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Folkie Fest returns to the Moriches Community Center with a lineup of favorite artists, eager to share their original works. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones.

Folkie Fest offers an ongoing concert series with local acoustic artists in the spirit of folk music as envisioned by the late Pete Seeger. We provide a listening space and support live, local, singer/songwriters sharing their original work.

A portion of the proceeds are donated to the community center, and a 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit Long Island Cares: The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

This event will have hometown artist, James O’Malley as emcee with Kerry Kearney, Maria Fairchild, The Cosmic Pioneers, Karl Blessing, The South Country String Band and Henry Diaz performing.

Kerry Kearney, a self-proclaimed closet folkie, is a legendary blues guitarist. The sounds he creates from his vintage, stock and custom made guitars are as unique as his song writing and original melodies. Kerry Kearney’s style is his own brand containing an upbeat mix of American Blues & Roots, created from writing and performing on the circuit for over 40 years.

American roots musician Maria Fairchild, a dedicated “singer-songfinder,” makes traditional music feel new, and contemporary songs, including her own, seem timeless. In addition to guitar she plays the old-time “clawhammer” banjo style and has brought its sound to the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and England.

The Cosmic Pioneers consist of Dave Grube born and bred on Long Island. He picked up a guitar and started singing as a wee lad and never stopped and Leah Kay, a Jersey girl who via a circuitous route wound up on Long Island almost 20 years ago.  New Pioneers are Tom “Shecky” Davis and Brian “Uncle B” Johnson, pioneers of twang. Combining forces these talented artists scour the universe seeking unique sounds to incorporate into their own style.

Karl Blessing has played around Long Island for about 30 years. His musical tastes cover a wide range, and has been known to break out into obscure Stephen Sondheim songs when in the shower. Also, he likes Cowboy hats.

The South Country String Band consists of three good friends and fine musicians, Greg Smith, Larry Sribnick, and Hank Stone, who have performed for many years. Their music is an eclectic mix of styles and original tunes that include pop, folk, traditional, and at times, even sea shanties. You can be sure you’ll be humming and singing along while you’re tapping your toe. Audience participation is strongly encouraged!  Be sure to come out and spend some enjoyable, fun, musical time with them, you’ll be glad you did.

Henry Diaz is a guitar/bass player and singer/songwriter from Suffolk County He has done everything from solo performances to 8 piece bands, entertaining audiences throughout the Tri-state area.

He and his wife Kristi run 2 Worlds recording studio and have recorded/produced three full length albums and a remake of the 1985 hit, We Are The World. He is currently working on an original album of mixed vocal and instrumental pieces for piano and guitar. One of his instrumental pieces has already become the latest Folkie Fest Theme song. For this July’s Folkie Fest,
he will present a handful of his original songs, along with Kristi Diaz, his wife and musical partner.

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