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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

9/17 – Hard Luck Café – “Young Folk” – Annika Bennett & Kirsten Maxwell
9/20 – Folk Jam at South Huntington Library
10/3 – First Saturday Concert – Vance Gilbert
10/11 – Folk Jam at South Huntington Library
10/15 – Hard Luck Café – Caroline Cotter & Jay Hitt
11/7 – First Saturday Concert – Bumper Jacksons
11/8 – Folk Jam at South Huntington Library
11/19 – Hard Luck Café – “O’ Canada!” – Manitoba Hal & Shawna Caspi
12/5 – First Saturday Concert – Susan Werner
12/13 – Folk Jam at South Huntington Library
12/17 – Hard Luck Café – Meghan Cary & Michael Braunfeld
1/2/16 – First Saturday Concert – Bob Westcott’s Holiday Revue
1/21/16 – Hard Luck Café – Scott Krokoff & Robinson Treacher
2/18/16 – Hard Luck Café – Cornell Brothers
3/5/16 – First Saturday Concert – Phil Ochs Tribute
3/17/16 – Hard Luck Café – David Jacobs-Strain
4/2/16 – First Saturday Concert – Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen plus Jack Williams
4/21/16 – Hard Luck Café – The Kennedys
5/19/16 – Hard Luck Café – Kipyn Martin & Allison Shapira “Joan and Joni Tribute”
6/16/16 – Hard Luck Café – TBA

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, September 17th, 2015, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Annika Bennett is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Although she’s only 17, Annika’s songs reflect a level of craftsmanship and her lyrics a depth of wisdom that belie her youth. They are definitely not about teenage angst. She has written scores of songs and performed extensively throughout the New York metropolitan area.
    Last year, Annika received ASCAP’s prestigious Robert Allen Award for Excellence in Songwriting and was the Audience Choice winner of WNYC Radio’s Battle of the Boroughs (Queens) competition.

    Kirsten Maxwell is a folk music "triple threat." Her talent is equal parts singer, performer, and songwriter. Often compared to timeless singers like Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Judy Collins, the 23-year-old is unlike any young female singer of her generation.
    Over the past year, Kirsten has quickly made a name for herself on the Long Island music scene. Now venturing out into New England, she won a songwriting contest sponsored by the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) -- taking the prize with two original songs off of her debut album, Crimson.
  • Sun, September 20th, 2015, 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" songbook. 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.
  • Sat, October 3rd, 2015, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Due to a severe visa processing backlog, Irish Mythen, who had been slated to open the First Saturday Concerts series this season, cannot join us in October. While we hope to reschedule her performance, we are delighted that Vance Gilbert, a FMSH favorite, who was to perform for us in December, will instead grace us with his presence on Oct.3.

    Vance Gilbert is not merely a talented singer-songwriter, but a consummate entertainer who possesses “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god (Fort Worth Star-Telegram). With his engaging personality, wonderful biting wit, soulful and resonant tenor voice, and solid songwriting and performance skills, Vance Gilbert has been impressing audiences since emerging on the Northeast singer-songwriter scene during the early 1990s. A former multicultural arts teacher and jazz singer from the Philadelphia suburbs, he began playing open mics in the Boston area and soon attracted the attention of singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin. She invited him to be a special guest on a 1992 tour in support of her Fat City album. Gilbert has since released many albums of his own, toured extensively, and opened tours for the late comedian George Carlin for two years. Vance drew two standing ovations following his stirring performance for the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concerts series in 2007. He also graced the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park in 2010 when he co-headlined the fifth annual Huntington Folk Festival with Susan Werner. His songwriting and performance clinics at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conferences and the Rocky Mountain Song School also have drawn rave reviews from attendees. “His catchy, pop-friendly melodies support keenly crafted, hard-hitting lyrics. His guitar is supple, his milk-warm tenor honest and gently acrobatic… He does not duck hard truths and never succumbs to the temptation to tie his points up in neat platitudes or truth-isms. He writes powerfully and uncompromisingly about the wrenching separation suffered by single parents, the tug between love’s desire and its demands, and the bitterness of being nonwhite in this Eurocentric culture… He is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats as eagerly between songs as during them.” (The Boston Globe)
  • Sun, October 11th, 2015, 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" songbook. 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, October 15th, 2015, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Check back later for details
Click here for a complete list of all upcoming events.