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 traditional, contemporary and bluegrass/blues categories are fairly represented each concert season.


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, Jan 5th, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    Guy Davis once said: “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have he dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy Davis has excelled at for more than 20 years of songwriting and performing. It’s no wonder his reverence for the blues masters who’ve gone before him has been evident in every album he’s ever recorded or concert he’s given.

    Davis’s musical storytelling has been influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, while his musicality draws inspiration from such artists as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Babatunde Olatunji and Sonny Terry (to whom he pays homage on his album, Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train).

    The son of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world — from the Equator to the Arctic Circle — earning him the title “A Ambassador of the Blues. His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. Guy Davis previously graced the FMSH stage in 2006, and we are pleased to welcome him back. http://guydavis.com/wp/

    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. His songwriting and performance clinics at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conferences, and the Rocky Mountain Song School have drawn rave reviews from attendees— as have his previous performances for FMSH and as a co-headliner during the 2010 Huntington Folk Festival.

  • Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Americana roots, rhythm and harmony quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have toured North America for 18 years -- visiting coffeehouses, performing arts centers and festivals (including the Newport Folk Festival and the California World Music Festival, among others).

    The band brings fiddle, guitar, bass and junk percussion to 100 years of American music that ranges from Appalachian ballads and Georgia Sea Islands tunes to Springsteen covers, songs by contemporary writers, and incisive originals. Its sound is “tight, with stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar), a mix of New Orleans grooves, old-time gospel harmonies, bluesy swing fiddle, and fiery electric and acoustic guitar. All four-band members sing lead, with Arbo’s alto at the helm. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have released seven CDs on Signature Sounds. Wintersong (2016) is its most recent release.

    “Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem dig deep into their collective souls, finding joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” (The Hartford Courant).

    More information on the band may be found online at raniarbo.com.

  • Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Freebo, a veteran singer-songwriter and musical sideman (best known as Bonnie Raitt’s bass player for 10 years), was impressed upon first hearing Alice Howe perform during the 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. After reconnecting with the young, up-and-coming artist a few months later at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Freebo invited Alice to record a few songs with him in California – and a musical partnership was forged. They have been touring together and backing each other on their respective songs in concert, while Freebo is producing Howe’s forthcoming debut full-length album.

    Alice Howe:

    With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and well-crafted poetic lyrics, Boston area-based singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal,” writes Mark Walton in Americana UK. Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in 1960s folk and 1970s Southern California songwriters.

    Alice’s 2017 EP You've Been Away So Long features her original song “Homeland Blues,” which debuted at #1 on the international Folk DJ top songs chart in April 2017. She participated in last year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and has performed at such venerable Northeast venues as Club Passim, Caffè Lena, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

    “...I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way, transporting, wistful…her vocal mastery and musicality are beyond her young years and her songs stay in my head for days.” -Antje Duvekot, singer-songwriter

    “Up there with the very best of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters and Dar Williams” – Folking.com.


    Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after more than 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, and more) is regarded as one of today’s most gifted singer-songwriters. A multi-award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was recognized as the Best Folk Artist - 2007 in the Los Angeles Music Awards. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppets Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

    Freebo’s compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. With “Standing Ovation,” he provides insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing. Where you stand with your pets and your partner is explored in “She Loves My Dog More Than Me.” A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, clever, and truly melodic.

    "Freebo is more than one of LA's best players, he's also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass" - Paul Zollo, Songwriters On Songwriting

    "Freebo's intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless." - Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville

  • Sat, Apr 6th, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Sat, Jun 1st, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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