Concert Archive

The Folk Music Society of Huntington has been presenting concerts since 1970. Below you can find a listing and information about our past events.

A Note About Concerts Before Aug 2012

In Aug 2012, we changed the way we store and display events to match the tecnhnology of our new site. For information about events prior to August 2012, please visit the archive from our old site by clicking here.

  • Sun, Jul 22nd, 2012 12:00pm
    at Heckscher Park
    Free and Open to All Ages
    Unplugged Showcases from some of the regions best performers.

  • Sun, Jul 22nd, 2012 6:00pm
    at Heckscher Park - Chapin Rainbow Stage
    Free and Open to All Ages
    Featuring the Falcon Ridge "Most Wanted" Tour with Artists: Blair Bodine, Pesky J. Nixon, ilyAIMY and Louise Mosrie.

  • Thu, Sep 20th, 2012 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    $8 FMSH and Cinema Arts Centre Members / $12 Non Members - No Advance Tickets
    The grand prize winner of the 2012 Telluride Troubadour Contest and the the 2009 New York Songwriters Circle Competition kicks off the 2012-2013 season of the Folk Music Society of Huntington's Hard Luck Cafe series at the Cinema Arts Centre.

  • Sat, Oct 6th, 2012 8:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    $20 Members/$25 Non-Members
    "When Toby Walker straps the guitar on, the notes fly at a rate that is dizzying. They dance with speed, grace and precision. The effect is one of steel-like strength. His blues are a flash of muscle and his gentle fingerstyle ballads speak poetry." - Richard Cuccaro, editor of Acoustic Live! in New York City and Beyond "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away" - Jorma Kaukonen Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Thu, Oct 18th, 2012 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Based in New York City but touring extensively, The Tres Amigos present high-energy original music and forgotten gems in bold, acrobatic performances. Behind those matching mariachi shirts are virtuosic musicians and songwriters, delivering the goods in sunny three-part harmony with the vibe of your uncle's old '45's.

  • Sat, Nov 3rd, 2012 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    The Folk Music Society of Huntington has cancelled this event due to Hurricane Sandy.

  • Thu, Nov 15th, 2012 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    $8 FMSH and Cinema Arts Centre Members / $12 Non-Members. No Advance Tickets.
    Award-winning singer-songwriters Brian Kalinec and Jarrod Dickenson -- both of whom hail from the Lone Star State -- will share the bill and swap songs during the Hard Luck Cafe in November. An open mic precedes the concert.

  • Sat, Dec 1st, 2012 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Like so many others who died long before their time, Harry Chapin will forever be 38 years old in the collective memory of his fans the world-over. The singer-songwriter and social activist, whose music and humanitarianism inspired many and who resided in Huntington with his family, would be turning 70 in December. The Folk Music Society of Huntington will pay tribute to Harry with a special concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, Centerport). The concert will be a benefit for WhyHunger, a nonprofit organization launched by Chapin. Headlining the Dec. 1 concert will be the Jen Chapin Trio, featuring Harry's daughter Jennifer, and Long Island-based folk-rock harmony trio Gathering Time. Both acts will perform and interpret a number of Harry Chapin's songs, as well as their own material. Instead of the customary open microphone prior to the show, this concert will begin at 7:30 with a number of special guest artists each performing a Chapin song. Among the invited guest artists from throughout the New York metropolitan area are Arlon Bennett, Steve Chizmadia, The Folk Goddesses, Josh Joffen, Paul Sachs, Christine Solimeno, Frank Walker, and others to be announced. Concert tickets are $30 ($25 for FMSH members).

  • Sun, Dec 9th, 2012 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    Free and Open to the Public
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Dec 20th, 2012 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Folk Music Society of Huntington hosts “An Evening with Goldman Sachs,” featuring singer-songwriters Sharon Goldman and Paul Sachs, at the Cinema Arts Centre as part of its monthly Hard Luck Café series.

  • Sat, Jan 5th, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    To kick –off the new year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington showcases some of its musically-inclined members in a special concert. Unlike most of the organization’s concerts, this one, which is set for 8 p.m., will not be preceded by an open mic. These nine artists will perform short musical sets: Andrea Cetlin, Marybeth D’Amico, Eric Eaton, Lin Giliberti, Judy Merrick, James O’Malley, Ira Perlman, Gary Schoenberger and Bob Westcott. ALSO: The society’s annual membership meeting, to which all members are invited, is set for 7:30 p.m.

  • Sun, Jan 13th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Jan 17th, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Jack Licitra and Jean Rohe will be the featured artists during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre.

  • Sat, Feb 2nd, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Grammy Award-winning songwriter Julie Gold graces our stage on Saturday, Feb. 2, as part of its First Saturday Concerts series. Julie Gold is a New York songwriter best known for Bette Midler’s version of her song “From A Distance,” which won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2001. That song has gone on to receive several-million airplays; been recited into the Congressional Record; been recorded internationally and translated into many languages; been illustrated as a children’s book and mass-produced in music boxes; been quoted in books, calendars and greeting cards; ad was used as the wake-up call for astronauts in the Mir Space Station the very first time the Americans hooked up with the Russians in outer space.

  • Sun, Feb 10th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Feb 21st, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    For over 20 years, Cathy Kreger and her guitar have been touring throughout the Northeast performing in small theaters, bars, churches, colleges and homes,gathering a devoted following. Her musical style is a unique combination of adult contemporary and old blues, with an alternative folk flair. Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) once said "No doubt about it. She has a great voice and really has her act together. — Steve Robinson, winner of the 2007 Long Island Blues Society's Blues Challenge, is a native Long Islander. He has been a carpenter, high school English teacher, commercial shell fisherman, truck driver, landscape crew foreman, air traffic controller, union rep., and computer programmer (and those are just some of the jobs). “It hasn’t been dull”, as Ellen, his wife of 39 years, puts it. What he is now is one hell of a songwriter, guitarist, singer, and performer.

  • Sat, Mar 2nd, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    “If Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem offer to cook at your place, you better open up all the doors, and borrow every table and chair you can, because the whole town should come.” So proclaims Folk Alley. The New England-based good-time harmony, string and groove band serves up a musical gumbo of folk, progressive bluegrass, country blues, jazz and swing. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is a steadily deepening, 12-year brew of band chemistry, life experience and musical evolution. In 2007, the San Francisco Bay Guardian called the group “one of the most song- and arrangement-oriented bands in a field overgrown with pyrotechnic, jam- and solo-conscious virtuosos.” Nice. And true. But what really sets this band apart is its members connection — to each other, to the audience, and to the music. Simultaneously loose and tight, their playing seems to tick by invisible radar; it’s exciting, cathartic, and fun to watch.

  • Sun, Mar 10th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Mar 21st, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Steve Chizmadia is an award winning singer-songwriter who’s been described as a Northerner with a southern soul. Hailing from the Hudson Valley by way of Long Island, New York City, South Carolina and Texas, Steve has also spent some time soaking up the Cajun and Creole cultures of Louisiana. Inspired by artists ranging from Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, the Beatles and the Eagles to Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle, his original music offers a folk-, country- and rock-tinged gumbo of NYC coffeehouse, Texas roadhouse, Music Row and fais do do musical influences sung in his own style and accompanied by his acoustic six-and 12-string guitars and mandolin. — Arlon Bennett is an award-winning singer-songwriter who recently released his fourth studio album, World of Possibility. A Long Island native, he now resides in Rockland County. “Filled with universal truths, World of Possibility is a joy to listen to,” writes Richard Cuccaro, editor of Acoustic Live! in New York City and Beyond. “An Americana/folk-pop songsmith, Bennett delivers timeless vignettes and melodies that recall Harry Chapin and vintage James Taylor, but with an eloquence, emotional honesty and style all his own.” The CD was produced by John Sonntag, who will accompany Arlon on guitar.

  • Sat, Apr 6th, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    Ariana Gillis -

    Hailed as "the best new artist I've heard in a very long time" by Dave Marsh, best-selling author and former music critic for Rolling Stone, Ariana Gillis was named Young Performer of the Year in the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards and was the recipient of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Arts Council last year.

    Seth Glier -

    Despite his relatively young age, Massachusetts based singer/songwriter/pianist/ guitarist Seth Glier, 24, is a seasoned troubadour. Averaging more than 250 live performances annually, he has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major folk festivals.

  • Sun, Apr 14th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    Free and open to the public
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Apr 18th, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room

    Deborah Lombardi

    is a Long Island-based singer-songwriter who has been described as a country version of Liz Phair. Mixing elements of rock, pop and country music with catchy melodies and thought-provoking, sometimes humorous lyrics, Deborah performs both as a solo artist and along with her backup band, accompanying her passionately-delivered vocals on guitar and piano. Her original songs have been heard in television and film soundtracks, and have also garnered accolades from VH1’s Song of the Year Contest and the Billboard Songwriting Contest. She has played in venues all along the East Coast and has been making her mark on the greater New York-area music scene over the last decade.

    Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes

    is a Jersey City, NJ-based indie folk-pop band whose music ties together the distinctly New York threads of folk, punk, and Broadway with a pop sensibility steeped in classic R&B. Starting with folk music’s story-song roots and transforming them into subtle theatrical narratives driven by catchy melodies, singer-songwriter Scott Wolfson’s songs, featuring his haunting vocals and the band’s tightly-woven arrangements, become unconventional “three-verse dramas” with a soundtrack that lingers.

  • Sat, May 4th, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    Connor Garvey -

    Portland, Maine-based singer songwriter Connor Garvey describes his music as acoustic funky folk-rock for the good-hearted. His initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008, by train, on a 45-day self-booked cross-country tour via Amtrak. Now, myriad tours later, he has been drawing audiences and critical acclaim with his inventive, rhythmic guitar work , clear, soulful vocals, and songs that capture people’s attention with humor, daring honesty, and grace – songs that challenge us to hope, grow, laugh, and see beauty in all of life’s metaphors. "Garvey's sandy tenor, attention to rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin Simon days, as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz,” according to music blog Direct Current.

    Phil Minissale -

    Growing up in the Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania, Phil Minissale began listening to Elizabeth Cotton, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jorma Kaukonen and Gary Davis at a very young age. His understanding of the many strains of the blues is as complete as that of musicians two or three times his age. Formerly tagged the “Long Island Blues Boy,” Phil, now 24, has evolved into a more seasoned roots singer-songwriter and has performed at venues, festivals and colleges from Maine to Georgia, as well as abroad.

  • Thu, May 16th, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room

    Gilles Malkine

    Gilles Malkine of Ulster County in New York’s Catskill Mountains is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, an actor, composer and a songwriter, whose career has taken him from playing guitar with Tim Hardin at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 to performing at Carnegie Hall and on Broadway, where he was part of The Dixie Dewdrop, a two-man musical portrait of country music’s Uncle Dave Macon. Along the way, he has collaborated and recorded with the likes of Hardin, John Sebastian and Artie Traum, and he shared the stage with performers ranging from Jacques Brel. Jesse Colin Young and John Cougar Mellencamp to David Amram, Kinky Friedman, Levon Helm and Peter Schickele. -

    Martin Swinger

    Martin Swinger is a Maine-based singer-songwriter with a fluid tenor voice, an engaging stage presence and an out-front social conscience. Originally from Georgia, he began singing and playing several instruments as a child. He counts Paul Simon and Harry Nilsson among his early musical influences. Swinger’s songwriting career began in college and took root in his twenties when his song, “Look Who’s Crying Now,” won a Certificate of Merit from the American Song Festival. Moves to Kentucky and Virginia and stints in several regional bands allowed him to hone his skill in writing powerful story songs that lyrically and melodically illustrate the variety of human emotions.

  • Sun, May 19th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    Free and open to the public
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Sat, Jun 1st, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. Raised on music within a few miles of farmland from each other, The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists-- the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven's richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench, The Stray Birds are a trio of captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. www.thestraybirds.com

  • Sun, Jun 9th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    Free and Open to the Public
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Jun 20th, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Levins are a New York-based duo who combine harmony-driven acoustic folk rock with overtones of the 1930s, a style that has been aptly likened to the Mamas and the Papas having coffee with Cole Porter. Ira and Julia Levin are singer-songwriters who perform their original material with guitar and piano accompaniment, using unexpected harmonies and unique musical arrangements that make their songs both engaging and infectious. The Levins won the 2011 Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, were the subject of an October 2012 cover story entitled “The Levins something beyond radiance” in Acoustic Live! in New York City and Beyond, and their latest release, My Friend Hafiz, recently rose to #17 on the Folk DJ radio chart that is compiled monthly. --- The Twangtown Paramours are a Nashville-based husband-and-wife Americana-folk duo comprised of lead vocalist and songwriter MaryBeth Zamer and guitarist and singer-songwriter Mike T. Lewis. Their style of music has been described as “sophisticated Americana,” blending the distinct sounds of Twangtown (a nickname for Nashville) and Austin, Texas.

