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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

10/19/17 – Hard Luck Café – Freddy & Francine + Miles & Mafale (formerly The YaYas)
11/4/17 – First Saturday Concert – Susan Werner
11/16/17 – Hard Luck Café – Bettman & Halpin + the Belle Hollows
12/2/17 – First Saturday Concert – Steady On: Celebrating Lilith Fair at 20
12/14/17 – Hard Luck Café – TBD
1/6/18 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
1/18/18 – Hard Luck Café – TBD
2/3/18 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
2/15/18 – Hard Luck Café – TBD
3/3/18 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
3/15/18 – Hard Luck Café – Emily Barnes
4/7/18 – First Saturday Concert – The Boxcar Lilies + Low Lily
4/19/18 – Hard Luck Café – TBD
5/5/18 – First Saturday Concert – TBD
5/17/18 – Hard Luck Café – Alice Howe
6/2/18 – First Saturday Concert – TBD

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, October 19th, 2017, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Freddy & Francine is an Americana-soul duo comprised of Lee Ferris & Bianca Caruso. With voices reminiscent of Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin, their songs blend soul, R&B, folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless, appeal. The duo has released two EPs and three full-length CDs since 2008 and has performed at NYC’s Madison Square Park and at such notable festivals as Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Sister’s Folk Fest, and this year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival. “Ferris and Caruso have found their respective vocal soulmates, the kind of perfect harmonies that send a gripping shiver down the backbone of the listener” -The Deli Magazine “There is definitely a palpable chemistry between these musicians, with their vocals blending like milk and honey.” - No Depression
    Miles & Mafale (formerly The YaYas) are three-time finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition, were audience-voted “Most Wanted” artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, have had official juried showcases at several music conferences hosted by regional affiliates of Folk Alliance International. Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale have spent much of the last few years concentrating on the collaborative project No Fuss and Feathers and touring in support of Traveling Circus (#22 Top Album of 2016 on the international Folk DJ chart). Miles & Mafale are now back in the studio, putting the finishing touches on a new duo album that’s slated for release later this year.
  • Sat, November 4th, 2017, 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 concert and festival audiences for more than two decades.

    Besides her live performances, Werner is known for iconoclastic concept albums in which she updates traditional styles of music with sharp, witty, incisive lyrics. Her September 2017 release, An American In Havana, Werner’s 13th studio recording, is a collection of original songs inspired by two recent trips to Cuba and blends Cuban rhythms with Werner's signature storytelling, trademark songcraft, humor, and poetry – and will be featured in the show.

    Werner also is the composer and lyricist for a forthcoming Broadway musical based on the film Bull Durham.
  • Sun, November 12th, 2017, 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, November 16th, 2017, 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Belle Hollows is a Nashville-based contemporary folk trio comprised of siblings Jeremy and Rachel Johnson and their friend Robert Phaneuf. Launched in early 2016, the trio had the #2 album on the international Folk DJ chart for August 2016 and shared the month's most-played song ("A Different Kind of Rain"), while several other tracks from Miller’s Creek, its debut album, were in the top 20. The three previously spent the better part of a decade developing a unique vocal blend featuring tight harmonies as part of the newgrass band The Barrel Jumpers. As a reviewer for Maverick Magazine (UK) wrote, the "tasteful acoustic" music of The Belle Hollows "ought to appeal to fans of the likes of Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss." Bettman & Halpin play original folk/Americana. The Colorado-based acoustic duo’s performances combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots-inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs. Touring as a duo since 2008, Stephanie Bettman (singer-songwriter and fiddler) and Luke Halpin (multi-instrumentalist) are known for their storytelling and playful banter between songs, as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental prowess. Bettman & Halpin have been Falcon Ridge Folk Festival “Most Wanted” artists, grand prize-winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition, and two-time featured artists at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Their CDs have received much radio airplay and critical acclaim.
  • Sat, December 2nd, 2017, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    In a collaborative performance, a talented quintet of female singer-songwriters — Sloan Wainwright, Trina Hamlin, Sharon Goldman, Lara Herscovitch and Amy Soucy (along with Stephen Murphy on guitars) — carry the torch sparked by the groundbreaking 1997-1999 Lilith Fair tour. Two decades after Sarah McLachlan founded the all-female festival, the women will join forces on tunes penned by Lilith Fair luminaries (Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Joan Osborne, Suzanne Vega and many more) plus original songs inspired by the spirit of Lilith Fair. Sharon Goldman: NJ-based singer/songwriter Sharon Goldman captivates audiences whether she is fingerpicking her acoustic guitar, gently tinkling the piano keys, or showing off her “beautiful voice and compelling stage presence” (Joe Jencks, Brother Sun). Honored as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and NERFA Showcase artist, her latest album release, KOL ISHA (A Woman's Voice) is a bold, unique song journey that has been called “an extraordinary effort” (Wanda Fischer, WAMC). “Sharon Goldman has truly found her voice,” says WFUV’s John Platt. Trina Hamlin: Trina Hamlin combines gentle understanding with raw emotion in a way that is, quite simply, captivating from the first note. She seamlessly moves from guitar to piano with self accompaniment on harmonica leaving many who have seen her wondering what she can't do. Regarded as one of the best harmonica players around, she presents a driving, sensuous rhythm in her performance reawakening audiences to the art of the instrument. "Trina Hamlin's music smolders sweetly just before it sets the place on fire. Add in that irresistibly twinkling grin and you've got the foundation for a wonderful time." --Marilyn Rea Beyer, WUMB Boston Lara Herscovitch: “Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Herscovitch is an “extraordinarily talented” (smother.net) singer-songwriter and former Connecticut State Troubadour, blending modern folk with blues, jazz, and pop influences into “marvelous, inventive and thought-provoking songs” (NJ.com). “A rising talent who is truly someone to watch for” (Acoustic Live in NYC), she has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and tours regularly from Maine to Miami. Amy Soucy: Beacon, NY-based Amy Soucy was the winner of the 2016 CT Folk Songwriting Competition and a 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist. She is well-known for her vocal talents (“as comforting as a walk in the autumn woods” — Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere) and her timeless, poetic songwriting. Amy has a lifetime of varied singing experiences (choral, musical theater, even opera) and has performed, recorded, written and harmonized with a wide range of musical artists. Sloan Wainwright: Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid. Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music, while media has praised her as "...one of those singers whose performance is a force of nature." -Sing Out Magazine
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