FMSH Co-Sponsors Picnic & Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Hundreds of folk, roots and bluegrass music fans from throughout the New York metropolitan area are expected to converge on Germonds Park in West Nyack, NY on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 27, for the eighth annual, picnic, concert and jam presented by the Borderline Folk Music Club and the Town of Clarkston. The Folk Music Society of Huntington is pleased to again co-sponsor the picnic, along with AcousticMusicScene.com, The Folk Music Society of New York (aka Pinewoods Folk Music Club), and Tribes Hill.

The free event, extending from noon to 6 p.m., at the park located at 185 Germonds Road, will feature a musical tribute to Leonard Cohen, the influential and much-revered singer, songwriter and poet who died last November at age 82.

Main stage performers (in order of appearance) include The Whispering Tree, Acoustic Apple, The Palisades, Loretta Hagen, Peter Calo, Ron Renninger, Josh Joffen, Terry Kitchen, Mara Levine, Jerry Korobow, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, Judy Kass, Kate Copeland, Jeremy Aaron, Pat Harpe, Tom Cardullo, John Guth, and Leo Harmonay. Each artist will perform a mix of songs by Cohen and their own selections, while many are expected to join in singing Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah” during the finale.

AcousticMusicScene.com’s Michael Kornfeld, who also serves as president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), joins Joltin’ Joe Pszonek, host of the Internet radio shows “Radio Nowhere” and “Finnigan’s Wake” (streaming online at www.radionowhere903.com), and Perry Stein of Ethical Brew Coffee House in Teaneck, NJ in emceeing the event.
Aside from the pre-selected artists, there will be opportunities for people of all skill levels to participate in a jam and song circle led by Jerry Korobow and FMSH Board Member Gary Schoenberger -– so folks are encouraged to bring their instruments.
The event is open to the entire community. Attendees are advised bring their own picnic lunch, lawn chairs and/or blankets. There also are shade trees and picnic tables in the park. Alcohol and pets are not permitted. Ample free parking is available in two lots.

The Borderline Folk Music Club, a nonprofit organization that bills itself as the home of folk and roots music in Rockland County, has previously paid tribute to Tom Paxton, Si Kahn, Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, and Music of the Sixties during its annual picnics.

Additional information, including driving directions, is available online at www.borderlinefolkmusicclub.org.

Location: Germonds Park