  • Sat, Jul 20th, 2013 12:00pm
    at Heckscher Park
    The eighth annual Huntington Folk Festival is slated for Saturday, July 20, 2013. The free event will extend from 12 noon into the late evening at Heckscher Park, Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington, New York. Headlining this year’s festival will be Yonkers, NY-based Americana-roots ensemble Spuyten Duyvil, whose barn burning, rabble rousing live shows -- blending traditional jug band energy with amped-up lap steel guitar and Chicago-style harp blues and featuring an eclectic mix of riveting traditional and original songs -- have caught the attention of respected folk music DJs and prominent American Roots music promoters.

  • Sun, Aug 25th, 2013 12:00pm
    at
    Annual Event is a Mini-Folk Festival Focusing on the Music of the 1960s Hundreds of folk & bluegrass music lovers are expected to gather at the New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps (200 Congers Road, New City, NY) on Sunday afternoon, August 25 for the fourth annual picnic, singing party, and jam hosted by the Borderline Folk Music Club of Rockland County. The Folk Music Society of Huntington is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this free event, which is set for 12-6 p.m. in the outdoor grassy area adjacent to the parking lot. Other event co-sponsors are the online publication AcousticMusicScene.com and The Folk Music Society of New York (Pinewoods Folk Music Club).

  • Sun, Sep 15th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Sep 19th, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Naomi Margolin and Mark Newman are a singing and songwriting duo from Long Island whose all-too-infrequent musical appearances together are a rare treat for their audiences. Jerry DeMeo is a Huntington-based singer-songwriter and guitarist with an expressive singing voice, engaging guitar work and ebullient stage presence. Drawing his guitar-playing influences from artists such as Leo Kottke, Stephen Stills and Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry performs original material along with an impressive array of covers -- all marked with his own individual imprint.

  • Sat, Oct 5th, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    British singer-songwriter James Maddock has become a fixture in downtown New York’s folk and Americana scene since moving there ten years ago. Currently touring in support of his new album, Another Life, the raspy-voiced crooner and guitarist will be joined by keyboardist Oli Rockberger.

  • Sun, Oct 13th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Oct 17th, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci's latest CD. On their own recent release, "Closer Than You Know," the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable.

  • Sat, Nov 2nd, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Joe Crookston an Ohio native now residing in Ithaca, NY, has been developing a reputation as an energetic, charismatic and thoroughly engaging live performer. He was among the artists voted "Most Wanted to Return" during the 2007 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate New York and wowed attendees in 2008 with a mix of his own lyrically compelling, narrative-style songs and choice covers (including a solo acoustic version of Supertramp's "The Logical Song") -- much as he did during the Falcon Ridge Preview Tour''s concert in Centerport earlier that year. A serious craftsman, Crookston has heeded his father's advice to work with his hands (and heart) in metal and wood. His latest album, Darkling and The BlueBird Jubilee has received critical acclaim. His previous release, Able Baker Charlie & Dog, a collection of songs inspired by stories ordinary New Yorkers from the Finger Lakes region related to him during his year-long travels under a songwriting grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, reached the top of the folk/acoustic radio charts and was recognized as Album of the Year during the 2009 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN. His prior release, Fall Down As The Rain, was a Performing Songwriter Magazine Top 12 DIY independent recording. Joe Crookston also has been a finalist in several prestigious national songwriting contests.

  • Sun, Nov 10th, 2013 1:00pm
    at South Huntington Public Library
    These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Nov 21st, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Fred Newland and Cliff Miller are two Long Island-based singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who have been playing music together since their junior high school days in Seaford. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, they were a fixture on the local music scene, and also worked with worked with Michael Lang (of Woodstock fame) and Charlie Colello, a musical arranger for Barbra Streisand and the Four Seasons, among others. Maryland native Tony Denikos is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s songwriting treasures. A familiar face at local clubs, festivals and coffeehouses showcasing his foot-stomping backbeats, engaging melodies and “tastier than Texas BBQ” guitar work, he’s won the hearts of those who appreciate fine songwriting delivered with an honest and authentic voice. Tony also impressed folks during his Long Island debut at this summer’s Huntington Folk Festival.

  • Sat, Dec 7th, 2013 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Zoë Lewis is a band in a body! She plays jazz, jump jive, Latin grooves, swing, international folk, and funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons. Originally from England and now residing in Provincetown, MA, she’s a troubadour-vaudevillian-storyteller-singer-songwriter-piece of work, who describes her blend of music as worldbeat-vaudeville. She’s been a co-winner of the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Troubadour award, a Kerrville New Folk winner, and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival audience favorite. .Her music is upbeat, amusing and perfect for all ages. While at once settling listeners off balance with her quirky spin on things, she sneaks in simple, potent messages, leaving audiences worn out and inspired. (www.zoelewis.com) Lois Morton has been delighting audiences throughout the New York metropolitan area for several years with her abundant charm and humorous songs of social commentary on such subjects as cellphones, clutter, diets, psychotherapy, and road rage. Reinventing herself in retirement, the Huntington resident has gone from being an educator and therapist to a singer-songwriter with a rapier wit and a surprisingly contemporary approach. Her show As I See It (also the title of her debut CD) highlights Lois’ original, often hilarious songs which encourage us to laugh at ourselves. At this concert, she celebrates the release of her second album, 20th Century Girl that features 16 of her original songs. (www.loismorton.com)

  • Sun, Dec 15th, 2013 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Dec 19th, 2013 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Bill Lauter, Hank Stone Band & Ray Lambiase will perform in Bob Westcott's Holiday Revue. The concert begins promptly at 7:30 PM and there will be NO OPEN MIC tonight.

  • Sat, Jan 4th, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    The Folk Music Society of Huntington's First Saturday Concerts usually feature national and international touring artists. Each season, however, the organization showcases some of its own talented members in a special concert. As in past years, this one will feature a wide variety of performers and musical styles. Ten local artists and acts have been selected to perform short musical sets. Since the concert begins at 7:30 p.m., there will not be an open mic preceding it. FMSH members are invited to participate in our annual members meeting that is set for 6 p.m.

  • Sun, Jan 12th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Jan 16th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Brad Cole is a contemporary singer-songwriter who has drawn stylistic comparisons to John Hiatt and John Mayer yet delivers his own soulful slice of Americana with a groove. Cole says women artists like Patty Griffin, Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin have had the biggest impact on him as a writer, while his “heart and soul are with Mavis Staples, Betty Lavette and Bonnie Raitt.” The Toby Tobias Ensemble fuses elements of jazz, roots, world and folk music and is the brainchild of Toby Tobias, a Northport-based musician and singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Toby has immersed himself in all genres of American music of the last 50 years. His interest in African rhythms & world music, coupled with his keen ear for highly intuitive arrangements, has been the hallmark of his writing and performance styles, and he has garnered a strong following of listeners on Long Island and beyond.

  • Sat, Feb 1st, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton's house, New England's Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It's theatrical, humorous, musical and intense, while welcoming spectators to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. . This exciting group are on tour in support of their new single, "Dead Wrong", and will treat us to a show that's on the high road to musical perfection, - that channels pop bliss through their trademark lock-tight, turn-of-the-century, bang-out-a-beat-on-anything-that-can-take-it approach.

  • Sun, Feb 9th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Feb 20th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Rebecca Pronsky is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of country and folk with jazz and alternative influences to create a twangy urban-folk sound that highlights her sophisticated and poetic lyrics. A singer since childhood, she began writing songs in her teens, and studied ethnomusicology and jazz at Brown University. Since then, she has recorded three albums and toured extensively, playing in numerous clubs and at festivals both domestically and internationally including spots at the Huntington Folk Festival and the Folk Music Society of Huntington's First Saturday series. Bill Scorzari is a Huntington-based singer and songwriter whose original music combines elements of roots, folk, Americana and traditional styles with his thought-provoking lyrical imagery and signature voice. Bill’s influences include artists such as Justin Townes Earle, Blind Willie Johnson, Joe Pug and Townes Van Zandt, among many others. His band, The Raddle Chains and Straw Walkers, is comprised of some of the most sought-after musicians in the tri-state area, and he has performed at such venues as The Paramount in Huntington, the Long Island Fall Festival, Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Long Island Folk Festival, along with venues in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee.

  • Tue, Feb 25th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Film: Bill Shelley hosts a program about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Donovan featuring performances from TV shows, promotional clips, and live concert footage from the early career of the Scottish folksinger-songwriter known for such hits as "Catch the Wind" and "Colours, and his cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier." Tickets are $10 for CAC and FMSH members. $15 for the general public. Reception included.

  • Sat, Mar 1st, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    A cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers, Modern Man (David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach) is a trio of singer-songwriters who have carved a unique niche for themselves with their inimitable brand of musical humor. No sacred cow is spared as they sing about topics ranging from God to Godzilla, the FBI to ESPN, and manliness to cluelessness, all in a style that has been called “a non-stop express train of uproarious entertainment,” (Oscar E. Moore, TalkEntertainment.com), and with a vocal blend not heard since Ella and F. Scott Fitzgerald went their separate ways. From 1998 until 2010, Modern Man performed in clubs, coffeehouses, concerts and festivals across the United States and Canada. These included the Philadelphia, Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals, and such acclaimed venues as Town Hall, Wolf Trap, The Bottom Line and Lincoln Center, where Roots of American Music Festival producer Spike Barkin called Modern Man “the cleverest, funniest, most versatile group that I have heard in years." The trio also won the 2008 New York Nightlife Award for best comedy group in New York. Modern Man has recorded three CDs: The Wide Album, Modern Immaturity and Assisted Living. After a hiatus of several years spent pursuing other musical interests, Buskin, Carlson and Wurzbach are back touring as Modern Man despite popular demand, with topical material guaranteed to keep audiences laughing.

  • Sun, Mar 9th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Mar 20th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Tom Griffith and Martha Trachtenberg are Huntington-based singer-songwriters who have not only chronicled the ups and downs of their 31 years together in their music, but also have achieved numerous individual musical successes. Tom is an award-winning singer, songwriter and recovering jingle writer whose jingles have been heard in ads for products such as Miller beer and M&Ms candy. His work has also appeared in several movies, and he has won two Clio awards. Tom’s album 40 Years Later was named the best Long Island CD of 2007 by Newsday. Martha was a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-woman bluegrass band. She’s appeared in the IBMA Songwriter Showcase three times, and her songs have been recorded by artists such as Toby Walker and Tony Trischka and Skyline. John Platt of WFUV has said that Martha “has a warm heart that infuses her songs with humanity and a supple voice that makes them ring true.” In addition to performing with Tom, Martha is a member of the acoustic female trio, The Folk Goddesses. Rorie Kelly is a small redheaded tornado of sound. First-time listeners often comment, “I can’t believe that voice came out of that body. Rorie writes catchy, melodic rock songs that she plays with enough passion to break guitar strings and go right on playing without batting an eye. The Brooklyn-based acoustic rocker has drawn comparison to such artists as Fiona Apple, Janis Joplin, Alanis Morisette and Liz Phair. Like theirs, her voice has a raw intensity to it. Although named one of LI’s “Top Ten Indie Artists You’ve Never Heard Of” by Long Island Pulse Magazine, Rorie has been performing at clubs and festivals throughout the tri-state area for several years and is known on the NYC and LI singer-songwriter scenes. Her debut full-length CD is entitled Wish Upon a Bottlecap, while Rorie recently released Sincerely Live, a 28-track collection of songs, banter and song introductions recorded during her performance at the Live in the Lobby series at the Patchogue Theatre last fall. (www.roriekelly.com)

