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Remembering Oscar Brand, 1920-2016

Remembering Oscar Brand, 1920-2016

Oscar Brand may well have been the first folksinger and songwriter who I saw perform live when I was a youngster. My parents brought me to see him at a local library on Long Island, NY, where Brand, who died of pneumonia Sept. 30 at age 96, also lived with his family. Over the years, I saw him perform in concert and at festivals and special events many times -- most recently at the opening reception for the “Folk City” exhibit at The Museum of the City of New York last year. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Multimedia Celebration of Acoustic Music Continues in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Movie Theaters

Westchester County, New York-based contemporary folk singer-songwriters and musicians Kelly Flint, Susan Kane and The YaYas perform on Wednesday evenings in January as part of an ongoing multimedia celebration of acoustic music known as “WoodSongs at the Movies.” In addition to Clearview’s Bronxville Cinemas, the series also takes place at theaters in Babylon, New York; Montclair and Hackettstown, New Jersey; and Wayne, Pennsylvania. [To read the entire article, click on the headline.]

Multimedia Celebration of Acoustic Music Comes to Babylon

The Folk Music Society of Huntington (New York) joins with Clearview Cinemas and Folksinger Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour to present WoodSongs at the Movies at Clearview’s Babylon Cinemas (34 Main Street, west of Deer Park Avenue, in Babylon Village), on Wednesday evenings, beginning Dec. 3. This follows an initial three-week run in Manhasset. Live, 45-minute performances by featured local artists will precede a one-hour screening each week. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. [To read the entire article, click on the headline.]

‘Traveling Salesman’ Doesn’t Sell His Soul

New Music Gets Right to the Heart; Spans Folk, Rock, Roots and Americana Genres

Joe IadanzaLong Island -based folk-rock singer-songwriter Joe Iadanza composes and delivers deeply personal and inspiring original music. On his recent debut studio release, Traveling Salesman, Iadanza’s soaring poetic vocals and percussive fingerstyle guitar grooves are accented by the musical talents of a unique group of classically-trained, jazz-schooled and folk-versed musicians.

Featuring original songs by Iadanza, Traveling Salesman is a heart-opening...

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour Partners with Clearview Cinemas to Bring Show to Big Screens in NY Metro Area

Folksinger Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour has established a new partnership with Clearview Cinemas — WoodSongs at the Movies — that will bring the weekly program to big screens throughout the New York metropolitan area, preceded by 30-45-minute live sets by regional artists. Showtime is Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 22. has signed on to present artists at Clearview’s 62nd and Broadway Cinema in Manhattan. [To read the entire article, click on the headline.]

LI Artists Pay Tribute to Harry Chapin, Aug 27

In these tough economic times, hunger is an even greater problem than usual on Long Island, with local food pantries and soup kitchens running bare. On Wednesday evening, August 27, at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, many talented Long Island musical artists will present a concert and food drive in tribute to the late singer-songwriter, humanitarian and anti-hunger activist Harry Chapin -- playing his songs for the cause to which he dedicated himself. [To read the entire article, click on the headline.]

Long Island Bluegrass Festival Set For August 16

The Long Island Bluegrass Festival will take place at Tanner Park on Kerrigan Road, near the Great South Bay, in Copiague, NY on Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon-8 p.m. Presented by the Babylon Arts Council and the Town of Babylon, the festival will be headlined by Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass and also will feature performances by Buddy Merriam & Back Roads, James Reams & the Barnstormers, Too Blue, Acoustic Electrix, Free Grass Union, Michael Daves and Blue Detour. Now in its sixth year, the family-friendly festival -- for which admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 12 -- also will include workshop tents, plenty of opportunities for jamming, music and activities for children,...

Huntington Summer Arts Festival Features Acoustic Music

Among the more than 50 free outdoor performances during the 43rd Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival that gets under way on Friday, June 20, and runs through Sunday, August 17 at Heckscher Park (Prime Avenue and Main Street/Route 25A, Huntington) are quite a few featuring talented touring and local acoustic music artists. Among those slated to grace the Chapin Rainbow Stage are such notables as Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Aztec Two-Step and Christine Lavin. The performances, presented by the Town of Huntington and produced by the Huntington Arts Council, are set for 8:30 p.m. (except for Tuesday night family performances, which start at 7:30 p.m.). Bring folding chairs or blankets. [To see the descriptive listings for 10 evenings...

Tribes Hill Honors WFUV’s John Platt

Tribes Hill, a nonprofit organization in New York’s lower Hudson Valley region that seeks to unite and encourage a diverse group of musicians and their patrons to find community both personally and musically, has conferred honorary lifetime membership on John Platt, host of Sunday Breakfast on WFUV-FM in New York. Platt, who has hosted the show since the spring of 1997, was honored during Tribes Hill’s annual meeting and hootenanny, June 14, at Hammond House in Valhalla. He shares this “special status” with Pete Seeger, the organization’s only other lifetime member. [To read the entire article, click on the headline.]

Partial Capo Techniques Workshop Set for May 3 in Centerport

The Folk Music Society of Huntington will host a Partial Capo Techniques Workshop for guitarists with Randall Williams on Saturday, May 3, from 4-6 p.m., at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (off Route 25A), Centerport. Open to guitarists of all skill levels, the two-hour workshop costs $25 (if pre-registered) and $30 at the door, if space is available. Checks payable to the Folk Music Society of Huntington may be sent to P.O. Box 290, Huntington Station, NY 11746. The workshop precedes the society’s Falcon Ridge Preview Tour concert at 7:30 p.m. that evening featuring Joe Crookston, Anthony da Costa, Lindsay Mac and Williams – all of whom...

LI-Based Acoustic Artists Mark Milestones in January

Several Long Island-based acoustic musicians marked important milestones in January. Phil Minissale, the Long Island Blues Boy, turned 21. Denise Romas, who has been part of the local acoustic music scene for years, released her debut album. And Gathering Time – an acoustic trio featuring Glen Roethel, Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong – performed live in the studio at WFDU in Teaneck, New Jersey. [To read the entire article, click on the headline.]

Bob Dylan Song Contest Set on Long Island

The Our Times Coffeehouse will host a Bob Dylan Song Contest Night on Friday, February 15, at the Ethical Humanist Society Building, 38 Old Country Road in Garden City, NY. Cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50 will be awarded to the three top performers as judged by a panel and the audience on the basis of originality of interpretation and quality of musicianship. “We’re not looking for Dylan impersonators, just great musicians putting their personal spin on two Dylan songs,” says Marty Stone, arts coordinator of the monthly coffeehouse series that is a joint project of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island and the Long Island Progressive Coalition. The entry fee is $15. [To read the...