Sunday, August 20 at 2 p.m.

Morgan Park Summer Music Festival expands its third Folk Festival by presenting top talents of today’s Folk Music scene headlining a bill that features several of Long Island’s most highly-regarded performers and groups.


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“One of America’s very best singer-songwriters,” according to The New Yorker, which went on to describe Dar Williams’ work as “…devastatingly moving, tenderly funny…..utterly fresh.” Williams is as esteemed for her raw acoustic energy as for her staunch progressive ideals. Captivating audiences since the 90s, Williams has released 10 studio albums and has appeared and recorded with such luminaries as Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche, among many others.

Amy Helm is the daughter of the famed The Band drummer Levon Helm. She describes her father as “…the best teacher, in so many ways.” Helm explains: “Playing side by side with him in the Ramble band for ten years…..shaped me as a musician.” A singer-songwriter, Helm has won widespread acclaim as a member of the collective Ollabella, for her solo performances and for her first solo album, Didn’t It Rain, released in 2015.

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule is best known for her 1995 single I Kissed a Girl, and for Supermodel from the soundtrack of the 1995 film Clueless. The New York Times describes Sobule as “topical, funny and more than a little poignant….grown-up music for an adolescent age.” Sobule is a vocal political force who has contributed work to NPR and other media outlets. A pioneer of crowd sourcing, Sobule financed her 2009 album California Years wholly by donations from her fan base.

Termed “An Ambassador of the Blues,” Guy Davis reveres the music of the blues masters who have come before him. He has brought this music to audiences throughout the world. The son of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Davis is an actor, author and music teacher whose creative work is permeated by the tradition of blues. His many albums include the chart-topper Stomp Down Rider, as well as Call Down the Thunder, You Don’t Know My Mind, and Chocolate to the Bone.

The folk-rock harmony trio Gathering Time has been described as reflecting the 60s folk tradition of Peter, Paul & Mary, combined with the vocal complexity and energy of Crosby, Stills & Nash, with a bit of Joni Mitchell and the Byrds. Following their albums, Red Apples and Gold (2012) and When One Door Closes (2014), the group swept the folk music charts with its 2016 album, Keepsake. John Platt of WFUV said “Gathering Time has harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees.”

A Long Island ensemble, dNa draws its wide ranging and musically diverse sounds from Americana, roots music, rock, folk, jazz and blues. These traditions offer a point of departure for the group’s spontaneous musical explorations. dNa’s membership includes David Berg and Amy Peters on guitars and vocals with Mark Mancini on keyboards, Craig Privett on bass and Dave Diamond on drums. The artists with whom they’ve performed and recorded include members of the Grateful Dead, The Band, The Meters and the Neville Brothers.

Culture Sonar’s Jim Allen wrote of Long Island singer-songwriter Roger Street Friedman “One moment he’s turning out harmonically rich Paul Simon-esque art-folk, the next he’s digging into the kind of good ‘n’ greasy Americana groove John Hiatt would kill for.” Friedman tours regionally and has opened for such artists as Los Lobos and The Blind Boys of Alabama. In the honored tradition of pop-rock singer-songwriters, Friedman’s recent album, Shoot the Moon, reflects an emotional spectrum of vivacious and reflective vignettes from real life.

It’s La Fiesta when the two Cintron Brothers, Rafael and Cristobal, natives of Spain who now reside in New York, sing and play a mix of World, Latin & Flamenco music. Their guitars, vocals and melodies evoke the traditional sounds of Andalusia and the romantic soul of gypsy music. Los Cintron performed for 12 years in the Metropolitan Opera’s Carmen, and presently perform throughout the world, including important music venues in North and South America and Europe.

Combining elements of folk, rock and blues, with lyrics that recall Harry Chapin and Bob Dylan, Glen Cove singer/songwriter Matt Grabowski has been taking Long Island by storm since his July 2014 solo debut. Grabowski’s 2016 career highlights include opening for Peter Yarrow in MPSMF’s Second Annual Folk Festival, his win of the Gold Coast Arts Center’s “Your Big Break” award over 1,500 contestants and his appearance at Oyster Bay’s 33rd Oyster Festival. His debut extended play recording is Hungry For an EP.

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