  • Sat, Apr 5th, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Canadian finger-style guitarist Bob Ardern is touring the Northeast this Spring in support of his forthcoming album, Craftsman. His previous release, Wires, Rosewood & Roots, was nominated for Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic in the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Awards and ranked #6 on its Top 100 albums chart for 2012. ZMR is the music industry organization that tracks new age, world and instrumental music. Ardern --who grew up in Ontario and resides in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia -- combines masterful finger-style guitar playing with melodies that conjure vivid images and then pulls it all together into a captivating sound. With influences from Celtic, classical and jazz music, Ardern’s guitar stylings take listeners on a spectral journey of emotions. Having grown up in the golden era of English folk music, he learned from some of the great names of the genre. While retaining those influences, he also listened to and was affected by Canadian and American roots music and shaped the two styles into his own unique blend. Howard Emerson is a self-taught guitar player who has been hailed for his expressive and fluid style. He began playing at age 12 and learned to fingerpick in the fall of 1969 wile cutting class at the Berklee School of Music, which he attended, ostensibly in order to avoid the draft. After a very brief stint there, he dropped out and later learned bottleneck and open-tuning, and was very influenced by Ry Cooder, Randy Newman and Little Feat. In the early-mid-1970s, Emerson recorded and toured with Richard Supa and with folk legend Eric Anderson. During that time, he also played with a band named Topper that eventually became the Billy Joel Band. A touring clinician for the C.F. Martin Guitar Company, Howard also teaches guitar at his Huntington Station home, as well as to students around the world via videotaped lessons. His latest CD, It Ain’t Necessarily So, was released in 2012. Hiroya Tsukamoto is a gifted composer and guitarist from Kyoto, Japan, who came to the U.S. a decade ago on a scholarship to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and now resides in New York City. A finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards and the USA Songwriting Competition, Tsukamoto wowed attendees during a featured showcase performance at the 2013 Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and also performed in unplugged showcases during last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival. He has released two solo albums – Heartland and Solo – and also has recorded several albums with the multicultural group Interoceanico. Influenced by the South American Nueva Cancion Movement, Tsukamoto’s impressionistic, inventive and highly innovative musical style features interesting chord patterns, a wide rhythmic mix, and incorporates elements from various genres. Check back later for more details

  • Sun, Apr 13th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Apr 17th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Mountain Maidens is a Long Island-based folk harmony trio comprised of Candice Baranello, Lorraine Berger and Marie Mularczyk O’Connell. Since first meeting at the Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson, the threesome has been performing a unique and harmonious mix of ballads, folk songs, country and gospel numbers, love songs and songs of social justice throughout the local area -- including a slot at the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Annual Members Showcase concert in January. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Ed Ryan is a Long Island-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a powerful voice and sharp wit. He’s also done theater, stand-up comedy and voiceover work. Since launching his professional music career at venues such as the legendary Folk City in New York, Ed has fronted several successful bands including Ed Ryan & The Underdogs, which toured the country as the support act for then teen-queen Debbie Gibson, and the harder-edged Wide Awake. Also a respected performer of Irish music, he has played during the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s opening ceremonies on many occasions.

  • Sat, May 3rd, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Beaucoup Blue, the Philadelphia -based father-and son-blues and roots duo, returns to grace our stage yet again after delighting audiences at previous First Saturday Concerts and during the 2011 Huntington Folk Festival. with a mix of original songs and classic numbers. Blending soulful traditional and contemporary styles, Beaucoup Blue creates an innovative and authentic sound that covers a wide swath of what constitutes today's Americana music.
    Jon Brooks is a Canadian singer-songwriter of note. A winner in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition, a Canadian regional winner in the Mountain Stage Newsong Competition, and a three-time Songwriter of the Year nominee in the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Brooks writes songs "to calm those who've looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts [and] to terrify those who have not."

  • Thu, May 15th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Larry Kolker is an American roots musician with a postmodern edge and a style that ranges from rhythmic folk and soulful blues to power pop rock. His lyrics run the gamut from the personal and passionate to the ironic and political, and evoke emotions that span the spectrum from desperation to joy. Larry is also a versatile guitar player and blues harpist whose musical influences include artists such as Bob Dylan, John Prine, Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg and Elvis Costello. Originally from Huntington and a graduate of Huntington High School, he now lives in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Larry has performed at the Huntington Folk Festival, the Montauk Music Festival, the Borderline Folk Music Club Picnic, and the Bob Dylan Festival at the Warwick Valley Winery, among other events. His 2012 album, Awful Smart Man, is a musical tour de force co-produced with Fred Gillen, Jr. that features Gillen on bass guitar and backing vocals by The YaYas. Scott Cook is a prairie balladeer from Alberta, Canada whose straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, soul and country music with spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. He brings humor, a disarming honesty and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting and storytelling, drawing on a wide range of roots music influences. Since 2007, Scott has been performing all over the world -- touring extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Acclaimed Canadian songwriter David Francey has noted that “Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you’ve ever slept on.” Scott’s latest album, One More Time Around, features his song “Pass It Along,” which earned top honors in the Folk and Acoustic category of the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest.

  • Sun, May 18th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Sat, Jun 7th, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Rising from the milieu of lovelorn singer-songwriters, JOHN GORKA illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting, turning and tying words and phrases in the way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka. For over two decades, Gorka’s keen ear has picked up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. His keen perceptiveness inspires people from all over the world to share their stories. By involving those tales in his music, he escapes the trap of introspection that hobbles less gifted singer-songwriters. John Gorka flies below the pop culture radar with an almost cult-like following that never fails to fill concerts. Speak with any of his fans and one instantly feels their enthusiasm and genuine affection. His shy, almost self-effacing stage presence rightfully focuses attention on the songs. His versatility on guitar and piano keeps his sets musically interesting, while his rich baritone effortlessly executes his bidding. And he’s never short of the sly comment or clever joke that invariably ignites his audience. With his uncanny ability to work every nuance of language, capturing a wide array of topics and experiences woven into memorable melodies, John Gorka’s career continues to prosper and to garner ever-increasing attention. “One can get goosebumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone, and his twisted humor” New York Times.

  • Sun, Jun 8th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Jun 19th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    He Bird She Bird is a Long Island-based acoustic trio with a gravel, silk and honey vocal blend that brings a rich and heartfelt sound to their wide-ranging repertoire of both original songs and American acoustic roots music. Since striking up their band late last year, Todd Evans, Terri Hall and Christine Kellar have incorporated sparks of folk-rock, country, bluegrass and gospel to fuel their harmonious vocal collaboration, accompanied by their guitars and sundry other stringed instruments. In the short time since launching their musical partnership, He Bird, She Bird has had people flocking to see them. They’ve performed at several local venues -- including a well-received set during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Members Showcase Concert this past January. Christine, Terri and Todd have also been in the studio, recording their first He Bird, She Bird CD. This Hard Luck Café show will mark the band’s first featured performance for FMSH. Multi-instrumentalist Dee Harris will be joining them onstage. The Lords of Liechtenstein is a quirky NYC-based acoustic folk duo comprised of two brothers – Noah on ukulele and vocals and Dan on guitar, banjo, mandola and vocals. Their sound has been compared to Simon and Garfunkel, while their onstage antics have drawn comparisons to The Smothers Brothers. It’s their instrumentation and introspective lyrics, however, that put them in a category all their own. “They are like the Everly Brothers with an attitude,” says Mark Miller, host of the Urban H2O concert series in Yonkers, NY and leader of the popular alt-roots band Spuyten Duyvil. The duo first met in a hospital in July of 1994. "Hey, let's start a band!" said Dan Rauchwerk to his new little brother, Noah. "Waaah!" said Noah as he had just been born and wasn't quite able to speak yet, much less sing or play the ukulele. The brothers mutually agreed to wait a few years, until Noah was at least potty trained, before pursuing musical careers. Although the debate rages on as to whether or not Noah is yet potty trained, the duo formally joined forces as The Lords of Liechtenstein in 2007. Noah and Dan have brought their unique blend of folk music to clubs and coffeehouses all over the East Coast. Their most recent album, Girlz (With a ‘Z’) shows off the duo’s versatility in songwriting and performing, moving effortlessly from reggae songs about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to upbeat folk songs about having one’s heart broken and torn apart by wolves.

  • Sat, Jun 28th, 2014 12:00pm
    at
    Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will headline the fourth annual American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor, a family friendly celebration of acoustic music on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Set on 90 acres of gardens and Italianate architecture in Katonah, Westchester County, NY – 40 miles northeast of New York City -- the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is well known for its summer music festivals. The Folk Music Society of Huntington is delighted to be a Cultural Partner of the festival and will have a presence there.

  • Sat, Jul 19th, 2014 12:00pm
    at Heckscher Park
    The ninth annual Huntington Folk Festival is slated for Saturday, July 19, 2014. The free event will extend from 12 noon into the late evening at Heckscher Park, Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington, New York. Headlining this year’s festival and performing on the [Harry] Chapin Rainbow Stage at 8:30 p.m. will be Bobtown. Drawing on field hollers, gospel music, folk songs, pop melodies and bluegrass harmonies, Bobtown reinvents American choral music for the 21st century to create a unique and compelling blend of voices and instruments that move gracefully between elegy and celebration. An afternoon of unplugged showcases and song swaps, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., featuring artists from the New York metropolitan area and beyond will precede the concert. Hosting them near canopy tents will be Acoustic Live! in New York City and Beyond and AcousticMusicScene.com. Co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council, the Huntington Folk Festival is part of the 49th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival presented by the Town of Huntington and produced by the Huntington Arts Council. Festival goers are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets and to consider bringing a picnic supper or venturing into nearby Huntington Village for dinner.

  • Mon, Jul 21st, 2014 7:00pm
    at
    Eisenhower Park Bandshell, East Meadow For a tenth year in a row, on Monday evening, July 21, some of Long Island's top musical talent will gather at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow to perform the music of the late singer-songwriter -activist Harry Chapin, playing his songs for the cause to which he dedicated himself. It was on his way to perform at that stage that Chapin died in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway. Entitled “Just Wild About Harry,” the concert, set to begin at 7:30 p.m., will include 18 Chapin songs -- ranging from his hits “Cat’s In the Cradle” and “Taxi” to fan favorites like “Flowers Are Red,” “Mr. Tanner” and “Mail Order Annie.” Artists slated to perform include Gathering Time, Frank Walker, Josh Joffen, MediaCrime, Wonderous Stories, Grand Folk Railroad, Rorie Kelly, Patricia Shih, Christine Solimeno, the Folk Goddesses, Friends on the Journey, Robin Eve, Katie Pearlman, and Sid Cherry. Nationally touring songstress Marci Geller will pay tribute to Pete Seeger with Harry's song about the folk legend, “Old Folkie,” and new to the show will be bluesy songwriter Jerry DeMeo and expatriate Long Islander Robin Greenstein. “It's hard to believe that we've been doing this for a decade,” said Long Island-based singer-songwriter and concert organizer Stuart Markus, who as a high-school student was just getting to know Harry's music beyond the hits in 1981. “Each year I think it'll be the last, but the enthusiasm of the players and audience persuades me to do it again.” Although the concert is free, guests are encouraged to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items for distribution to needy Long Islanders through Long Island Cares, the food bank founded by Chapin that works to relieve hunger on Long Island. Over the years, the concerts have raised more than five tons of food and several thousand dollars for the organization. In some cases the performers have chosen their own Chapin songs; in others Markus suggested them, but the performers have carte blanche with respect to interpretation. “I've always encouraged them to make the songs their own” Markus said. “It's a tribute to his songwriting that so many songs can sound good in different styles.” Although Chapin died 33 years ago, his music and efforts combating hunger have lived on, and the concert venue has been renamed the Harry Chapin Lakeside Stage in his honor. “It's always as if the Long Island original music community comes together to give the concert he had meant to,” Markus said. A commemorative plaque was dedicated in his honor at the concert in 2010. Besides raising food for the hungry and awareness of Long Island Cares' mission, Markus said, the goals of the concert are to keep Chapin's music and legacy alive in the public eye, and to give some of Long Island's top musicians a chance to showcase their talents on a big stage. A CD of the 2012 show and Chapin fan items will be available at the L.I. Cares Tent. Co-promoting the show is the Folk Music Society of Huntington, on whose board Markus serves. 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 event is scheduled rain or shine, barring lightning storms. For information about summer concerts and other events, call (516) 572-0200. # # # Photo of Harry Chapin by Robert Berkowitz/RSBImageWorks.com

  • Sun, Aug 24th, 2014 12:00pm
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    The Folk Music Society of Huntington is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this free Annual Event, a Mini-Folk Festival focusing on A Tribute to Pete Seeger.

