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.


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, Apr 1st, 2017 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    — James Keelaghan —

    James Keelaghan is among today’s most-esteemed Canadian folksinger-songwriters. A Juno Award [Canadian Grammy] -winner, he has been hailed as “Canada’s finest songwriter” by Dave Marsh, a noted American music critic and historian. Others consider Keelaghan a poet laureate of the Canadian folk and roots music world. “[His] is a voice in contemporary Canadian songwriting that has helped us define who we are as a people,” says David Francey, himself a much respected, award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter. “He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open.” A Calgary native, who now calls Perth, Ontario home, Keelaghan has been plying his craft for more than 25 years. His music fuses contemporary folk with roots rock and Americana /Canadiana. "Among the most distinctive voices on the Canadian singer-songwriter scene, this baritone also is a masterful storyteller known for his literate and layered narrative songwriting," according to Michael Kornfeld, FMSH's president. Keelaghan’s love of language and of history is reflected in his songs; some of them touch on themes of social justice and problems facing society, while others — like “Cold Missouri Waters,” “Fires of Calais” and “Hillcrest Mine” — focus on tragic historical events. He’s also known for his interpretation of songs by others – including fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot, whose “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” Keelaghan covered on the tribute album Beautiful. FMSH is delighted to welcome James Keelaghan to grace our stage for the first time.

  • Sat, May 6th, 2017 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act; their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. “Exciting and innovative” (Trad Connect), they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Nova Scotia Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music -- bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies. Equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians, as seamlessly weaving themes from the Moonlight Sonata into sets of surefire reels, Cassie and Maggie are turning heads wherever they go. And the music community has taken note. They “are among the top musical acts in demand on the Irish/Americana/Canadian scene,” according to Irish Music Magazine. “Be it their foot percussion accompanying driving Nova Scotian sets, their perfect blend of sibling harmonies, added to a stunning interplay on various instruments, a musical evening spent with Cassie and Maggie is a great night, altogether.” Named as Live Ireland Radio’s New Group and Female Vocalists of the Year, as well as Galaxie Radio Rising Stars, and Emerging Artists of the Year by Chicago’s Irish American News, Cassie and Maggie have also been nominees for numerous other awards. The MacDonald sisters have graced stages across Canada and Europe and made forays into the U.S., where they impressed audiences at the Milwaukee Irish Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, among others. This will be their Long Island debut.

  • Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Sat, Nov 4th, 2017 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Performers: Sharon Goldman, Lara Herscovitch, Natalia Zuckerman, Trina Hamlin and Sloan Wainwright Check back later for more details

  • 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.