May 5, 2012




Commemorating Phil's life and music and highlighting new talents making music in the spirit that Phil made his music

Phil Ochs was an American troubadour who passionately believed that he and his music could help change the world. Many of his songs became anthems for the anti-war movement during the turbulent 1960s, and his music continues to influence and inspire songwriters today – more than 35 years after his death. Among his best known songs are "Changes", "I Ain’t Marching Anymore", "Small Circle of Friends", "There But For Fortune" and "When I'm Gone".

The Folk Music Society of Huntington was pleased to join with the Cinema Arts Centre last year in co-presenting two screenings of the documentary SONNY OCHS"Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune", during which Sonny Ochs, Phil’s sister, shared some thoughts on her brother and on the film.

Since 1983, Sonny has been producing Phil Ochs Song Nights, featuring talented artists who perform both Phil’s songs and their own to show that the art of topical songwriting is still alive and well. FMSH presented one of these song nights four years ago and is delighted to welcome Sonny Ochs back to host another one.

For this nights performance, we proudly present four great performing artists commemorating Phil's life by performing his songs and their own: Brother Sun, Emma’s Revolution, John Flynn and Magpie.

Bios of Phil Ochs Song Night Performers

BROTHER SUN is Pat Wictor, Greg Greenway, and Joe Jencks, veteran troubadours who have formed a dynamic new male trio. Their harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Calling upon contemporary songwriting, and informed by the deep roots of gospel, blues, and folk, the trio weaves a tapestry of harmony that is brilliantly fresh and yet familiar.

Nationally touring folk artists from three major points on the map – Boston, New York, and Chicago – Pat, Greg, and Joe celebrate the amazing power of singing together. Their combined musical skills should make for an unforgettable evening - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, and piano.

Pat Humphries & Sandy Opatow
    — powerful, passionate songs about the lives of real people

Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow are award-winning, activist songwriters whose songs "Keep on Moving Forward" and "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" have defined peace and justice events worldwide. #1 on Amazon.com after a May 2002 feature on NPR's "All Things Considered," ROOTs Magazine called Pat's CD, Hands, "an acoustic, insightful delight in the tradition of Seeger and Guthrie."

If I Give Your Name, by Sandy Opatow and Pat Humphries is the Grand Prize Winner in the Folk Category of the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest . The song sheds light on the silent suffering of family members of undocumented workers lost on 9/11 in the World Trade Center and was one of 12 grand prize winners out of 24,000 entries. Hear "If I Give Your Name" at www.pathumpries.com and find out more about the situation of undocumented workers at www.tepeyac.org/.

Smart, funny, informative -- like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. emma’s revolution is known to motivate and inspire, bring people to tears and back to laughter. Their music has been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near. Touring over 200 days a year, emma’s revolution has performed at thousands of events around the world using the power of music to promote peace and justice, womens, LGBT, human rights, labor, and environmental issues.

MAGPIE consists of Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino, a husband-and-wife duo from Tacoma Park, Maryland. Originally from northeast Ohio, they met while attending Kent State University in 1973. Their repertoire of largely topical songs encompasses traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, blues, country and ragtime styles, and includes many original compositions. Magpie has a high-energy sound, characterized by tight harmonies and expert work on guitar, concertina, harmonica, mandolin and fretted dulcimer. They have released several cds including Spoken In Love, a collaboration with Kim and Reggie Harris.

JOHN FLYNN — Kris Kristofferson praises John Flynn's songwriting: "The truth is in the details; the gifts are an ear for accurate dialogue, an eye for powerful imagery and anything funny, and a heart open to surprises and the possibilities of moving the emotions." As a young father Flynn left a Nashville staff writing gig and began writing songs for his kids and for his life. These songs yielded CDs that are informed by the trademark humanity and humor that Flynn sees as the essential tools for parenthood and living. Recently the 51 year-old Delaware resident has turned his attention, and his songwriting, to the world his four children will one day inherit.

Sonny Ochs has been presenting Phil Ochs Song Nights since 1983, bringing Phil's stirring music to audiences across our nation. We've presented the program that Sonny Ochs has put together before, and know that this will be an unforgettable and very special evening.


  Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:

  • Louise Luger
  • Bobby S
  • J. Michael Doherty
  • Leslie Berman
  • Richard Cashman & Lynne Bowden
  • Claude Margouleff
  • Caroline Cutroneo with Mara Levine
  • Mark Virgilio
  • Heather Wood
  • Angie Marie & Anthony
  • Josh Joffen
  • James O'Malley
  • ... and Mara Levine with Caroline Cutroneo & Joe Jencks

    If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of this century ...