Slaid Cleaves, an acclaimed Maine-bred and Texas-based singer-songwriter, headlines the 11th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 30 at Huntington, New York’s Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue. Extending from noon until l0:30 p.m., the free festival – co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington (FMSH) and the Huntington Arts Council – is part of the 51st Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival. hosts song swaps during the afternoon.

Flyer-2016-07-Festival-FINAL-color-2Opening for Cleaves at 8:30 p.m. will be Huntington’s own Kirsten Maxwell, a young singer-songwriter who has been drawing national attention and accolades over the past year.

Prior to the evening concert on the park’s [Harry] Chapin Rainbow Stage, and the Folk Music Society of Huntington will host unplugged showcases and song swaps on the lawn featuring artists from five states performing near canopy tents from noon until 6 p.m. An open mic is also set for noon.

Artists slated to perform during the afternoon include Jeremy Aaron, Acoustic Apple, Blair Bodine, Addie Brownlee, Rob Carlson & Benefit Street, Greg Cornell and the Cornell Brothers, Dan and Faith, Bryan Gallo, He-Bird, She-Bird, Josh Joffen, Susan Kane, Judy Kass, Colleen Kattau, Rorie Kelly, Terry Kitchen, Ray Lambiase, Richard Lanahan, Eric Lee, Mara Levine, Dennis McDonough, Lois Morton, My Dad’s Truck, James O’Malley, Steven Pelland, Pluck & Rail, Hank Stone, Aly Tadros, Jessy Tomsko, Carla Ulbrich and Letitia VanSant. The daytime schedules follow and also appear on Tent
(Hosted by Michael Kornfeld)

12:00 LI Artists Spotlight: Ray Lambiase, Richard Lanahan, Hank Stone
12:30 Aly Tadros, Jesse Tomsko
1:00 Fiddlin’ Around: Jeremy Aaron, Eric Lee
1:30 Terry Kitchen, Mara Levine, Dennis McDonough
2:00 Mass. Appeal: Dan & Faith, Steven Pelland
2:30 Kerrville New Folk Winners: Addie Brownlee, Josh Joffen
3:00 Hudson Valley Songsters: Susan Kane, Judy Kass
3:30 Colleen Kattau, James O’Malley
4:00 Blair Bodine, Letitia Van Sant
4:30 Funny Folk: Lois Morton, Carla Ulbrich
5:00 Rob Carlson & Benefit Street
5:15 Roots Round: Greg Cornell, He-Bird, She-Bird, Pluck & Rail

Folk Music Society of Huntington Tent
(Hosted by Lee Ann Rush and Gary Schoenberger)

12:00 Open Mic
1:00 Acoustic Apple
1:15 Bryan Gallo
1:30 Carla Ulbrich
1:45 Richard Lanahan
2:00 Friends On The Journey
(Lora Kendall, Suzanne Ernst & Vincent Crici)
2:15 Letitita VanSant
2:30 Dennis McDonough
2:45 He-Bird, She-Bird
3:00 Hank Stone
3:15 Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine
3:30 Rob Carlson & Benefit Street
3:45 Steven Pelland
4:00 Rorie Kelly
4:15 Greg Cornell & the Cornell Brothers
4:30 James O’Malley
4:45 My Dad’s Truck

Festivalgoers are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic supper (or walk into Huntington Village and enjoy a meal at one of its many restaurants).

The 5ist Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival is produced by the Town of Huntington, presented by the Huntington Arts Council, and sponsored in part by the New York State Council for the Arts, the County of Suffolk and Canon U.S.A

Editor’s Note: I also serve as president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington, an all-volunteer nonprofit presenting organization on Long Island, and coordinate the festival in partnership with the Huntington Arts Council.