Featured Performance – Falcon Ridge Most Wanted Tour
Series: Huntington Folk Festival
About the Event
In its 24th year, New York’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is one of the most prestigious folk festivals in the country. Every summer, an emerging artist showcase presents 24 acts to the thousands in attendance, who vote back their 3-4 favorites to return to the main stage the following year. This showcase helped launch the careers of Martin Sexton, The Nields, Peter Mulvey, Ellis Paul, Erin McKeown, Lori McKenna and Red Molly, along with this year’s crop of winners, playing together on tour before their festival performances July 26-29, 2012 in Hillsdale, NY.
This event is free and open to all ages.
Hailed as a “songbird with heart”, Blair Bodine brings a compelling mix of lyrical mastery and soul-stirring melodies to her music. Accompanied by rich acoustic guitar, Blair’s songs uplift and unravel before you with themes of love, loss, humanity and spirituality. This young songwriter recently returned to her hometown of Philadelphia to record her first full-length CD. “Philly has always been a city that represents song and heart. The past year for me has been all about waking the dream and bringing it home.”
Blair attended Columbia University. There, she majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures and wrote her thesis on Chinese Ethnomusicology. “Yes,” she says, “nerd alert.” She now resides in Nashville, TN and manages education and community engagement programs for the Nashville Symphony.
Blair is also involved in global human rights issues. She recently received her masters in Non-Profit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania. Back in 2000, when Blair was still a teenager, she launched a multimedia campaign called Beyond All Borders to raise awareness about the use of child soldiers. She has performed at the United Nations, as well as in Ghana and Switzerland.
You can read more about Blair at BlairBodine.com
Pesky J. Nixon
A bombastic and brilliant force in the New England folk scene, they call themselves Pesky J. Nixon, and exude a genuine musical authenticity and mirth. Drawing influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England’s localized folk scenes, Pesky J. Nixon boast compelling harmonies and narratives to instrumentation ranging from zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, etc. Cheryl Praskher, President of NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance says PJN has “an amazing sound that is infectious and puts a smile on people’s faces.” The band also runs the unofficial Thursday night Lounge Stage at Falcon Ridge, which continues to grow in popularity.
Watch them perform on youtube.
The Tour recently played in Maryland, and ilyAIMY were very happy to host their fellow Falcon Ridge winners in the town where Rob Hinkal runs the wildly successful Takoma Park Open Mic. He and co-front Heather Aubrey Lloyd celebrated their decade-and-counting musical partnership with a year of honors national (NERFA, NACA) and local (WAMMIES, Mid-Atlantic Song Contest), engaging audiences with humor, award-winning narratives, Heather’s incredible voice and Rob’s percussive acoustic guitar. Called “a welcome jolt in folk” and “an acoustically roiling, combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare,” they have supported Dar Williams, Ellis Paul and count luminaries like Pat Wictor (of folk supergroup Brother Sun) among fans: “ilyAIMY ain’t your grandpa’s folk music – and thank goodness. They are fearless writers and performers.”
ilyAIMY is code name for “i love you And I MISS YOU”, and you can read more about them at www.ilyaimy.com.
Louise Mosrie was among the annual half-dozen winners of the 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting Contest. A finalist in the (folk oriented) Song Contest on the Singer-Songwriter Stage at this year’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, Louise scored one of the award winning top four places.
Louise Mosrie’s British parents emigrated to the U.S. in the 1960’s for work, finally settling on a farm on fifty acres in middle Tennessee. Born in Delaware and moving to the South as a child, she had trouble reconciling the two cultures around her – shunning all things Southern – disliking the accent, the food and the slow sleepy ways of doing things in her small rural town. Louise began writing pop/folk songs in her early 20’s while living in Knoxville after college, producing two independent albums before moving to Nashville in 2004 to work on her song-craft. There, she made friends and contacts in the Americana and bluegrass side of Nashville, playing rounds and writing with artists like Donna Ulisse & Rick Stanley, Diana Jones and producer Ray Kennedy. Ironically, the melodies and imagery that emerged most strongly in her writing after 2004 came straight from the southern culture she once dismissed. Influenced by artists such as Nanci Griffith, Allison Kraus and Lucinda Williams, her songs tell stories of joy, love, struggle and heartbreak through the vivid characters and scenery of southern life.
Rich Warren of Chicago’s WFMT-FM, describes Mosrie as “William Faulkner with a guitar.” You can read more about Louise at LouiseMosrie.com
Location: Heckscher Park - Chapin Rainbow Stage
For parking nearest to Heckscher Park:
The Heckscher Museum is on the park grounds, and a small lot adjacent to it is reserved for Handicapped parking. Parking is permitted along the neighboring streets; do not block driveways. Immediately north of the park is a nose-in parking “lot” along Madison St., adjacent to the park. The Huntington Town Hall is across Rte. 25A from the park on the south side. There is a large parking lot behind Town Hall.
Additional Parking around Huntington
There are 3 Municipal Parking Lots in the Village of Huntington. The lot closest to Heckscher Park is located south of Rte 25A (Main St.) and is entered a half block east of the intersection of 25A and New York Ave. (Rte 110). It can also be entered on Elm Street. A second large lot is south of Main St. between Green and New Streets. It is entered by turning south off Rte 25A (Main St.) onto New St.; – the lot is on the right. The third large lot is located north of Main St. on Gerard St. (also named Lt. General Frank Libuti Way) It can be accessed from Gerard St. or by turning north off Rte 25A (Main St.) onto Clinton Ave., — after the corner buildings there are lot entries to the left and the right. Also note that meters on the village streets are in effect weekdays until 7 pm only, and that bank lots that are not chained off are available for parking when the bank is closed at night.