The seventh annual
Huntington Folk Festival
July 22, 2012
— starting at noon — FREE — open to all —

Our seventh annual SUMMER Festival, the Huntington Folk Festival in Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY

Performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage
Featured performers:


Blair Bodine

Pesky J. Nixon


Louise Mosrie


NOON to 6 p.m.

Two tent-stage showcases, with unplugged song swaps and solo showcases featuring local and regional area artists, hosted by:

  • AcousticMusicScene.com     &
  • Richard Cuccaro of AcousticLive! in NYC & Beyond

  • AREA 1:
    Unplugged song swaps and solo showcases featuring local, regional and national touring artists — hosted by AcousticMusicScene.com

    12:00   Peter Kanelous, Annie Mark
    12:30   Josh Joffen, Mara Levine, Stuart Markus
    1:00     Robert Bruey, Hank Stone, Scott Urgola
    1:30   A Pair of Duos:
    Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli, Mark Newman & Naomi Margolin
    2:00   All Keyed Up:
    Arlan Feiles, Marci Geller, Elaine Romanelli
    2:30   Funny Folk:
    Mark Allen Berube, Drew Jacobs, Lois Morton
    3:00     Eleanor Dubinsky & Pete Donovan,
     Joe Iadanza, Karyn Oliver
    3:30     Loretta Hagen Trio, Susan Kane, Claudia Nygaard
    4:00     Katie Pearlman, Kat Quinn
    4:30     The Levins and The YaYas
    5:00   Songs from & inspired by Joni Mitchell’s Blue Album
    (A 40th anniversary celebration featuring Meg Braun, Honor Finnegan, Sharon Goldman, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Carolann Solebello and Alison Tartalia)
    5:45   A Hootenanny-Style Musical Tribute to Woody Guthrie
    in celebration of his 100th Birthday
    6:00 pm — Break

    AREA 2: Unplugged showcases featuring artists from the metro area and beyond hosted by Richard Cuccaro of AcousticLive! in NYC & Beyond

    Artists scheduled:
    1:00   Stuart Markus
    1:15   The Levins (Ira & Julia Levin)
    1:30   Drew Jacobs
    1:45   The YaYas
    2:00   Mara Levine
    2:15   David Goldman
    2:30   Susan Kane
    2:45   My Dad's Truck
    3:00   Loretta Hagen Trio
    3:15   Carolann Solebello
    3:30   Mark Berube
    3:45   Honor Finnegan
    4:00   Lois Morton
    4:15   Meg Braun
    4:30   Claudia Nygaard
    4:45   Sharon Goldman
    5:00   Marci Geller
    5:15   Elaine Romanelli
    5:30   Josh Joffen
    5:45 pm — Break

    Note: Afternoon schedules may be subject to change. Printed programs with the complete schedules will be available during the festival.

    THEN —
    Please feel free to bring your own picnic supper and feast on the lawn.
    – or walk/drive into Huntington Village and enjoy dinner at one of its many fine restaurants before returning to the park for the evening concert.

    8:30pm — Featured headline performers:

    see performer bios below

    Festival and Concert Admission:

    Parking info and map below, or

    Stretch out on your blanket on the lawn
    or bring your own camp chairs for seating behind the white line

    Harry Chapin Rainbow Stage, Huntington, NY

    The 7th Annual Huntington Folk Festival is produced by the Folk Music Society of Huntington
    and the Huntington Arts Council as part of the 47th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival.


    Huntington Arts Council - Bringing Arts to Life   FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY OF HUNTINGTON
    The Huntington Folk Festival is produced by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council as part of the 47th 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 Executive's Office.




      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


    AZTEC  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  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.


    ilyAIMY  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  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

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