Every year, all-star members of the FMSH contribute their varied and impressive talents to produce a very special concert.
This year we had a wide variety of our gifted member local artists who showed us their talents. The outstanding group of star artists for this year's concert were (listed in appearance order):
This virtuouso guitarist does songs that range from bluesy to folky to jazzy. He was a finalist in the 2009 Guitar Player Magazine's International Competition. Dave writes "I have been playing professionally since I was 16, and now, at 62, I am still gigging, recording, and creating, and enjoying it more than ever before." Visit Dave online: DaveAnthonyMusic.com
turtlehead: turtl-hd, noun.
Any of several perennial North American herbs of the genus Chelone, especially C. glabra, having a white or pink bilabiate corolla with a bearded lower lip. Also called snakehead.
Turtlehead: noun. singer/songwriter/artist
Visit Jill Decker online at: Turtlehead
Singer/songwriter and versatile multi-instrumentalist Tom Ryan has been active on the Long Island music scene for over 20 years, and counts as his musical influences Elton John, Billy Joel, and his guitar teacher, Toby Walker. Visit Tom at MySpace.com/TomRyanCompany
A songwriter whose music reflects his life experiences in the Adirondacks and the Great Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee, John Taylor has noted, “As I take you down my road, maybe you’ll think of your road too; you might be surprised at what you come up with.”
Martha Trachtenberg was a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-woman bluegrass band. Tom Griffith has worked with artists such as Marc Cohn, Ry Cooder, Fats Domino, and Dave Edmunds, and won several Clio and Cannes Silver Lion awards. Tom's solo album, 40 Years Later, was chosen as Newsday's #1 Local CD of 2007. Together they draw on folk, pop, rock, blues and bluegrass influences to create their original music with tight vocal harmonies and a tasty array of acoustic instruments. Online visit Tom at: www.40yearslater.com and Martha at: www.returntothedream.com
Bill has a warm, rich baritone voice with amazing range and a pure sound. His repertoire includes spirituals, blues, contemporary songs, gospel and Celtic songs, – some done a capella. He plays several guitars, changing over the years, – each richly complementing his voice Visit Bill online at: BillLauter.com
A fresh young singer/songwriter whose influences range from Judy Collins and Nanci Griffith to Amy Grant and Christine Lavin, Emma Rucci is quickly making a name for herself on the Long Island open mic and coffeehouse circuit. Visit Emma online at: MySpace.com/justemma
Claude's traditional and contemporary songs are interwoven with intricate guitar instrumentals
Judy Merrick was born in Haifa, Israel and has been playing the guitar and performing since the age of 13. After moving to Huntington Bay 14 years ago, she has performed throughout the New York metropolitan area. Judy has been the cantor of Temple Beth Shalom since 2006. Visit Judy online at: CantorJudyMerrick.com
Long Island folk/rock band Grand Folk Railroad is comprised of multi-instrumentalist Mike Christian, vocalist Susan Cohen on guitar and flute, Frank Doris on lead guitar and bass, and percussionist Bill Resvanis, who have been playing a mixture of original tunes and artfully-arranged covers at gigs all over Long Island. Visit GFR online: www.grandfolkrailroad.com