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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.

2018 Concert Summary

7/23 – Harry Chapin Tribute – Eisenhower Park, East Meadow – 7:45 PM
7/29 – Huntington Folk Festival – Showcase performances at noon. Main Stage (Tom Rush) at 8 PM
10/6 – First Saturday Concert – Patty Larkin
10/18 – Hard Luck Café – The Kennedys
11/3 – First Saturday Concert – TBD

Upcoming Events

  • Mon, July 23rd, 2018, 7:45pm
    at Eisenhower Park
    Several dozen of Long Island’s top folk and rock musicians will take to the stage in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Monday, July 23 to once again fill the air with the music of Harry Chapin, the late singer, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and social activist at the annual “Just Wild About Harry” tribute concert. The Folk Music Society of Huntington is pleased to again be a cultural partner and in-kind co-sponsor of this concert.

    Slated to begin at 7:30 p.m., the free show will feature 17 acts -- including concert organizer Stuart Markus and his group Gathering Time -- performing such Chapin classics as “Taxi” and “Cat’s in the Cradle,” plus many lesser hits and fan favorites like “Flowers Are Red” and “The Rock.”

    Concertgoers are asked to bring donations of nonperishable food to support Long Island Cares, Inc., the regional food bank and humanitarian organization founded by Chapin in 1980. “The annual Harry Chapin Tribute Concert in Eisenhower Park is always a very special event for all of us at Long Island Cares because so many of Harry’s fans attend and are extremely supportive of Long Island Cares and the work we do to assist the more than 316,000 Long Islanders struggling with domestic hunger and high food insecurity,” said Paule Pachter, the nonprofit organization’s chief executive officer. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 37 years since Harry’s untimely passing. Stuart Markus and the other talented performers featured have been keeping Harry’s musical legacy very much alive on Long Island for so many years.”

    Besides Gathering Time, this year’s artist roster includes newcomers Toby Tobias, Robinson Treacher, and Mike Barry; as well as “Just Wild About Harry” veterans Frank Walker & Robin Eve, Grand Folk Railroad, Friends on the Journey, Robin Greenstein, Sid Cherry & Helene Schreier Pandal, Patricia Shih, MediaCrime, Karen Bella, Christine Solimeno, Jerry DeMeo, Debra Lynne & Melanie Fink, and Joe Iadanza, “I’m always very happy to be able to bring in some new talent I’ve had my eye on for the past couple of years, and to welcome back people who have been in and out over the years,” Markus said.

    Long Island Cares’ staff and volunteers will be collecting donations of non-perishable food at a tent at the entrance to The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre. They also will be selling tee shirts and Harry Chapin CDs and distributing literature about the nonprofit organization’s programs and services.

    Guests should bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the park, which is located off Merrick and Stewart Avenues in East Meadow. The concert will be held rain or shine --precluded only by thunderstorms. More information may be found online at www.nassaucountyny.gov/1767/Parks-Recreation-Museums.
  • Sun, July 29th, 2018, 12:00pm
    at Heckscher Park - Chapin Rainbow Stage
    Legendary folksinger-songwriter Tom Rush (accompanied by up-and-comer Matt Nakoa) headlines the 13th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Sunday, July 29, at Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington Village. Extending from 12 noon to 10:30 p.m., the free event — co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council — is part of the 53rd Huntington Summer Arts Festival.

    An on-stage song swap featuring Long Island’s own Miles & Mafale and Carolann Solebello will precede Rush’s evening performance on the park’s [Harry] Chapin Rainbow Stage. Prior to the featured concert at 8 p.m., FMSH President Michael Kornfeld’s AcousticMusicScene.com and Joltin’ Joe Pszonek’s Radio Nowhere will host unplugged showcases and song swaps from 12 noon to 6 p.m. These will take place near canopy tents on the upper lawn area overlooking the stage and will feature more than three-dozen artists/acts from New York and several other states. Daytime schedules have been posted online at www.AcousticMusicScene.com, www.HuntingtonArts.org and also appear in the details for this event. (click more info and tickets)

    Artists who will showcase their talents during the afternoon include:

    From Long Island: Acoustic Apple, Karen Bella, Rorie Kelly, Cathy Kreger, Lois Morton, Anne O'Rourke, Nico Padden, Steve Robinson, Hank Stone, Christine Sweeney, Toby Tobias, Bob Westcott.

    From Elsewhere: Antonio Andrade (PA), Rick Barth (NJ), Belle of the Fall (CT), Kate Callahan (CT), Meghan Cary (PA), Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers (NY), Kala Farnham (CT), Loretta Hagen (NJ), Marion Halliday (PA), Lara Herscovitch (CT), Gina Holsopple (upstate NY), Mara Levine (NJ), The Lied To's (MA), Austin MacRae (upstate NY), Dennis MC DoNoUgh! (NJ), The Meadows Brothers (CT), Randie O'Neill (NJ), Open Book (upstate NY), The Promise is Hope (MA), Ed Romanoff (NYC), Katherine Rondeau (NJ), Allison Rose (RI), Eugene Ruffolo (NYC), Sparrow Blue (MA), Kate Vargas & the Reckless Daughters (NYC).

    Festivalgoers are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic supper (or walk into Huntington Village and enjoy a meal at one of its many restaurants).

    The Huntington Folk Festival caps a weekend of folk, roots and Americana concerts and musical events. Long Island talent is spotlighted on Friday night, July 27, with a shared bill featuring folk-harmony trio Gathering Time and singer-songwriter Kirsten Maxwell. On Saturday afternoon, July 28, from 2-5 p.m., Phil LoFaso and the duo Acoustic Apple host two hours of open song circles, followed by an hour-long audience participatory set of Pirate Tunes and Sailor Songs with Scuttlebutt Stu (Stuart Markus) on the hill overlooking the Chapin Rainbow Stage. The Jeremy Kittel Trio, fronted by the acclaimed fiddler, takes the stage at 8 p.m.

    The Huntington Summer Arts Festival is produced by the Town of Huntington, presented by the Huntington Arts Council, and sponsored in part by the New York State Council for the Arts, the County of Suffolk and Canon U.S.A. y night, July 27, with a shared bill featuring folk-harmony trio Gathering Time and singer-songwriter Kirsten Maxwell. On Saturday afternoon, July 28, from 2-5 p.m.,
  • Sat, October 6th, 2018, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    check back later for details
  • Sat, November 3rd, 2018, 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Check back later for details.
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