  • Sun, Sep 14th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Sep 18th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Miles to Dayton is a Long Island-based family band whose music brings a high-energy message of love that strikes audiences on a personal level. M2D blends elements of folk, rock, classical music and funk with four-part vocal harmony, clever songwriting, improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section, At the heart of their unique marriage of musical styles lies a real-life marriage: vocalist Krista Preddice shares the microphone with her husband Jonathan, the principal songwriter for the group – who also shines on guitar, cello, accordion and trumpet. Bassist Dave March (Krista’s brother) and violinist Leanne Strom (John’s sister) add depth to the vocal harmonies, while their bass and violin provide sonic bookends for the band’s signature sound. Drummer Brian Kroll further propels the group’s music with an exciting and funky edge. M2D has performed at venues and festivals throughout the New York metropolitan area. The group’s first performance for the Hard Luck Café was a rousing success – prompting a return engagement. Anna Dagmar is a New York City-based pianist, arranger and singer-songwriter whose influences range from Joni Mitchell to Billy Joel and Leonard Bernstein. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she developed an interest in orchestration, Anna is a versatile performer whose music weaves together elements of folk, pop, jazz, classical and musical theatre. She won a Gold Prize (first place) in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for “We Were Children” (2011), was named a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Competition and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2012), and was selected to join the Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop last year. “In a world overpopulated with guitar-playing folksingers, Dagmar is pursuing a different path – writing piano-based songs that evoke the best of Judy Collins or the musical theater.” – John Platt, host of Sunday Breakfast on WFUV. The Preddice Family String Quartet (Phil Preddice, Alisa Rabbit, Leanne Strom and Jon Preddice) will accompany Anna as she performs her original songs arranged for piano and strings.

  • Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    The Boxcar Lilies have quickly made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and top-notch songwriting. Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, concert ukulele, bass, and washboard, they have brought their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues up and down the Eastern seaboard.
    The Boxcar Lilies “bring energy, improvisation and a charming presence to the stage each night. Anyone with an ear for folk or luscious harmonies will enjoy these women.” - Zak Jason, Cape Cod Times

  • Sun, Oct 12th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Oct 16th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Jesse Terry is an award-winning, world-traveling, guitar-playing singer/songwriter whose home base just happens to be on the road. His intimate and evocative brand of Americana has drawn favorable comparisons to Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon and James Taylor. “Sunny naiveté meets gritty wisdom” is how Dave Dircks of LIVE @ Deepwells (formerly Acoustic Long Island) describes him.
    Jesse has performed across the nation and throughout the world -- from Great Britain and Greenland to the South Pacific. Along the way, he attended the Berklee College of Music and landed a Nashville publishing deal just two months after graduating. He has been a Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the NSAI/CMT Song Contest, and his songs have gained placement on the televisions shows Hart of Dixie and Roadtrip Nation. His most recent album, Stay Here with Me, was released in 2013.
    Jesse is “a force to be reckoned with,” says John Platt, host of Sunday Breakfast on WFUV. “His well-crafted songs rank right up there with Ryan Adams … and other masters of alt-country.”

    Kat Quinn is a New York City-based singer/songwriter who hails originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts and writes lyrics marked by a charismatic combination of poetry and plainspoken language. She studied piano and percussion as a child, and got her first guitar at age15. Kat began writing songs in college, initially inspired by the heartbreak of a failed romance. From then on, songwriting became a consistent endeavor -- fueled further by the time she spent studying abroad in Chile and later travels in Ecuador.
    Sadness may have lit the match, but Kat’s upbeat personality fires her live shows, where she accompanies herself on guitar and ukulele. Her original songs feature “lightness and depth at the same time” (Verily Magazine) reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson with a touch of Taylor Swift. Her songs have been featured in a film soundtrack and a VoxBox ad, and in 2013 she performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s Battle of the Instant Songwriters. Kat has also performed throughout the metropolitan area, including twice at the Huntington Folk Festival.

  • Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci's latest CD. On their own recent release, "Closer Than You Know," the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent.

  • Sun, Nov 9th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Nov 20th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Libby Koch (pronounced “coke”) is a Houston-based Americana singer-songwriter who draws from a classic blend of country, folk and rock. She performed this summer at the Kerrville Folk Festival’s Threadgill Theater and in the Emerging Artists Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. She also was a finalist in the Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest and a semifinalist in the Songwriter Serenade. Libby was named Songwriter of the Year (2013) by the Houston Press and was selected for official showcases at last year’s Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) and this year’s Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conferences. She cites Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Janis Joplin, Patty Griffith & Dolly Parton as influences. Manitoba Hal, previously scheduled, is stuck in Canada on a visa issue, so Libby has agreed to perform both sets tonight.

  • Sun, Nov 23rd, 2014 6:00pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    National award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih brings a multi-media tribute to five extraordinary female musicians for a lively and spirited night of music!

  • Wed, Dec 3rd, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Come join Peter Yarrow as he personally guides us with commentary & live performance - from beloved anthems to selections from 13 never-before-recorded songs - through highlights of the brand new documentary, “50 Years with Peter, Paul and Mary,” including DVD “extras” that will not be broadcast on any upcoming TV airings.

    The celebration culminates in a reception signing of their handsome, moving new coffee table book chronicling the iconic trio’s epic journey of uplifting music and powerful activism that – as US Secretary of State John F. Kerry writes in his foreword - defined a generation, leaving a legacy that lives on today.

    Tickets are $25 for Members of FMSH or CAC / $30 Public - Includes Book-Signing Reception.
    Click "more info & tickets" above left for advance ticket sales information

  • Sat, Dec 6th, 2014 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    In the spirit of the holiday season, please bring canned food to this concert for distribution to needy Long Islanders through Long Island Cares - The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

    In a career that spans five decades, 23 albums and three GRAMMY awards, multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in films, television and radio.

  • Sun, Dec 14th, 2014 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. These free Sunday afternoon events -- affording mostly amateur musicians and singers of all experience levels an opportunity to play, sing and hone their skills with others – will take place from 1-4 p.m.

  • Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Gail Storm - Robert Bruey - Wicked Karma (Dee Harris & Todd Evans)

    Gail Storm is a singer/songwriter/pianist who performs locally as well as on the national and international circuits. Her blues stylings embrace the root music she cherishes and provide a refreshing frame to other genres.
    Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Robert Bruey grew up in rural New England and lives on Long Island’s North Fork. His roots and how they have helped to shape him are reflected in the original music on his recently released CD, 'Carousel', and are even more evident during a live performance.
    Wicked Karma - This is one of the most creative, eclectic, out there (yet in there), acoustic guitar duos to emerge in a long time. Dee Harris and Todd Evans have freed themselves to travel wherever they wish to go and have given birth to their own organic music form with no boundaries or confining genre limitations.

  • Sat, Jan 3rd, 2015 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    The Folk Music Society of Huntington will showcase some of its musically inclined members in a special concert set for Saturday, January 3 at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (off Route 25A), Centerport. The following local artists and groups have been selected to perform short musical sets: Acoustic Apple (Gary Schoenberger and Stephen Angliss), Shawn Cullinane, Lois Morton, Rocket and the Launchers (Ken Korb, Lora Kendall and Suzanne Ernst), Alan Short, Roger Silverberg, Nick Vermitsky and Wild Ginger (Candace Baranello, Caren Jacobs and Maureen Keelty). Unlike most of the organization’s concerts, this one, which is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m., will not be preceded by an open mic. As a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, the Folk Music Society of Huntington is supported in large part through memberships. Although its First Saturday Concerts series usually features national and international touring artists, one evening each season is devoted to a Members Showcase Concert to enable some of its own talented members to display their musicianship, singing and songwriting skills. Tickets are $20 ($15 for FMSH members) and may be purchased online at www.fmsh.org with a credit card or at the door (cash and checks only).

  • Sun, Jan 11th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, Jan 15th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The New Students are a Brooklyn-based band performing both original and traditional material in tight three-part harmony and an eclectic blend of folk, roots, alternative and Americana traditions. Members of the group hail from Long Island and Brooklyn, and include singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Justin Flagg and Matt Gelfer, vocalist Briana Carlson-Goodman, bassist Sam Gelfer and percussionist Jason Rosoff. With one foot in the 21st century and the other planted firmly in the soil of American folk music, The New Students always deliver an animated and heartfelt performance featuring skillful acoustic instrumentation, compelling lyrics and quirky humor.
    Pesky J. Nixon is a Boston-based Americana band whose unique brand of bombastic yet infectious energy, combined with their rich harmonies and musical versatility, draws the audience into their world of songs and stories. Members of PJN include Ethan Scott Baird (guitar and vocals), Jake Bush (accordion, harmonica, piano and vocals), Dan Carp (percussion and vocals) and Kara Kulpa (mandolin, fiddle and vocals). Drawing from influences that range from contemporary urban balladeers and rowdy Southern bluegrass to the wry wit of New England’s localized folk scenes, PJN creates an inviting yet challenging musical atmosphere with compelling vocal harmonies backed by instrumentation that includes zydeco-style accordion, virtuosic mandolin and a variety of tribal percussion instruments.

  • Sat, Feb 7th, 2015 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Hailed by The Boston Globe as “two of the funniest entertainers on today’s music scene,” veteran performers Christine Lavin and Don White 

 have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the U.S. since 2008 -- proving night after night that comedy can be smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative. 

 Since emerging from the NYC singer-songwriter scene in the late 1980s, Christine Lavin has established herself as an entertaining tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful and engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre. Christine has also been at the forefront of finding and promoting talented new artists. Don White is the latest artist whom she has championed. “He’s such an original; I sometimes call him a ‘blue collar intellectual,’ ” says Christine. A product of the rich Boston arts scene of the 1990s, Don developed his songwriter/performer chops at Club Passim and Olde Vienna Kaffehaus while honing his comedic skills at Catch a Rising Star in Harvard Square. These experiences -- along with his immersion in the Boston spoken word scene -- combine to make Don one of the few performers who brings a comic's wit and a poet's heart to his songs and stories. 



  • Sun, Feb 8th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, Feb 19th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    For over 20 years, Cathy Kreger and her guitar have been touring throughout the Northeast performing in small theaters, bars, churches, colleges and homes,gathering a devoted following. Her musical style is a unique combination of adult contemporary and old blues, with an alternative folk flair. Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) once said "No doubt about it. She has a great voice and really has her act together. — Steve Robinson, winner of the 2007 Long Island Blues Society's Blues Challenge, is a native Long Islander. He has been a carpenter, high school English teacher, commercial shell fisherman, truck driver, landscape crew foreman, air traffic controller, union rep., and computer programmer (and those are just some of the jobs). “It hasn’t been dull”, as Ellen, his wife, puts it. What he is now is one hell of a songwriter, guitarist, singer, and performer.

  • Sat, Mar 7th, 2015 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Miller’s Crossing is a Long Island-based bluegrass band known for its driving and soulful original and traditional music. Formed in 2004, the band is fronted by songwriter and mandolinist Marjorie Kelting, and features Jen Larson (guitar and vocals), Terry McGill (banjo and vocals) and Eric Howell (bass).

  • Sun, Mar 8th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, Mar 19th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Jeff Scroggins is an acclaimed banjo player who has toured internationally with his band Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. A winner of the prestigious National Bluegrass Banjo Championship and dozens of state and regional banjo contests, Jeff’s fiery style and lightning-fast licks have earned him many fans worldwide. He also teaches for Swallow Hill Music in Denver, Colorado and is in demand as an instructor at many bluegrass music camps in the U.S. and abroad. Jeff will be joined by band members Tristan Scroggins on mandolin and Greg Blake on vocals and guitar, with special guest Larry Cohen (Silk City, Skyline) on bass. Long Island’s own Martha Trachtenberg and Tom Griffith will also join him for this performance. 

 Mara Levine: Called one of the best singers of her generation by Christine Lavin, the folksinger and jewelry designer creates beautiful interpretations of fine traditional and contemporary folk songs. Reviewers have said Mara’s voice is reminiscent of folk icons Judy Collins and Joan Baez. Mara's second album, Jewels and Harmony, received stellar reviews, was the #1 album on the Folk DJ chart for January 2013 and placed #3 overall for 2013. Her version of Bob Franke’s “Straw Against the Chill” with Joe Jencks and her arrangement of Paul Simon’s “Leaves That Are Green” with folk-harmony trio Gathering Time both were #1 songs on the monthly Folk DJ charts. Jeff Scroggins and his band, along with members of Gathering Time, will join Mara for this performance.

  • Sun, Apr 12th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, Apr 16th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan are touring artists and self-described “late-bloomers” based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A smoky-voiced singer-songwriter and deft guitarist, Claudia is adept at adapting her expressive voice to a wide range of material, embracing multiple styles, and weaving them into a distinctive Americana sound – accompanied by her husband Bruce on mandolin and guitar. Claudia, who earned Best New Artist honors from Boston’s WUMB in 2000, following the release of her first album Song Food, released her fourth CD, All Our Luck is Changing, in 2013. Her songs have been heard on college and public radio stations across the country, while Claudia has been featured in Sing Out!, The Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. One of her and Bruce’s songs also was featured on Christine Lavin Presents Just One Angel v2.0. Glen Roethel is a New York-based, California-born contemporary folk-pop-rock singer-songwriter with a penchant for positive intentional lyrics. A guitar player’s guitarist, he delivers both his original songs and his large repertoire of covers in lush baritone-tenor vocals accompanied by deft guitar and ukulele stylings. A founding member of the folk-rock harmony group Gathering Time, Glen is also a sought-after accompanist and producer -- as well as an instructor at Summersongs. Glen has released six albums of original music -- including his latest, Unfolding (2014), which contains three songs that were nominated for Posi Awards (the “Grammys” of positive music). Since returning to solo work in 2013, Glen has performed at venues across the U.S. He often improvises new songs on the fly. A generous, welcoming performer, Glen has been described as “spontaneous and exciting – like 1000 tiny fun bombs going off all at once.”

