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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

5/14 – JONI MITCHELL: Happy 75th Birthday Celebration. Part of the Music Legends Live series at the Cinema Arts Centre
5/16 – Hard Luck Café – Lipkin & Hitt + Eugene Ruffolo
6/1 – First Saturday Concert – Susan Werner
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.
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

  • 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.
  • Thu, June 20th, 2019, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Check back later for details
  • 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.

    Daytime schedules will be posted online this summer at www.AcousticMusicScene.com, www.FMSH.org and www.HuntingtonArts.org.

    Among the artists who will showcase their talents during the afternoon are Melanie Brulée trio, Meghan Cary, Christian Diana, Roger Street Friedman, Genevieve, Sharon Goldman, Loretta Hagen, Marion Halliday, Joe Iadanza, Terry Kitchen, Scott Krokoff, Mara Levine, The Levins, Lipkin & Hitt, Kate Mills, Mike Montrey Band, D.B. Reilly, Eugene Ruffolo, Hank Stone, Jonathan Tea, and more to be announced.

    Festivalgoers are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic supper (or they can walk into Huntington Village and enjoy a meal at one of its many restaurants).

    The Huntington Folk Festival is part of an extended folk and Americana weekend at Heckscher Park. Long Island talent will be spotlighted on Friday night, July 27, with a shared bill featuring folk-harmony trio Gathering Time and singer-songwriter Christie Sweeney. On Friday night, the Crys Mathews Trio will grace the stage. Although both concerts are set for 8 p.m., Kornfeld will conduct a 7:15 p.m. special on-stage interview-conversation with Matthews, the grand-prize winner in the 2017 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition. Crystal Bowersox – a rising star whose influences span across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country – closes out the weekend on Sunday night.

    The Huntington Summer Arts Festival is produced by the Town of Huntington, presented by the Huntington Arts Council, and sponsored in part by the New York State Council for the Arts, the County of Suffolk and Canon U.S.A.
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