The fifth annual
Huntington Folk Festival
August 7, 2010
— starting at 1 p.m. — FREE — open to all —
Our fifth annual SUMMER Festival, the Huntington Folk Festival in Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY
Performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage
1:00pm to 6:30pm
1:20 Cathy Kreger
1:40 Stuart Markus
2:00 Anthony John Clarke
2:20 Susan Kane
2:40 Annie Dinerman
3:00 Mark Allen Berube
3:20 Carolann Solebello
3:40 Spuyten Duyvil
4:00 The YaYas
4:20 Angelo M
4:40 David Goldman
5:00 Joe Iadanza
5:20 Robin Greenstein
5:40 Greg Klyma
6:00 My Dad’s Truck
6:30 pm Break
8:30pm — Featured co-billed performers:
PHOTO by JAKE JACOBSON
see performer bios below
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Stretch out on your blanket on the lawn
or bring your own camp chairs for seating behind the white line
and the Huntington Arts Council as part of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival.
The Huntington Folk Festival is produced by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council as part of the 45th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival which is presented by the Town of Huntington and produced by the Huntington Arts Council www.huntingtonarts.org and sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs.
a sassy wit ... outspoken songs
S.usan Werner is an artist that defies being pidgeon-holed into a single music category. She writes, plays, and arranges songs and music that range from traditional folk to contemporary folk-rock to anthems to American songbook to the Classics.
Susan's new release Classics leverages ALL of her many talents, and adds "arranger" to her long list of musical accomplishments. It features:
Ever eclectic and controversial, in 2007 she released her "agnostic gospel" album The Gospel Truth, 11 new original modern day Gospel compositions, some irreverent and controversial. The songs from this socially conscious, contemporary gospel album balance the faithful and the agnostic in one collection of originals, both heartfelt and incisive, biting yet optimistic, that draw from Werner’s own personal spiritual questions to engage the Christian community at large. Addressing those universal doubts that even fundamentalists surely have but wish to God they could verbalize, Werner seeks common ground with her traditional religious counterparts in finding solutions to the issues that divide America. The infectious joy of gospel music with lyrics anybody - or, almost anybody - can agree with - and sing along to ...
We can expect Susan to feature a wider range of her songs, some new, some older all mesmerizing. Susan is renowned for her stirring "alternative national anthem" My Strange Nation that reflected on the results of the 2004 election, a battle hymn with added lyrics that encompass both the poetry and hypocrisy innate to the United States.
S.usan Werner maintains an active touring career throughout the U.S. and has received a string of accolades from the likes of The Washington Post, The Village Voice and The New Yorker. She has become one of the defining artists of the folk music genre. Her songs effortlessly slide between folk, jazz and pop, and are delivered with a sassy wit and classic midwestern charm on piano or acoustic guitar.
Farm girl Susan Werner was raised in rural Iowa but began her professional music career in Philadelphia, after studying classical voice at Temple University. Inspired by a Nanci Griffith concert, Werner left behind her opera training and began performing as a singer-songwriter at coffeehouses throughout the northeast. She self-released her first album Midwestern Saturday Night in 1992 and then went on to put out Live at Tin Angel the following year. In 1995 came her breakout album Last of the Good Straight Girls. Werner next recorded two albums even better than her previous work, adding some country and soul sounds to her signature vocal stylings, Time Between Trains, and in 2001 New Non-Fiction.
Always ready to reinvent herself, in 2004 Susan Werner released her album of her American Songbook gems I Can't Be New. For years she had incorporated cabaret-style numbers in her live performances, exchanging her guitar for the piano, and she'd been asked by her audience to put all those songs in one recording. Fans and critics alike sang her praises: the All Music Guide calling it "a brilliantly constructed, soulful, and cleverly tender effort by a songwriter and musician who is in such complete command of her gifts that it's almost scary."
Her sassy wit combined with her classic midwestern charm and her outspoken song lyrics make Susan's shows as exciting as folk was in the classic folk era of the 60's and 70's. ... We're very pleased to present Susan for a rousing evening!
A few years ago Susan Werner graced our FMSH stage with a thrilling concert, and we described it then as:
"The air was electric tonight in anticipation of Susan Werner's concert ... and she supercharged our audience with a mix of dynamic keyboard ballads and gospel variations, and guitar based solos on love and life. Her clever repartee on Chicago etal kept us in stitches. This was an evening that will not be forgotten."
Praises by others for her performances:
We will always need each other...
Vance will enthrall you with his moving lyrics and his strong tenor that can morph into a falsetto when needed ... and bring you to histerical laughter with his stand-up riffs on contemporary moires and his beloved poodle Louise and her 3 a.m. ball tricks.
Vance burst onto the Boston singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's with a buzz about an ex-multicultural arts teacher and jazz singer who was knocking 'em dead at open mikes. Shawn Colvin invited Vance Gilbert to be special guest on her Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across the country by storm, with the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god. With the warmth and charm of his buttery tenor, he thrills us with his literate, heartfelt, rippling, emotionally resonant songs.
Whether playing for thousands at Summer folk festivals or in intimate surroundings at house concerts, Vance builds a warm relationship with his audience, maintaining a clever sassy dialogue and eliciting smiles and guffaws all around. His repetoire includes standard chestnuts, but shines with his own compositions that span a range with deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and unbridled joy. And there's Gilbert's wizardry on acoustic guitar he pounds, claws, scratches, caresses, and the resulting sounds frame his voice in some natural, elemental way that couldn't result from simple chords or even complex finger-picking.
His most recent CD release, Up On Rockfield, like his previous CD Angels, Castles, Covers, brings a heaping handful of new tunes, that fit a clever concept. The concept goes like this: all the tunes are written by him but sound like they were penned by someone else. Brazen, maybe, but a fun and inspiring way to get new material to happen. Tonight he might share with us ones that could have been written by Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and even a hilarious one in the style and voice of Tom Waits.
An earlier CD, Unfamiliar Moon was recognized as one of Vance Gilbert's most mature and realized recordings. It is jam-packed with songs that fall into "that" category of songwriting the zenith for any writer songs that elicit the response "You wrote that?". Consider Ten Thousand Skies, the opening cut, with it’s "Roy Orbison looking for Sam Cooke" feel. Follow that with the gentle heartaching in You Can Go Now, the hurt and hope of the medium rocker Leaving Avon, and the soulwrenching title cut, Unfamiliar Moon, Gilbert’s most requested song. Unforgivable is a jazz vocal tour-de-force that still maintains it acoustic roots with a great surprise soloist. There’s a lot of hope and redemption on this album too, in songs like the solo Your Brighter Day and the rollicking fun of the unedited I’ve Got A Plane. To round out this partial list, Gilbert closed with a haunting revisitation of his acoustic standard Alone Down Here. A perfect mix of lyrical eloquence and musical accessibility, this is less a recording and more like great performances captured on disc.
Praises by others for his performances:
Link to his songs on Vance's MySpace page
or go to his web site:
Additional bio from Richard Skelly, All Music Guide:
Shannon and Natalie Carolann Solibello
Robert Bruey Angelo M
Stuart Markus Susan Kane
Anthony John Clarke
Joe Iadanza Allison Tartalia
Rebecca Pronsky Adam Levy