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Huntington Folk Festival Presents Tom Rush with Matt Nakoa

July 27, 2018 - July 29, 2018


Legendary folksinger-songwriter Tom Rush (accompanied by up-and-comer Matt Nakoa) headline the 13th Annual Huntington Folk Festival. Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer whose shows offer a musical celebration…a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound.He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. For this performance, Tom will be accompanied by the estimable Matt Nakoa on piano, a renowned singer-songwriter in his own right.

An on-stage song swap featuring Long Island’s own Miles & Mafale and Carolann Solebello will precede Rush’s evening performance on the park’s [Harry] Chapin Rainbow Stage. Prior to the featured concert at 8 p.m., FMSH President Michael Kornfeld’s and Joltin’ Joe Pszonek’s Radio Nowhere will host unplugged showcases and song swaps from 12 noon to 6 p.m. These will take place near canopy tents on the upper lawn area overlooking the stage and will feature more than three-dozen artists/acts from New York and five other states. Daytime schedules will be posted online at and and also appear below.

Artists who will showcase their talents during the afternoon include: 

From Long Island: Acoustic Apple, Karen Bella, Rorie Kelly, Cathy Kreger, Lois Morton, Anne O’Rourke, Nico Padden, Steve Robinson, Les Stoller, Hank Stone, Christine Sweeney, Toby Tobias, Bob Westcott.

From Elsewhere: Antonio Andrade (PA), Rick Barth (NJ), Belle of the Fall (CT), Kate Callahan (CT), Meghan Cary (PA), Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers (NY), Kala Farnham (CT), Loretta Hagen (NJ), Marion Halliday (PA), Lara Herscovitch (CT), Gina Holsopple (upstate NY), Mara Levine (NJ), The Lied To’s (MA), Austin MacRae (upstate NY), Dennis MC DoNoUgh! (NJ), The Meadows Brothers (CT), Randie O’Neill (NJ), Open Book (upstate NY), The Promise is Hope (MA), Ed Romanoff (NYC), Katherine Rondeau (NJ), Allison Rose (RI), Eugene Ruffolo (NYC), Sparrow Blue (MA), Kate Vargas & the Reckless Daughters (NYC).

(Host: Michael Kornfeld)

12:00: Huntington’s Own: Cathy Kreger, Lois Morton, Toby Tobias 

12:30: LI Guys: Steve Robinson, Les Stoller, Hank Stone, Bob Westcott 

1:15: LI Women’s Voices: Karen Bella, Rorie Kelly, Anne O’Rourke, Nico Padden 

2:00: NYC: Ed Romanoff, Eugene Ruffolo, Kate Vargas & the Reckless Daughters 

2:30: I’m From New Jersey: Loretta Hagen, Mara Levine, Dennis MC DoNoUgh! 

3:00: Acoustic Roots: Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers, The Meadows Brothers 

3:30: Upstate New York Voices: Gina Holsopple, Austin MacRae, Open Book 

4:00: New Englanders: Kala Farnham, Allison Rose, Belle of the Fall 

4:30: Mass. Appeal: The Lied To’s, The Promise Is Hope, Sparrow Blue 

5:00: Connecticut State Troubadours: Kate Callahan, Lara Herscovitch 

5:30: Keystone Staters: Antonio Andrade, Meghan Cary (with Peter Farrell) 

Radio Nowhere

(Host: Joe Pszonek) 

12:00: Christine Sweeney

12:20: Dennis MC DoNoUgh!

12:40: Acoustic Apple

  1.00: Randie O’Neill

  1:20: Rick Barth

  1:40: Kate Callahan

  2:00: Belle of the Fall

  2:20: Hank Stone Band

  2:40: Katherine Rondeau

  3:00: Rorie Kelly

  3:20: The Promise Is Hope

  3:40: Nico Padden

  4:00: Lara Herscovitch

  4:20: Ed Romanoff

  4:40: Marion Halliday

  5:00: Austin MacRae

  5:20: Loretta Hagen

  5:40: Mara Levine

The Huntington Folk Festival caps a weekend of folk, roots and Americana concerts and musical events. Long Island talent is spotlighted on Friday night, July 27, with a shared bill featuring folk-harmony trio Gathering Time and singer-songwriter Kirsten Maxwell. On Saturday afternoon, July 28, from 2-5 p.m., Phil LoFaso and the duo Acoustic Apple host two hours of open song circles, followed by an hour-long audience participatory set of Pirate Tunes and Sailor Songs with Scuttlebutt Stu (Stuart Markus) on the hill overlooking the Chapin Rainbow Stage. The Jeremy Kittel Trio, fronted by the acclaimed fiddler, takes center stage at 8 p.m.


July 27, 2018
July 29, 2018
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Huntington Arts Council Inc.


Heckscher Park, Huntington Village
Route 25A and Prime Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743 United States
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