  • Sat, May 2nd, 2015 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Brother Sun celebrates the amazing power of three-part male harmonies – weaving contemporary and traditional folk with eclectic touches of blues, gospel, jazz and pop. Comprised of nationally touring singer-songwriters Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor, the trio has performed sold-out concerts across the U.S. and evoked standing ovations at the Falcon Ridge and Philadelphia Folk Festivals, among others. Brother Sun’s sophomore release, Some Part of the Truth, was the #1 album on the Folk DJ chart for 2013, while its self-entitled debut recording was #8 for 2011.

  • Sun, May 17th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, May 21st, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room

    Lara Herscovitch is an engaging contemporary singer-songwriter with a voice “clear and smooth, like expensive liquor” (Northeast Performer). Her music blends acoustic folk with pop, jazz, blues and Latin influences. Hailed as “a remarkable performer” on WSHU’s Profiles in Folk, Lara has showcased at the International Folk Alliance Conference, served as the official Connecticut State Troubadour (2010-2012), and performed on A Prairie Home Companion and in John Platt’s “On Your Radar” series in NYC. Trained as a policy social worker, Lara has worked on behalf of disadvantaged populations in Asia, Latin America and the U.S. Small wonder, then, that echoes of the global themes of equity and social justice resonate throughout her music. Lara has recorded five studio albums, including her most recent release – Four Wise Monkeys.

    Josh Joffen is a Long Island-based singer-songwriter whose songs are, by turns, rousing, funny, poetic and insightful -- blending modern and traditional folk and jazz influences with a rich palette of guitar voicings and open tunings. Josh is a two-time winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition and a 2011 winner in the Great American Song Contest His songs have appeared in Fast Folk Musical Magazine and Sing Out! and have been recorded by such artists as Gathering Time and Mike Agranoff. With his warm, welcoming stage presence, Josh is equally at home before large and intimate audiences. He has performed at numerous clubs, coffeehouses and festivals. His most recent album, Postcard From Antigua, is a lyrical travelogue with songs set in locales from the Caribbean and the Middle East to his native New York.

  • Sat, Jun 6th, 2015 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Catie Curtis is a Boston-based singer-songwriter who has toured the U.S. and Europe for more than 20 years — including several performances at The White House, at two Presidential Inaugural Balls, at Carnegie Hall, and with Lilith Fair. Dubbed a “folk-rock goddess” by The New Yorker, she’s released 13 albums, recorded a duet with Kris Kristofferson for his CD The Austin Sessions, and was the grand-prize winner in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition. Catie has also won a slew of Boston Music Awards and had songs featured in numerous films and TV shows.

  • Sun, Jun 14th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, Jun 18th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Brooklyn-based singer-songwriters Jean Rohe and Matt Nakoa will perform during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY) on Thursday, June 18. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the Cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Cinema Arts Centre and FMSH members). Both featured artists will be part of the “Most Wanted” Song Swap during this summer’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, having been selected by audience members from among 24 artists/acts who performed in its Emerging Artists Showcase last year.

  • Sun, Jul 26th, 2015 12:00pm
    at Heckscher Park - Chapin Rainbow Stage
    Tom Paxton will headline the 10th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Sunday, July 26 at Huntington, NY's Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A). Extending from noon until l0:30 p.m., the free festival – co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council – is part of the 50th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival. Tom Paxton also is marking his 50th year as a touring artist.

    Opening for Paxton on the park’s Chapin Rainbow Stage will be No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow. Prior to the evening concert, AcousticMusicScene.com and FMSH will host unplugged showcases and song swaps featuring more than three-dozen artists near canopy tents from noon until 6 p.m. Artists confirmed to perform during the afternoon include Acoustic Apple, Annika, Mark Allen Berube, Michael Braunfeld, Meghan Cary, Andrea Cetlin, Greg Cornell and the Cornell Brothers, Curtis & Carla, Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick, Phil Henry, Jay Hitt, Karen Hudson, Josh Joffen, Stuart Kabak, Kalinec & Kj, Cecilia Kirtland, Scott Krokoff, Mara Levine, The Levins, Kirsten Maxwell, Lois Morton, Mark Newman & Naomi Margolin, James O’Malley, Elaine Romanelli, Shawn Taylor, Robinson Treacher and Bob Westcott. Click on "more info and tickets" for a complete schedule of afternoon performers.

    The 50th Annual 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.

  • Sun, Aug 23rd, 2015 12:00pm
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    On Sunday, August 23rd the Borderline Folk Music Club will again be sponsoring the annual Borderline Picnic which this year will be a tribute to Tom Paxton at our new venue, Germonds Park, 185 Germonds Road, West Nyack 10994. This event, which will run from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM is FREE and open to the entire community. Schedule for the Borderline Folk Music Club Picnic: 12 noon – Kickoff and introductions , 12:10 – 12:25 Kirsten Maxwell , 12:27 – 12: 42 Lew Abramson , 12:44 - 12:59 Larry Kolker , 1:01 – 1:16 pm Kerri Powers , 1:18 – 1:33 pm Steve Suffett , 1:35-1:50 pm Dennis McDonough , 1:52 – 2:07 pm Anne Price and Rita Deutsch(Hudson River Rose) , 2:09 – 2:25 Maggie Seligman and Richard Brooker , 2:27- 2:42 Josh Joffen , 2:44-2:59 Barry and Brooks , 3:01 – 3:16 Mara Levine , 3:18- 3:33 Terry Kitchen , 3:35 – 3:50 James Durst , 3:52- 4:07 Robert and Susan Gelb , 4:07 – 4:22 Lydia Adams Davis , 4:26- 4:41John VandenOever , 4:44-4:58 Bob Wright/Bill Doerge , 5:00 – 5:15 John Guth , 5:15 – 5:25 Tom Paxton , 5:30 – 5:45 - Jean Ritchie Tribute , 5:45 – Finale sing-a-long – “Peace Will Come,” “Last Thing on My Mind” , Emcees: Bill Hahn (WFDU), Michael Kornfeld (AcousticMusicScene.com) and Joe Pszonek (WMSC) , We will also have a separate jam area for those wanting to jam and sing led by Bob Wright. Co sponsoring this year's festival are the Town of Clarkstown, Folk Music Society of NY (aka Pinewoods), AcousticMusicScene.com, the Folk Music Society of Huntington. and Tribes Hill. FREE admission; Bring your own food, drink, and lawn chairs. Those who don't can purchase it from the park concessionaire. Alcohol and pets are not permitted on premises.

  • Thu, Sep 17th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Annika Bennett is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Although she’s only 17, Annika’s songs reflect a level of craftsmanship and her lyrics a depth of wisdom that belie her youth. They are definitely not about teenage angst. She has written scores of songs and performed extensively throughout the New York metropolitan area.
    Last year, Annika received ASCAP’s prestigious Robert Allen Award for Excellence in Songwriting and was the Audience Choice winner of WNYC Radio’s Battle of the Boroughs (Queens) competition.

    Kirsten Maxwell is a folk music "triple threat." Her talent is equal parts singer, performer, and songwriter. Often compared to timeless singers like Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Judy Collins, the 23-year-old is unlike any young female singer of her generation.
    Over the past year, Kirsten has quickly made a name for herself on the Long Island music scene. Now venturing out into New England, she won a songwriting contest sponsored by the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) -- taking the prize with two original songs off of her debut album, Crimson.

  • Sun, Sep 20th, 2015 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" songbook. 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.

  • Sat, Oct 3rd, 2015 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Due to a severe visa processing backlog, Irish Mythen, who had been slated to open the First Saturday Concerts series this season, cannot join us in October. While we hope to reschedule her performance, we are delighted that Vance Gilbert, a FMSH favorite, who was to perform for us in December, will instead grace us with his presence on Oct.3.

    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. Gilbert has since released many albums of his own, toured extensively, and opened tours for the late comedian George Carlin for two years.

    Vance drew two standing ovations following his stirring performance for the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concerts series in 2007. He also graced the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park in 2010 when he co-headlined the fifth annual Huntington Folk Festival with Susan Werner.

  • Sun, Oct 11th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, Oct 15th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Caroline Cotter is a travel-inspired singer-songwriter. Music has always been at the heart of her life, alongside an insatiable passion for travel and global exploration. Over the past ten years, Caroline has lived in and traveled to 27 countries on five continents. While writing and recording her first national release, Dreaming As I Do (which reached #5 on the Folk DJ chart earlier this year), she spent the last few years working for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Portland, Maine. CIEE provided amazing opportunities for international community and travel, and further inspired Caroline’s songwriting.

    Prior to joining CIEE, Caroline spent time working in France, Portugal, Spain, and Thailand; studying yoga in India; and traveling in South America. In addition to writing songs in English, she sings in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Sanskrit, and is always looking for beautiful ways to bring the world to her audience and to connect inter-culturally through her music. With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline’s music takes you all over the world: from a Parisian salon, to an Indian ashram, to a bluegrass festival campfire, to the depths of the human heart.

    Jay Hitt is a Pittsburgh, PA-based singer-songwriter whose musical versatility and down-to-earth folk style speaks to his audiences of the simple joys found in everyday life. A talent for vivid storytelling combined with crisp and delicate acoustic melodies makes it easy to understand why Jay's songs so effortlessly touch the hearts of his fans.

    Jay has performed in many venues throughout the United States both as a solo artist and as a member of various bands. He impressed listeners at this summer’s Huntington Folk Festival and as part of the juried Emerging Artists Showcase at the 2015 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Jay has also written commercial music for radio advertising and a theme song for television. He’s received several songwriting awards and was a winner of the New Folk Competition at the New Jersey Folk Festival at Rutgers University in 2003. Jay has several albums of original songs to his credit -- including his most recent release, Greetings From the Wilderness (2013).

  • Sat, Nov 7th, 2015 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    The Bumper Jacksons are on a roll. Folding sounds of jazz, early blues, old-time music, and country swing into an exhilarating repertoire of modern American roots music, the DC-based band has brought a hard-driving party energy to countless dance floors. With three recent Washington Area Music Awards and many dozens of jubilant live shows under their collective belt, they released their second album, Too Big World, in July. It’s a sweetly balanced collection of hot swing numbers, heartbreak ballads, and late-night moonshine foot-stompers, as are the group’s live shows. Frontwoman and Florida native Jess Eliot Myhre (clarinet, vocals, washboard) honed her musical chops in jam sessions in the streets and clubs of New Orleans, immersed in the music that fuels the city’s humid, carnivalesque all-night parties. In 2012, she met Maryland-born fellow song-crafter Chris Ousley (guitar, vocals) in Washington, DC, and the two joined forces to form the Bumper Jacksons’ core. Chris’ background in old-time banjo and bluegrass music harmonized perfectly with Jess’s vintage jazz credentials; the songs the duo collects, arranges, and creates weave the high lonesome echoes of old rural America into the galvanizing sounds of the cities and artists that have defined American jazz, blues and swing.

  • Sun, Nov 8th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, Nov 19th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Manitoba Hal has forged an international reputation for engaging and connecting with his audience through songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. He proves that the uke can be small but mighty as he pulls out powerful blues riffs and melodies adding subtle important accompaniment using looping technology. His strong foundation in American roots / blues music, confident baritone voice, and distinctive original music have made him a solid draw at festivals, house concerts and soft seat theatres in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has performed at the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, New York Uke Festival, Ukulele Festival of Great Britain and Melbourne Ukulele Festival and he has been a mainstage headliner at international ukulele festivals such as the Cairns Ukulele Festival and the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival.

    Shawna Caspi is a guitar-picking, classically-trained folkie with a sweet-tooth for a good story, a sly lyrical wit, and a rich, powerful voice.

    Shawna Caspi sings of love, travel, home, and heart, distilling each experience into a series of vibrant snapshots, coloured with humour and grace and arranged with care and craft. Her latest release, Apartments for Lovers, is a solo guitar and voice album that showcases her rich voice and remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique.

