LONG ISLAND, NY – Vance Gilbert will be the featured performer when the Folk Music Society of Huntington kicks off its 2015-2016 season of First Saturday Concerts on Oct. 3 at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, off Route 25A, Centerport).
Vance Gilbert is not merely a talented singer-songwriter, but a consummate entertainer who possesses “the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
With his engaging personality, wonderful biting wit, soulful and resonant tenor voice, and solid songwriting and performance skills, Vance Gilbert has been impressing audiences since emerging on the Northeast singer-songwriter scene during the early 1990s, according to Michael Kornfeld, FMSH president.
Vance Gilbert performs at the 2015 New Bedford Folk festival. Photo by Jake Jacobson.
A former multicultural arts teacher and jazz singer from the Philadelphia suburbs, Vance Gilbert began playing open mics in the Boston area and soon attracted the attention of singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin. She invited him to be a special guest on a 1992 tour in support of her Fat City album. He has since released many albums of his own, toured extensively, and opened tours for the late comedian George Carlin for two years.
Vance drew two standing ovations following his stirring performance for the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concerts series in 2007. He also graced the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park in 2010 when he co-headlined the fifth annual Huntington Folk Festival with Susan Werner. His songwriting and performance clinics at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conferences and the Rocky Mountain Song School also have drawn rave reviews from attendees.
Now in its 47th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council.
Tickets — priced at $25 ($20 for FMSH members) — may be purchased online at www.fmsh.org with a credit card or at the door (cash and checks only). For more information, visit the website or call (631) 425-2925. The 8:30 p.m. concert is preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m.
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