Can You Not Laugh at a Time Like This and a CD of medical parodies entitled Sick Humor that lampoons her frustrating experiences with the U.S. health care system. After a full recovery, Ulbrich is back to doing what she does best -- writing and performing funny songs. Her songs are regularly played on, Dr. Demento, Pandora.com, Sirius XM's Laugh USA Radio, and a number of community and college radio stations. She has toured throughout the US and parts of the UK, once shared the bill with Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel, and was a background actor in Sharknado 2. (carlau.com)
  • Sat, April 6th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Check back later for details.
  • Sun, April 14th, 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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