  • Sat, Dec 5th, 2015 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Susan 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 two decades. Susan will perform one extended set beginning at 8:45 PM. A 15-minute refreshment break will follow the Open Mic.

  • Sun, Dec 13th, 2015 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" songbook. 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, Dec 17th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Two Pennsylvania-based singer-songwriters – Michael Braunfeld and Meghan Cary – will be the featured performers during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington) on Thursday, Dec. 17. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the Cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. “Both Michael and Megan had coveted juried Quad Showcases during the recent Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference and also showcased their talents during this summer’s Huntington Folk Festival,” notes FMSH President Michael Kornfeld. “We look forward to welcoming these two gifted artists back to Huntington.”

  • Tue, Dec 29th, 2015 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Folk Music Society of Huntington is pleased to partner with the Cinema Arts Centre in co-presenting "A Little Bit Of Folk: From Activism to Lyricism," the latest installment in archivist Bill Shelley's series of film & video clips and discussion, Rock Legends Live! This celebration of the incredible musicians and the powerful social messages that have made folk music an inspiring vehicle for change is set for Tuesday, December 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington). The nearly two-hour program will be followed by a reception in the Sky Room. Tickets are $15; $10 for Cinema Arts Centre and FMSH members (with your membership card).

  • Sat, Jan 2nd, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Acoustic Apple is Steve Angliss and Gary Schoenberger, musicians who love to cover songs that famous (and not-so-famous) artists have created. Both Steve and Gary are familiar faces at our open mics. Gary is a member of the Folk Music Society’s Board, helps facilitate the monthly Folk Jams at the South Huntington Library and distributes the weekly Long Island Concert Notes. Steve is an active Folk Society volunteer, and often helps set up our sound equipment. Both are regular participants at various Bluegrass and Electric Jams on Long Island. Most of the songs Acoustic Apple covers are Americana, Folk-Rock and Roots, but some Pop, Bluegrass and Bar-Band Rock always manages to sneak into the set-list. Be sure to visit their website “AcousticApple.com” and “Like” their Facebook page.

    "Josh Joffen sings from the heart. He weaves melody around his rich lyrical poetry, binds it together with expressive (and impressive) guitar work in multiple tunings, adds smooth soothing vocals, and serves it all up to us with a warm dimpled smile. Whether he is using humor, singing a love song to his wife, expressing delight in his beloved tropical island of Antigua, sharing memories of his Greenwich Village past, or exploring his understanding of the strange dichotomies of human nature you immediately understand the deep intelligence of the man who can write songs like this, just as you immediately understand how much he thoroughly enjoys life. Josh doesn't just sing. He reaches out and embraces his audience, pulling them into his magical world. As a house concert presenter, I can say that it doesn't get much better than this." - Arlene Boumel, Boumel House Concerts, Coral Gables, FL

    The Counterclockwise Ensemble is a guitar, strings and percussion quintet that plays contemporary American chamber music. Equally at home in a variety of genres, the group primarily plays the compositions of guitarist Rich Stein, sprinkling in pieces by Holst, Copland, Saint-Saëns and Brahms as well as traditional American and Irish folk tunes into their sets. The current ensemble includes Rich Stein (guitar), Andrew and Rebecca Perea (orchestral strings), Glen Saunders (double bass) and Jim Mansfield (percussion).

  • Sun, Jan 10th, 2016 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, Jan 21st, 2016 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Scott Krokoff weaves elements of folk rock and country pop genres to create evocative and introspective Americana songs that are both confessional and compelling. Influenced by his love of 1960s and 1970s music and accompanied by deft fingerpicking guitar work that combines the styles of James Taylor and Paul Simon with a slightly alt-rock edge, his music is imbued with an energy that reflects his own desire to dream big and live life to the fullest. Scott began his solo career more than a decade ago after playing in a 1990s college band. He has written and recorded three albums featuring original music dedicated to his philosophy that we must all take risks in life to follow and ultimately realize our individual dreams and goals. His most recent CD, Realizations and Declarations, Vol. 2, was released this year. Scott has played at venues throughout the New York metropolitan area and done shows as far away as Belgium. He recently performed in the 2015 Huntington Folk Festival. Robinson Treacher is an engaging, high-energy performing songwriter with a powerful voice and unique guitar stylings. Passionate, gritty and soulful, he has drawn comparisons to David Gray, Richie Havens and Van Morrison. “Like a tent revival shouter rooted in gospel and blues – a mix of silk and gravel – the sound is coming from a core somewhere deep,” wrote Richard Cuccaro in a Jan. 2015 Acoustic Live! in New York City cover story entitled Robinson Treacher - Soul Conjurer. Not one to be pigeonholed into one particular genre, he takes fibers from many -- from the bluesy soul of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke to the weathered back- country of The Band and Hank Williams -- and weaves them into his own distinct musical tapestry. Robinson has performed at venues throughout the New York metro area and across the country, including an appearance at the 2015 Huntington Folk Festival. His most recent album, Porches, was released in 2013.

  • Sat, Feb 6th, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Formed in Sleepy Hollow, NY in the late 1990s, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has achieved near legendary status as a pioneering alt-folk/Americana jam band, while remaining on the fringes of the music industry. The Slambovians’ lively late-night musical extravaganzas have made the band Falcon Ridge Folk Festival favorites for more than a decade. The music of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been variously described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock,” and “surreal Americana” -- a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering, at times haunting, and a lot of fun. Elements of The Incredible String Band, Dylan, Bowie, Neil Young and the Decemberists are all part of the musical mix. Fronted by songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica), the band features guitarist/mandolin player Sharkey McEwen, multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, uke, theremin, melodica); and new member Felipe Torres (percussion). It’s impossible to capture in writing what the experience of seeing the Slambovians live is really like. Come see for yourselves.

  • Sun, Feb 14th, 2016 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, Feb 18th, 2016 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Greg Cornell and the Cornell Brothers (siblings in song, not in fact) is a Brooklyn-based roots music quartet featuring fiddle/mandolin, guitar, bass and percussion, along with tight three-part harmonies, that has played venues in New York, festivals and club dates in New England, and four shows at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The group’s musical repertoire features a blend of bluegrass, country, old-time and blues. Inspired by his literary and musical heroes -- Emerson, Whitman, Doc Boggs, Levon Helm, Gordon Lightfoot, Seldom Scene, Neil Young, Doc Watson and Jerry Garcia’s acoustic work -- singer-songwriter Greg Cornell writes stories of struggle and regret ending in hope. He uses nature -- especially the mountains and the sea -- as settings for his tales of yearning and redemption. Accompanying Cornell (guitar and vocals) will be Amanda Homi (harmony vocals and percussion), Chris Nattrass (upright bass) and Zack Bruce (mandolin and harmony vocals). (www.reverbnation.com/cornellbros)

    David Moss is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and a 2011 winner of the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition. Moss hails from Peoria, IL and began his musical journey playing cello and singing in various formats at a very young age. After earning a degree in cello performance from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), he moved to Austin, TX in 2007 and immersed himself in the music scene there for a number of years before relocating to New York. Besides performing as a solo artist and with his twin brother, Adam, he continues his cello career playing and composing with The Blue Hit, Ana Egge, Moishe Circus and Satellite Ballet, among others. Moss’ song “Jerusalem,” penned in 2010, was featured on “Democracy Now” in 2014 – the same year that he released an album entitled Songs for Willoughby. (www.mosssongs.com)

  • Sat, Mar 5th, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    Hosted by: Sonny Ochs

    Performers include: Greg Greenway, Kim and Reggie Harris, Colleen Kattau, Sharon Katz, Pat Wictor.

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  • Sun, Mar 13th, 2016 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, Mar 17th, 2016 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    David Jacobs-Strain is a consummate Finger-style and slide guitarist and a song poet from Oregon who brings an old-school sensibility to a new generation of blues and roots. Although he plays in the blues tradition, David Jacobs-Strain isn’t from it. In his solo performances, you’ll hear echoes of Skip James, Charlie Patton and Tommy Johnson, and, perhaps, a song by Fred McDowell or Robert Johnson. But Jacobs-Strain is a modern roots musician, singer and songwriter. “”I come from the language of the country blues,” he notes, “but it’s important not to silence other influences. David is known for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live shows move from humorous, subversive blues to delicate balladry, and then swing back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties him to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Johnson and Jackson Browne. Says Jacobs-Strain: “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place where, in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake and, maybe, Elliot Smith blur together… I’m fascinated by the way that rural blues inscribes movement and transience. The music that frees a singer keeps them on the run; there’s a crossroads where a thing can be enchanting but dangerous; damaging but beautiful.”

  • Sat, Apr 2nd, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen have been performing together for 25 years – sharing their love of traditional music, along with a bevy of original songs. Their performances are filled with rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Such musical luminaries as Garth Brooks, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, Josh Ritter, Linda Ronstadt and Tammy Wynette have covered Steve’s songs. Yet his own versions – featuring his warm baritone voice and unique fingerpicking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers) – are among the best. Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her ear for harmony. Her latest solo album, Cat Tales, is devoted to “songs of the feline persuasion.” Jack Williams is a southern American troubadour who has earned critical acclaim for his fingerstyle guitar picking, expressive and resonant voice, and prowess as a songwriter and storyteller. A much sought-after artist on the contemporary folk and acoustic music scene, Jack performs an eclectic blend of musical styles. “You can hear both the white and black musical traditions in his writing,” says Phil Shapiro, host of Bound for Glory on Ithaca, NY’s WVBR-FM. “You can hear country; you can hear blues; you can hear jazz. He’s a poet who knows how to write simply. And he’s a remarkable, magical performer with graceful good humor and a hot guitar style.” Citing his artistry as “nothing short of amazing,” Rich Warren, host of the nationally syndicated The Midnight Special, originating from Chicago’s WFMT-FM, hails Jack for his “dazzling picking, expressive voice [and] unique and interesting songs.” And Tom Paxton, whom Jack has accompanied many times, refers to him as “one of my all-time favorite pickers.”

  • Sun, Apr 10th, 2016 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, Apr 21st, 2016 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Kennedys are a cutting-edge hip folk couple who wield plugged-in acoustic guitars. However, local audiences -- like those across the nation and overseas -- have quickly figured out that Pete and Maura Kennedy defy the stereotypical notion of folk. Over the course of more than a dozen CDs and countless touring miles since 1995, the New York City-based husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo has carved out its own niche in the indie music scene – somewhere between pop and acoustic rock, not too loud but brimming with super-sized energy. With “gorgeous boy-girl harmonies and catchy tunes” (Entertainment Weekly), The Kennedys can always be counted on to bring an exuberant mixture of folk, rock, country and pop. Last year, Pete and Maura marked 20 years as both a married couple and musical duo. During that time, they have released 15 albums – including three in 2015. They’ve spent more than two decades as touring musicians – both on their own and as members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra. The Kennedys have graced the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall; and entertained throngs of people at the Falcon Ridge, Newport and Philadelphia Folk Festivals with their own songs and choice covers. “Pete and Maura have performed for the Folk Music Society of Huntington a number of times and always draw an enthusiastic response from our audiences,” said Michael Kornfeld, the organization’s president. “We are delighted to welcome them back.”

  • Sat, May 7th, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    True power inspires awe, and Irish Mythen packs a lot of it – lyrical, musical, and personal – into a relatively small frame. An Irish-born, Canadian-based contemporary folk artist with a powerful voice and a commanding stage presence, she’s been aptly called a force of nature. The 2015 East Coast Music Awards winner for roots album of the year, Irish Mythen has played concert halls and major festival stages the world-over and was a breakout sensation at last summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, where she wowed the crowd as the closing act. She’s shared stages with a number of musical luminaries and was invited to open for Melissa Etheridge on her 2016 Australia tour. A highly emotive and charismatic performer, Irish Mythen pours her heart and soul into her songs. A consummate entertainer, she combines powerhouse vocals with edgy humor and heartfelt storytelling. A native of County Wexford, Irish performs traditional Celtic tunes from her homeland and her own anthemic songs in a unique and thoroughly engaging style, filled with passion, intensity and raw energy. Cheryl Prashker will accompany Irish on percussion. Irish Mythen is an experience not to be missed. Join the globetrotting troubadour as she makes her New York metro area concert debut.

