Pete Seeger Centennial Concert Featuring performances by Miles & Mafale, Carolann Solebello, James O’Malley and Mountain Maidens

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Pete Seeger, the inspirational American folksinger, political activist, environmentalist and humanitarian – whose songs helped provide a musical backdrop for many of the historical movements of the 1960s through the early 2000s – would have turned 100 on May 3. Although he left us in January 2014 at the age of 94, his spirit and his songs – both those he wrote and those he helped to popularize – live on.

As Bruce Springsteen once said, Pete Seeger lived a life that is“ a testament to the power of song and culture to nudge history along.” He was the essence of humanity, a man who dedicated much of his life to seeking to help others, to lift us up through song and his indomitable spirit, to bettering the human condition and that of our country and our planet.

Pete Seeger may be gone now, but we at the Folk Music Society of Huntington hope that his legacy, his songs and his challenge to us to employ the power of song to help change the world will live on for generations to come.

To mark the centennial of his birth, we have invited some talented Long Island -based artists to perform some of Pete’s songs, along with a few of their own. In the spirit of Pete, audience members who know the lyrics will be invited to join in. Singing along is part of the folk tradition.

Featured Artists include:

Miles & Mafale (formerly The YaYas) are three-time finalists in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition, were audience-voted “Most Wanted” artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and have had official juried showcases at several music conferences hosted by regional affiliates of Folk Alliance International. Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale have spent much of the last few years concentrating on the collaborative project No Fuss and Feathers and touring in support of Traveling Circus (#22 Top Album of 2016 on the international Folk DJ chart). These days, the LI-based husband and wife team find themselves turning their unaffected style toward more socio-political themes. The release of their next duo album is set for later this year.

Carolann Solebello is a NYC-born and bred performing songwriter whose smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style surely nod to rural folk traditions, yet with a decidedly urban sense of rhythm and sophisticated vocal phrasing that bend those traditional forms into more contemporary shapes. A founding member of the popular Americana trio Red Molly, with whom she was associated for six years, she now tours as both a solo artist and with the modern folk quartet No Fuss and Feathers. Carolann continues to earn accolades performing her New York-inflected brand of original and traditional Americana as a solo artist. She will play the Main Stage at this summer’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, having been voted among the “Most Wanted Return” artists following the festival’s Emerging Artists Showcase last year. Carolann released her fifth solo album, Shiver, in February 2018.

James O’Malley has been a mainstay on the Long Island folk scene for many years. He writes knowingly of life’s foibles, triumphs and defeats, and delivers his songs in a gentle, subtle, whispering tenor that draws his listeners in. A two-time finalist in the Plowshares Songwriting Contest, James writes songs that take the listener on an emotional journey — exploring family, relationships, human nature and the contemplation of life’s choices. Music critics have hailed him for his warm melodies, storytelling abilities and his way of charming audiences. His songs are universal, often written with a subtle humor. He has released several CDs.

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 harmonious mix of ballads, folk songs, country and gospel numbers, love songs, and songs of social justice throughout the local area. Individually, the group’s members are all accomplished musicians in their own right. Candice (Candy) plays the dulcimer; sings traditional, classical and gospel music; and is also a member of the a capella trio Wild Ginger. Lorraine plays the guitar and flamenco castanets and sings alto with the Huntington Choral Society. Marie is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, dumbec, bones and spoons, to name a few), who sings both British and American folk songs as well as Jewish music. Last spring, Mountain Maidens released a two-CD set entitled We’ll Walk The Road Together.

Location: The Congregational Church of Huntington

First Saturday Concerts are held at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport (at the Eastern border of Huntington, off Route 25A).

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