Tom Rush to Headline Folk Festival

Folksinger-songwriter Tom Rush headlines the 13th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Sunday, July 29, at Heckscher Park.

From noon to 10:30 p.m., the free event – co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council – is part of the 53rd Huntington Summer Arts Festival.

Rush will be accompanied by Matt Nakoa on piano and percussionist Marshal Rosenberg.

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 Chapin Rainbow Stage. Before 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

The Lineup:

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

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 Huntington Folk Festival caps a weekend of folk, roots and Americana concerts and musical events. Long Island talent is spotlighted on 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 takes the stage at 8 p.m.

The 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.


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