  • Sun, May 15th, 2016 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, May 19th, 2016 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Joan & Joni is a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell performed by singer-songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin. In a musical journey from the 1960s to today, Allison and Kipyn demonstrate the effect Joan and Joni have had on their own musical development as modern musicians. Allison Shapira is a recovering opera singer who recently found her authentic voice as a folksinger and songwriter. Kipyn Martin is an award-winning Americana singer-songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Allison and Kipyn met during the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in November 2013. Both classically trained singers and up-and-coming musicians in the DC-area folk scene, they soon realized their musical influences were similarly shaped by the folk revival music of the 1960s. Soon, Joan & Joni was born. Allison and Kipyn's power comes from their authenticity as performers; they touch people not just through their music but also through their passion and drive to inspire and connect with their audience. They perform a collection of timeless songs by Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell and reveal a few hidden gems from Joan and Joni's long musical catalogs. By weaving Baez and Mitchell's themes together with their own individual messages, Allison and Kipyn place an important part of American history in a modern context. Allison, who teaches public speaking and presentation skills as a way to help others find their voice, held a CD release party for her 2012 debut recording of original songs at Club Passim –- the famed Cambridge, Massachusetts coffeehouse venue where Joan Baez got her start in 1958. Dubbed “a beauty of a singer” by John Gorka, Kipyn was honored by the Washington Area Music Association in 2015 with a WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. She has also received numerous awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and showcased her talents at a joint Southeast-Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2014. For more information and to listen to music and view videos, visit www.joanandjoni.com.

  • Sat, Jun 4th, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Aptly described as "the Renaissance man of American music," David Amram is a composer, a conductor, a soloist, an improvisational lyricist, an author, and a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano and various horns and whistles – as well as dozens of folkloric instruments from around the world. A pioneer in ‘world music’ dating back to before the term even existed, he’s been engaged in and has integrated many genres in his work -- including folk, jazz, classical and chamber music. Amram is considered a pioneer of the French horn in jazz. He has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber works – including “Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie” (commissioned by the Woody Guthrie Foundation) and “Theme and Variations on Red River Valley.” He’s written two operas and numerous theatrical and film scores – notably including those for Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate. He’s worked with such musical luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, Levon Helm, Pete Seeger, Arturo Sandoval, Mary Lou Williams and many more. And he’s a musical luminary in his own right. Why, he’s even been immortalized in a popular children’s song by Raffi – “One for me and one for David Amram.” Many honors have been bestowed on Amram. He’s the subject of a documentary film entitled David Amram: the First 80 Years. He’s been the recipient of a Pete and Toshi Seeger Power of Song Award, several lifetime achievement awards, and six honorary doctorates.

  • Sun, Jun 12th, 2016 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.

  • Sun, Jun 12th, 2016 1:00pm
    at
    Crossroads Folk Festival Set for June 12 in Malverne. Tom Chapin Headlines Second Annual Event Benefiting Farm Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin, whose illustrious career spans five decades, headlines the second annual Crossroads Folk Festival on Sunday, June 12. It will extend from 1-8 p.m. at Crossroads Farm on the grounds of the former Grossmann’s Farm, 480 Hempstead Avenue (intersection of Ocean Avenue), Malverne. The farm is located just one-quarter mile from Southern State Parkway Exit 17-S and also within a few blocks of the Long Island Railroad’s Malverne train station. The family-friendly festival will also feature performances by Long Island-based folk-rock harmony trio Gathering Time, New Jersey-based folk stylists Mara Levine and Mike Agranoff, and LI-based singer-songwriters Mike Barry, Marci Geller and Kirsten Maxwell, as well as a few local showcase artists (Acoustic Apple, Karen Bella, Robin Greenstein and Hank Stone) earlier in the day. In addition, the Folk Music Society of Huntington will host a jam tent for those amateur and professional musicians with a desire to play, sing or just listen, while there are a playground and farm animals to keep youngsters entertained. Tickets – priced at $20 ($10 for students and seniors 60 and over) are available for purchase online at crossroadsfolkfestival.com and will also be available at the gate for an additional $5. More details on the festival, including parking information, also appears on the website. “Prior to last year’s launch of the Crossroads Folk Festival, there hadn’t been a full-fledged folk festival in southwest Nassau since Nassau Community College discontinued its annual event a decade ago,” said Gathering Time’s Stuart Markus, a Malverne resident who has been advising the Nassau Land Trust’s Farm Advisory Committee. “This slate of musicians will appeal to people who aren’t necessarily died-in-the-wool folkies,” he maintained. “Anyone who enjoys acoustic music and appreciates good songwriting will dig these acts.” Nassau Land Trust Chairman Rick White said: “Since we started managing this land as open space, we’ve held a number of special events to spur public interest in our sustainably run organic farm, and to increase awareness of issues facing our environment. We’re expecting this to be the biggest of our summer events.” Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. A number of vendors will have food for sale, while Lithology Brewing Company and other local brewers will pour microbrews. New York State wines and soft drinks will be available for purchase as well.

  • Thu, Jun 16th, 2016 7:00pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    No Open Mic tonight. Please note earlier (7:00 PM) start time. The Folk Music Society of Huntington (FMSH) partners with the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), a regional affiliate of Folk Alliance International, in presenting a NERFA Showcase to close out the current season of its monthly Hard Luck Café series in the Sky Room at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY) on Thursday evening, June 16. The 8 p.m. concert will be preceded by an invitational mic beginning at 7 p.m. Among the talented artists who will each perform a song during the invitational mic are Mark Alan Berube, Jay Hitt, Lisa Jane Lipkin, Kirsten Maxwell, Cheryl Prashker, and others tba. “For this very special show, we have invited five artists who have recently had juried official showcases at annual NERFA conferences to share their talents with our audience,” says Michael Kornfeld, president of FMSH and vice president of the NERFA board of directors. “Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt, Hayley Reardon, Amy Soucy and Jim Trick will participate in two hour-long song swaps that will be preceded by an invitational mic featuring artists from Long Island and the New York metro area who regularly attend the conferences.” Refreshments – including craft beer and wine – will be available. About the Featured Performing Artists Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt: A singer-songwriter with a propensity for penning songs about subjects others haven’t has joined forces with a virtuoso cellist who hails from musical royalty (he’s Linda’s nephew) to form a duo that has been drawing critical acclaim. Aaron Nathans brings his brilliant, off-kilter world-view and warped sense of humor to live shows that are as captivating as his guitar work, voice and catchy melodies. Michael Ronstadt (cello, guitar, mandolin) carries on his family’s eclectic musical tradition with adventurous, mind-bending songs. The duo recently showcased their talents as part of John Platt’s monthly “On Your Radar” series in NYC. (www.aaronnathans.com, www.michaelronstadt.com) Hayley Reardon is a Massachusetts native noted for her thoughtful, vivid songwriting and engaging stage performance. Performer Magazine describes her music as “brilliantly moving folk/pop with a lyrical depth and soul.” In 2012, The Boston Globe Magazine named her a Bostonian of the Year for both her music and her work to pair it with a message of youth empowerment. In a live setting, Reardon’s soulful songs are carefully intertwined between thoughtful stories and soft, clever humor to form a comforting, yet commanding, stage presence. Hayley Reardon is full of heart, and what’s even better is that she has proven her ability to share that heart and make an audience feel her songs and stories just as strongly as she does. (www.hayleyreardon.com) Amy Soucy is a Beacon, NY-based contemporary folk chanteuse who writes evocative songs exploring the kaleidoscope of human experience (dreams, longing, forgiveness and healing) and sings them in a voice that’s been called “powerful,” “comforting,” and “angelic.” Dubbed “enchanting” by singer-songwriter Sloan Wainwright and “just gorgeous” by NJ folk radio DJ Joe Pszonek, Soucy’s 2015 debut album, This River, takes listeners on a soulful journey through a lush landscape of life, love and earth – full of timeless, poetic songwriting, soaring melodies and shimmering harmonies. The CD was among the top Folk albums of 2015 on both the Folk DJ Listserv and the Roots Music Report international radio airplay charts. (www.amysoucymusic.com) Jim Trick is a Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter who combines carefully crafted lyrics with acoustic guitar instrumentation featuring percussive, intricate and ethereal ranges, to create a powerful music experience. He cites Neil Finn, Bruce Cockburn, John Gorka and Charles Bukowski as influences. An engaging and entertaining performer, Trick connects with audiences through his music, words and real life perspective. As a touring member of Banding People Together, Jim travels throughout the U.S. and beyond, using music and behavioral science to help companies create collaborative strategies and improve leadership. He is also a frequent speaker at Boston's Berklee College of Music. (www.jimtrickmusic.com)

  • Sat, Jun 25th, 2016 12:00pm
    at
    The American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor is an annual day-long family-friendly celebration of acoustic music. Set on 90 acres of gardens and Italianate architecture in Katonah, Westchester County, NY – 40 miles northeast of New York City — the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is well known for its summer music festivals. The Folk Music Society of Huntington is delighted to again be a Cultural Partner of the festival and will have a presence there. “Caramoor is a nature paradise and the music takes place in several locations on the grounds so that folks can experience some of the environmental beauty as well,” says Maggi Landau, the festival organizer. She notes that during the daytime artists will be performing acoustic, unplugged sets in the Sunken Garden – “a quiet grove with the audience sitting on the ground literally at the feet of the artist” – as well as on the larger Friends Field. An evening concert featuring John Fulbright and Hurray for the Riff Raff will take place inside the Venetian Theater, for which there is reserved seating. Daytime performers include Sara Watkins, High Plains Jamboree, Man About A Horse, Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole, the Lowest Pair, Spuyten Duyvil, Silver City Bound, Matt Turk and Monica Rizzo, The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) presents Young Folk featuring Lula Wiles, Eric Lee and Eliza Paltauf. And Spuyten Duyvil leads The Social Music Hour. $25 daytime only tickets (excluding the evening performances) and full-festival tickets, priced at $35-$100 (including reserved seating for the evening concert) may be ordered by visiting www.caramoor.org. Attendees are advised to bring their own chairs for the daytime performances. Although limited food and beverages will be available for purchase, folks also can bring their own and enjoy picnicking on Caramoor’s spacious lawns. Visit www.caramoor.org or call 914.232.1252 Visit www.caramoor.org or call 914.232.1252

  • Sat, Jul 30th, 2016 12:00pm
    at Heckscher Park
       Slaid Cleaves will headline the 11th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 30 at Huntington, NY's Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A). Extending from noon until l0:30 p.m., the free festival – co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council – is part of the 51st Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival. Kirsten Maxwell will open for Slaid Cleaves. Prior to the evening concert, AcousticMusicScene.com and The Folk Music Society of Huntington will host unplugged showcases and song swaps featuring more than three-dozen artists near canopy tents from noon until 6 p.m. Artists slated to perform during the afternoon include Jeremy Aaron, Acoustic Apple, Blair Bodine, Addie Brownlee, Rob Carlson & Benefit Street, Greg Cornell and the Cornell Brothers, Dan and Faith, Bryan Gallo, He-Bird, She-Bird, Josh Joffen, Susan Kane, Judy Kass, Colleen Kattau, Rorie Kelly, Terry Kitchen, Ray Lambiase, Rich Lanahan, Eric Lee, Mara Levine, Dennis McDoNoUgh!, Lois Morton, My Dad's Truck, James O'Malley, Steven Pelland, Pluck & Rail, Hank Stone, Aly Tadros, Jessy Tomsko, Carla Ulbrich, Letitia VanSant, and more to be announced.

  • Sun, Sep 18th, 2016 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.

  • Sat, Oct 1st, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    No Fuss And Feathers is the New York-based “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by The YaYas (Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale), Karyn Oliver, and Carolann Solebello. The group -- which released its first CD, Traveling Circus, earlier this year -- opened for Tom Paxton during the 2015 Huntington Folk Festival, while its individual members have all previously performed for FMSH. Onstage, NFF is a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity — with award-winning songwriting always at center stage. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers who have charted at the top of Folk and Americana radio and appeared on stage at some of the nation's most respected festivals and venues. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show. Carolann, Karyn, Catherine, and Jay are four long-time friends who tour independently of each other, but decided it would be fun to play together sometimes. What started out as an occasional songwriters-in-the-round side project quickly evolved into a full-fledged band. Sometimes referred to as a modern folk quartet, No Fuss And Feathers is truly a mix of the styles of the three songwriting entities: pop-infused-literate folk, bluesy-country-tinged acoustic, and Brooklyn-edged-Americana.

