1st Saturday Concerts

The First Saturday Concerts series is our forum for presenting regional, national and international folk artists. Folk enthusiasts can enjoy a guaranteed variety of various folk forms, as we have carefully designed the series to ensure that the traditional, contemporary, bluegrass/blues and ethnic music categories are fairly represented each concert season. From the folk legend Tom Paxton, to America’s foremost Irish group Cherish the Ladies, to the music of the Andes in Hinantillan, the First Saturday has become THE day for folk music among our audiences.

Location

Most First Saturday concerts are held at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport (at the Eastern border of Huntington off Route 25A), in the church sanctuary. Check on the concerts pages to verify the venue for each specific concert.

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1st Saturday Events

  • Sat, Nov 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.

  • Sat, Dec 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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    Sat, Jan 6th, 2018 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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    Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018 9:07pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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    Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Sat, Apr 7th, 2018 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    The Boxcar Lilies is an Americana trio from Massachusetts that has been wowing audiences with its lovely vocal harmonies since forming in 2009. The group has received accolades for its signature mix of folk, country, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and top-notch songwriting. Accompanying themselves on guitar, electric bass, washboard and cajon, Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall and Susan Cattaneo have brought their uniquely warm sound and genuine and charming stage presence to venues and festivals up and down the Eastern seaboard and beyond. Falcon Ridge Folk Festival attendees voted the engaging trio “Most Wanted to Return” artists following the festival’s annual Emerging Artists Showcase in 2013, while The Boxcar Lilies also secured coveted official showcases at International and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences and impressed FMSH concertgoers during a previous appearance here.

    — Low Lily —

    Low Lily is a Vermont-based string and vocal trio that explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar) Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin) and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements, you get music that is rooted yet contemporary. As PopMatters notes, Low Lily has “an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound.” “House Carpenter,” the opening track on the trio’s recent self-titled album, debuted as the most-played song on the international Folk DJ charts. This will be Low Lily’s first LI concert appearance.

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    Sat, May 5th, 2018 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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    Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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