Huntington Folk Festival set for July 27 at Heckscher Park

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Loudon Wainwright III headlines the Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 27. The free even at Heckscher Park extends from 11 a.m. until late in the evening.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III headlines the 14th annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 27, at Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue in Huntington.

Opening for Wainwright on the park’s Harry Chapin Rainbow Stage at 8 p.m. that evening will be his daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche. Extending from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a dinner break from 6 to 8 p.m., the free event, co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council, is part of the 54th Huntington Summer Arts Festival.

Few songwriters have laid out their lives in song as graphically as Loudon Wainwright III, a 2010 Grammy Award winner for best traditional folk album for his “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project.” Wainwright also has two previous Grammy nominations for “I’m Alright” in 1985 and “More Love Songs” in 1986. The singer-songwriter, humorist and actor is, perhaps, best known for his 1972 novelty song “Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road).” Maintains Stephen Holden of The New York Times: “Mr. Wainwright has proved to be far and away the most candid diarist among the singer-songwriters who … brought confessional poetry into popular song…”

Prior to the evening concert, Michael Kornfeld, president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington and editor and publisher of AcousticMusicScene.com, will host a series of song swaps from 12 to 6 p.m. These will take place near a canopy tent on the upper lawn area overlooking the stage and will feature more than 30 artists/acts from half-a-dozen states and a Canadian province. Unlike the unplugged showcases of previous years, these will be amplified. The day’s musical festivities begin with an open-mic song circle at 11 a.m.

Among the artists who will showcase their talents during the afternoon are Lisa Bastoni, Belle of the Fall, Melanie Brulée, Christian Diana, Roger Street Friedman, Genevieve, Sharon Goldman, Loretta Hagen, Marion Halliday, Joe Iadanza, Susan Kane, Judy Kass, Terry Kitchen, Scott Krokoff, Mara Levine, The Levins, Lipkin & Hitt, Annie Mark, Catherine Miles & Jay Mafale, Kate Mills, Lois Morton, Grace Morrison, Claudia Nygaard, Siobhan O’Brien, Anne O’Rourke, Nico Padden, D.B. Rielly, Eugene Ruffolo, Hank Stone, Jonathan Tea, and Toby Tobias.

The complete schedule for the Huntington Folk Festival appears below and also will be posted online on AcousticMusicScene.com, FMSH.org and HuntingtonArts.org.

  • 11 a.m. Open Mic – Song Circle
  • 12 p.m. LI Guys of Note: Roger Street Friedman, Scott Krokoff, Toby Tobias
  • 12:30 p.m. Emerging Talents: Genevieve, Marion Halliday, Kate Mills, Anne O’Rourke
  • 1:30 p.m. A Musical Mix: Christian Diana, Annie Mark, Lois Morton
  • 2 p.m. NJ Songsters: Sharon Goldman, Loretta Hagen, Jonathan Tea
  • 2:30 p.m. Musical Potpourri: Terry Kitchen, Mara Levine, Eugene Ruffolo
  • 3 p.m. Kerrville New Folk Winners 2019: Lisa Bastoni, D.B. Rielly
  • 3:30 p.m. Tribes Hill – Hudson Valley Songsters: Susan Kane, Judy Kass, Lipkin & Hitt
  • 4 p.m. A Trio of Duos: Belle of the Fall, The Levins, Catherine Miles & Jay Mafale
  • 4:30 p.m. Women of Note: Melanie Brulée, Grace Morrison, Claudia Nygaard, Siobhan O’Brien
  • 5:30 p.m. FMSH Members Song Swap: Joe Iadanza, Nico Padden, Hank Stone
  • 6 p.m. Dinner Break
  • 8 p.m. Lucy Wainwright Roche
  • 8:30 p.m. Loudon Wainwright III

Festivalgoers are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic supper, or they can enjoy a meal at a restaurant in Huntington Village.

The Huntington Folk Festival is part of an extended folk and Americana weekend at Heckscher Park. Long Island talent will be spotlighted on Thursday night, July 25, with a shared bill featuring folk-harmony trio Gathering Time and singer-songwriter Christine Sweeney. On Friday night, July 26, the Crys Mathews Trio will grace the stage. Although both concerts are set for 8 p.m., Kornfeld will conduct a 7:15 p.m. special on-stage interview-conversation with Matthews, the grand-prize winner in the 2017 NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition. Crystal Bowersox, a rising star whose influences span across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country closes out the weekend on Sunday night.

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