  • Sun, Oct 9th, 2016 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, Oct 20th, 2016 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Folk Goddesses is a Long Island-based folk trio comprised of “three snarky middle-aged women on a mission” – singer-songwriters Martha Trachtenberg, Judith Zweiman and Hillary Foxsong.
    A founding member of the Buffalo Gals, Goddess Martha has worked in Nashville, done several TV commercials, and also performs both solo and with her husband Tom Griffith. Goddess Judith was part of the NYC folk scene and recorded numerous times for Fast Folk Musical Magazine (now Smithsonian-Fast Folk). She was also featured in several of the Fast Folk Revues at The Bottom Line. In lieu of having a midlife crisis, Goddess Hillary opted to pick up a guitar for the first time since junior high and embark on a career as a folksinger. Now, as one-third of the popular folk-harmony trio Gathering Time, she is also a respected songwriter and performer in her own right.
    Tom Griffith is an award-winning singer-songwriter, producer and recovering jingle writer currently working the twelve-tone program. Newsday named his CD, 40 Years Later, the best Long Island CD of 2007. Tom has written songs for and with International Blues Challenge Award-winner Toby Walker and has produced tracks for him and a number of notable LI-based artists. A winner of two Clios, a Cannes Silver Lion, and a National Education Fiction Video Award for his tunes that have appeared in commercials and several movies, Tom recently finished creating music and sound design cues for the award-winning computer game Prominence.

  • Sat, Nov 5th, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Jay Ungar & Molly Mason’s performance of Jay's haunting composition Ashokan Farewell — title theme of the acclaimed PBS mini-series The Civil War — earned the couple international acclaim. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell — originally inspired by Jay & Molly's annual fiddle and dance camps — was nominated for an Emmy. Of course Ashokan Farewell is only part of the story. Since joining forces in the late 1970s, Jay and Molly have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. With their inclusive sense of fun and their deep love of the music, they make each concert a musical journey. Their warmth and wit — coupled with consummate musicianship — have delighted audiences worldwide. Listen to the timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and deeply moving original compositions. It's immediately apparent why Jay and Molly concerts warm the heart, feed the soul, and appeal to all ages. No wonder they continue to receive widespread critical praise. They've garnered legions of fans through their appearances on Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public radio specials, and work on film soundtracks such as Brother's Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a host of Ken Burns documentaries. And what of the event that inspired their signature tune? Jay and Molly's Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps — in New York's Catskill Mountains — remain a favorite learning vacation destination for music and dance enthusiasts all across the country. If you love American acoustic music, a Jay Ungar & Molly Mason concert is a must.

  • Sun, Nov 13th, 2016 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, Nov 17th, 2016 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Texan Brian Kalinec and Pennsylvanian Kj Reimensnyder-Wagner met by chance during one of Brian’s shows in East Texas in 2013 when Kj happened to be in nearby Shreveport, Louisiana, where she was conducting a seminar in educational songwriting. Later that year, when she came down to Texas on a trip, they had a chance to play a few songs together. Their impressive combined sound – songs, voices and musicianship –convinced them that they should perform shows as a duo. They began to do so the following year. Swedish reviewer Staffan Soldy of Rootsy calls Brian “a combination of Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, James Taylor, and Rodney Crowell in the stories he tells.” Brian has been recognized in both the U.S. and Europe for both his songwriting and musicianship – winning the Songwriter Serenade in Texas and the Big Top Chautauqua in Wisconsin, placing second in the prestigious Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, and being named a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest. He has performed at venerable festivals and venues in the U.S. and tours regularly in the UK. He and his wife Pam own Berkalin Records, whose roster features many well-respected singer-songwriters. Kj is a full-time touring singer-songwriter. She has performed across the U.S. and the UK as a solo artist and along with other artists (including Dougie MacLean, Ted Vigil and Steve Weisberg) at noted venues and festivals. Kj is also a recognized educator, trainer and multi-instrumentalist, providing keynotes, workshops, assemblies and residencies. She has mentored hundreds of teachers and students through story, song and songwriting. Kj has been awarded several distinguished honors for educational songwriting from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC), and the Visionary Award from Danville’s Child Development Center.

  • Sat, Dec 3rd, 2016 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Rising from the milieu of lovelorn singer-songwriters, JOHN GORKA illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay, twisting, turning and tying words and phrases in the way a balloon artist creates complex creatures from simple balloons. Few contemporary songwriters coax language as deftly as Gorka.
    For over two decades, Gorka’s keen ear has picked up the stories of those along his path, folding them into poetry and song. His keen perceptiveness inspires people from all over the world to share their stories. By involving those tales in his music, he escapes the trap of introspection that hobbles less gifted singer-songwriters.
    John Gorka flies below the pop culture radar with an almost cult-like following that never fails to fill concerts. Speak with any of his fans and one instantly feels their enthusiasm and genuine affection. His shy, almost self-effacing stage presence rightfully focuses attention on the songs. His versatility on guitar and piano keeps his sets musically interesting, while his rich baritone effortlessly executes his bidding. And he’s never short of the sly comment or clever joke that invariably ignites his audience.
    With his uncanny ability to work every nuance of language, capturing a wide array of topics and experiences woven into memorable melodies, John Gorka’s career continues to prosper and to garner ever-increasing attention.

    “One can get goosebumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone, and his twisted humor” New York Times.

  • Sun, Dec 11th, 2016 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, Dec 15th, 2016 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Steven Pelland, a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, began his musical journey at the early age of seven, learning accordion and organ. His father, a professional guitarist and vocalist, inspired him to study electric bass and voice during his teens. At 19, Steven graduated from the Modern School of Music and began freelancing as a bassist on Boston’s jazz scene. During the past several decades, Steven has written hundreds of songs – 12 of which appear on his recent CD, These Days. A finger-style guitarist and vocalist, he cites Jackson Browne, Dougie MacLean, James Taylor and Johannes Sebastian Bach among his influences. A touring artist, Steven showcased his talents during last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival and at regional conferences of Folk Alliance International. (stevenpellandmusic.com) Aly Tadros, a native of Laredo, Texas, who now calls Brooklyn home, is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, ukulele and vilhuela). Her music fuses folk, pop, Mexican and Middle Eastern influences. “It’s not your mama’s folk music,” Aly admits. Take the cool tone of Norah Jones, the guttural growl of Fiona Apple, and the unorthodox guitar work of Ani DiFranco – and you’ve got this half-Egyptian/half Texan songwriter who has performed more than 700 shows worldwide since her 2009 debut. A finalist in the prestigious 2016 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters, Aly also showcased her talents during this year’s Huntington Folk Festival. “Her guitar writhes the floor of the mind, haunted by the honesty of her lyrics” (USA Today). She released her latest CD, Hungry Ghost, in November. (alytadros.com)

  • Sat, Jan 7th, 2017 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    — The Boxcar Lilies—

    CANCELLED 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.

  • Sun, Jan 8th, 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...

  • Thu, Jan 19th, 2017 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Guthrie Brothers will perform the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, along with a few of their own, during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre. With their tight vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, brothers Jeb and Jock Guthrie emulate the signature sound of the iconic folk-rock duo. Stories and trivia will be interspersed with songs during a concert that is bound to have audience members smiling and singing along to such Simon & Garfunkel favorites as “Homeward Bound,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “Scarborough Fair.”

  • Sat, Feb 4th, 2017 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

    — Cliff Eberhardt —

    Cliff Eberhardt has been a fixture on the acoustic singer-songwriter scene for several decades. Part of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine community of artists in New York City during the 1980s, he recorded for Windham Hill in the 1990s and later for Shanachie and Red House Records. He also was heard on popular commercial jingles for Coke and Chevrolet. Hailed as “One of the most talented musicians on the solo acoustic circuit” (Seattle Post Intelligencer), Eberhardt also has had his songs covered by such notable artists as Shawn Colvin, Cry Cry Cry, the late Richie Havens (with whom he performed and sang the title cut on his Windham Hill debut, The Long Road), and Buffy Sainte Marie. In 2013, he received a Helen Hayes Award for sound design in recognition of his original music and performance the previous year in The Taming of the Shrew at Washington, DC’s Folger Theater. He’s also recorded an album entitled Shrew Songs.

    — Louise Mosrie —

    Louise Mosrie is an expressive and soulful southern folk-Americana singer-songwriter whose thoughtful, refined compositions are highlighted by her warm, crystalline voice. Although not too keen about the slow, sleepy ways of doing things in the small rural town in which she grew up, the melodies and imagery that emerged in her writing comes straight from the culture she once dismissed. Rich Warren of Chicago’s WFMT-FM describes Mosrie as “William Faulkner with a guitar.” Louise has been a winner in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition and a “Falcon Ridge Most Wanted to Return” artist. Her latest release, 2014’s Lay It Down, was arranged and produced by Eberhardt.

  • Sun, Feb 5th, 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...

  • Thu, Feb 16th, 2017 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room

    — Jon Shain —

    Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter and guitarist who's been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style -- combining improvised Piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. His newest disc, a duet album with Joe Newberry entitled Crow the Dawn, was released in January 2016. Shain grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts and resides in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to recording and performing, Shain – whose work touches on the trials and tribulations of regular people, as well as themes of social justice – teaches Piedmont blues guitar and leads songwriting workshops. (jonshain.com)

    — Jessy Tomsko —

    Jessy Tomsko is a NYC-based singer-songwriter who originally hails from Philadelphia. Known for her catchy yet genuine and confessional style, Tomsko is a versatile vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and composer. Although writing and performing primarily in the ever-expanding “folk” genre, she first began experimenting with songwriting while attending a conservatory and earning a music degree in classical voice performance. Her roots in classical music and musical theater provided Tomsko with a solid musical foundation and inspired her along the way to finding her own voice. Tomsko has independently released several EPs and albums and is working on a new one, Wild and Good. (jessytomskomsusic.com)

  • Sat, Mar 4th, 2017 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Joe Crookston an Ohio native now residing in Ithaca, NY, has been developing a reputation as an energetic, charismatic and thoroughly engaging live performer. He was among the artists voted "Most Wanted to Return" during the 2007 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate New York and wowed attendees in 2008 with a mix of his own lyrically compelling, narrative-style songs and choice covers (including a solo acoustic version of Supertramp's "The Logical Song") -- much as he did during the Falcon Ridge Preview Tour''s concert in Centerport earlier that year. A serious craftsman, Crookston has heeded his father's advice to work with his hands (and heart) in metal and wood. His latest album, Darkling and The BlueBird Jubilee has received critical acclaim. His previous release, Able Baker Charlie & Dog, a collection of songs inspired by stories ordinary New Yorkers from the Finger Lakes region related to him during his year-long travels under a songwriting grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, reached the top of the folk/acoustic radio charts and was recognized as Album of the Year during the 2009 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN. His prior release, Fall Down As The Rain, was a Performing Songwriter Magazine Top 12 DIY independent recording. Joe Crookston also has been a finalist in several prestigious national songwriting contests. Come and enjoy Joe as he stands on stage holding his Martin OM 28, stompin his foot, singing songs about ruby red dresses, drunk roosters, ex-slaves, window washers, Polish Immigrants, Tinian Island, rutabagas and the cycles of life & death -- songs about the thread that runs through us all. For more information on Joe, click here to visit his website.

  • Sun, Mar 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...

  • Thu, Mar 16th, 2017 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    Cosy Sheridan first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she was named a winner in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters at the Kerrville Folk Festival in the Texas Hill Country and Telluride Troubadour as winner of the performing songwriter contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado. She has been on the road ever since -- playing clubs, concert halls and coffeehouses throughout the country. A Cosy Sheridan concert is a wide-ranging exploration: love songs for adults - and practical philosophy for a complicated world. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. She has re-written Greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women. Her songs are carefully crafted - and often shorter than the average folk song. “Cosy writes intelligent and clever lyrics with stickable melodies,” wrote Sing Out Magazine. She plays a percussive bluesy guitar style - often in open tunings and occasionally with two or more capos on the guitar. Sheridan has released 10 CDs, written a one-woman-show, and her music has appeared in books and film. She has taught songwriting, guitar and performance workshops at music camps for the past 15 years -- including The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in Washington and The Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina -- and is the director of The Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.

  • 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.

  • Sun, Apr 9th, 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...

  • Thu, Apr 20th, 2017 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    A pair of Philadelphia-based trios -- one all female, the other all male – share the bill

    — Ladybird —

    Ladybird is a multi-instrumental, harmony-based folk/bluegrass trio hatched on a front porch – with whiskey under one wing and a banjo under another. Drawing on a wide array of influences spanning from the traditional American songbook to Swedish folk and jazz, these ladies (Cecilia Ferneborg, Laura Kay and Sarah Larsen) take to the stage with fiddle, dobro, banjo, guitar, and mandolin -- blending their powerful original songs with fresh takes on old folk and bluegrass favorites. (www.heythereladybird.com)

    — The End of America —

    The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with a rock and Americana style that’s sure to resonate with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes. Prior to launching the trio, Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard all fronted other bands. Although their vocal chemistry also can be heard on their self-entitled debut CD and previously released EPs, the raw honesty of their performances is something to experience live. (www.theendofamericamusic.com)