The first annual
Huntington Folk Festival
August 12, 2006

— All day — Free — Multiple stages — Workshops — Booths for Music Orgs. —
— Children's stage featuring songs and stories —
— Songwriting workshops — Folk dancing workshop —
— Folk jam on lawn — open to all —

A new annual event in Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY     GET YAHOO MAP
on the lawns and the main stage at the Chapin Rainbow Stage


Open folk jam 1:00pm thru 5:30pm

Children's music on main stage starts at 1:00pm thru 2:45pm
  • 1:00pm — Janice Buckner
  • 1:35pm — Mike Soloway
  • 2:10pm — Paul Helou

  • Children's activities 2:45pm thru 5:30pm
  • Co-ordinated by award-winning songwriter Pat Shih

  • Live music continues on main stage 2:45pm thru 5:30pm
  • 2:45pm — Steve Chizmadia
  • 3:20pm — Judith Zweiman
  • 3:55pm — Jim Tepe
  • 4:30pm — Michelle Monte
  • 5:05pm — Martha Trachtenberg & Tom Griffith

  • Workshops start at 1:00pm —       Link to photos posted to > open jam
  • Folk Jam — 1-5pm
  • Folk Dancing — 2-3pm & 4-5pm by Annette Kirk & Larry Moser
  • Songwriting — 2-3pm by ISS (Island Songwriters Showcase)
  • Blues Harmonica — 3:15-4:15pm by The Long Island Blues Society featuring
    Ken (the Rocket) Korb. First 100 participants get a free Harmonica

  • Supper break 5:30pm thru 8:00pm — there are many fine restaurants nearby in Huntington village

    Featured performances start on main stage at 8:00pm
    Featured performer:   JOHN HAMMOND
    Opening Act:   RED MOLLY

    There will be sales of snacks and soft beverages available at this event ... please feel free to bring your own picnic supper

    Festival and Concert Admission:
  • Regular:      FREE
  • Members:  FREE
  • Children:   FREE

  • Parking info and map below
    Other info queries: — e-mail to:

    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 Huntington Folk Festival is presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington
    and the Huntington Arts Council as part of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival.

    FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY OF HUNTINGTON     HAC Summer Festival     Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs

    The Huntington Summer Arts Festival is presented by the Town of Huntington
    and produced by the Huntington Arts Council, Inc.
    The Festival is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.
    In Suffolk County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Huntington Arts Council, Inc.,
    in partnership with the Suffolk Consortium of Arts Councils

    Additional funding by Suffolk County under the auspices of the Office of Cultural Affairs, Steve Levy, County Executive.

    Link to the Perpetual Toxins review of the Huntington Folk Festival

    John Hammond
    Blues Master

    From coffeehouses to concert halls, festivals and beyond, John Hammond has spent forty years entertaining blues, folk and rock audiences around the world, performing intense solo-acoustic blues.

    A Grammy Award winner and four time nominee, Hammond is also a multiple W.C. Handy award winner who has shared the stage and/or recorded with many of the masters, including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf. John has recorded over twenty five albums and his passionate commitment to traditional blues made him the natural choice to host the BRAVO TV special and Sony Home Video, The Search for Robert Johnson.

    His 2003 release, Ready For Love, was produced by David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and is the perfect follow up to Wicked Grin, the acclaimed album produced by longtime friend Tom Waits and featuring all Waits' songs. Ready For Love features John's road band including Augie Meyers, Stephen Hodges, Frank Carillo and Marty Ballou playing an exciting variety of tracks including songs by George Jones, Tom Waits, David Hidalgo, Jagger and Richards, Willie Dixon, and a rare original by John himself.

    A legitimate treasure of American roots music, John Hammond has made other people's songs his own during his decades-long career. With his 2003 Back Porch Records debut, Ready for Love, the veteran bluesman ventured into new territory with his first-ever recorded composition, Slick Crown Vic. "My wife Marla gets the credit for the tune. She said, ‘listen, you gotta write a song.’ So, after about a year being told that, I wrote it. The tune was inspired by experiences I’ve had over the years - I once owned a 1955 Crown Victoria Ford and I did in fact drive into town and that kind of thing."

    Link to John Hammond's web site:

    Opening for John Hammond
    Acoustic trio

    This red hot female trio plays a variety of stringed instruments, and sings tight 3-part harmony, creating their distinctive rootsy, Americana sound. Red Molly's live performances resonate with warmth, fun, infectious energy, and a love of great American music.

    A New York Americana trio, they got their organic start at a late-night jam session during the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello were brought together by a love of traditional American music, old gospel, bluegrass, and the old-timey songs of contemporary artists like Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss. In April 2005, Red Molly released their debut recording, a 4-song EP that enjoyed enthusiastic reviews from audiences and critics alike.

    Each Molly brings her own background and experience to the group:

  • Laurie (vocals, guitar, banjo) left a career in psychology in 1998 to pursue music, and toured as a backup singer for Cliff Eberhardt, who later produced her solo album. This album, called The Things I Choose To Do, was recently purchased by Barnes & Noble, and is being retailed in 2006 as a Barnes & Noble Exclusive.

  • Abbie (vocals, Dobro, guitar) studied classical flute as a child and directed/arranged a cappella music at Boston University. In 2004, she released her first solo album, called My Craziest Dream, with her father, jazz pianist Herb Gardner, and is influenced by her mother’s longtime love of bluegrass music.

  • Carolann (vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin) spent several years on tour as a professional theatre actor before releasing her solo album, Just Across the Water in 2000. She went on to release two additional albums with the quartet CC Railroad, called Smile Whatever and Black Horse Motel.

    They have opened for artists such as Aztec Two-Step, Cliff Eberhardt, Michael Smith, Bill Staines and Johnsmith, and are developing a loyal, devoted fan base in the Northeast.

    Abbie's Solo CD is Now Available! Honey On My Grave, features lots of Dobro, Laurie on harmonies and a special duet with FMSH favorite Pat Wictor.

    Others have praised:
  • "With gorgeous harmonies on original work and tasteful covers, plus slide guitar and multi-instrumental versatility, Red Molly brings a breath of fresh air into the singer/songwriter world. Here's hoping we'll be hearing from these three women for a long time."
    Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live   link to his July 2005 full bio/review

  • "These chicks create a sound straight out of their living room, with enough polish for a concert hall. Their voices transcend all."
    Robert Price, The New Jersey Herald

  • Link to music clips:       Link to Red Molly's web site: