Folk-rock duo The Whispering Tree and piano-based singer-songwriter Marci Geller will be the featured performers during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Hard Luck Café at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, on Thursday, April 19. The 8:30 p.m. concert will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members; $10 for non-members. The Cinema Arts Centre is at . For more information, visit www.fmsh.org or call (631) 425-2925.
The Whispering Tree is a husband and wife duo that performs a unique brand of moody and melodic folk-rock. Classically trained vocalist Eleanor Kleiner and French bassist Elie Brangbour “tastily combine wistful folk, mellow rock, and pinches of gypsy jazz and bluegrass into a compelling compilation of tightly written tunes.” (Keyboard Magazine review of the 2010 release, Go Call the Captain).
Full of imagery and stories of the human condition, The Whispering Tree’s songwriting is the backbone of its sound and has been heavily influenced by the duo’s travels abroad. The two met at the London Center of Contemporary Music in 2004. With a shared passion for music and travel, they journeyed across continents, logging enough frequent flier miles to make any avid traveler jealous.
Named as first-place winners in the 2010 Songdoor International Songwriting Competition, The Whispering Tree also performed in the Emerging Artists Showcase during the 2011 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and under theAcousticMusicScene.com tent at the Huntington Folk Festival last summer.
Long Island’s own Marci Geller is a piano-based singer-songwriter, whose passion and tenacity have helped her forge a distinct niche in the independent music arena. With music that ranges from sublime to quirky to bittersweet, she weaves beautiful, intimate verses with infectious choruses. Named an “Editor’s Choice” in 2010 as one of its favorite songwriters of the last decade by Independent Songwriter Magazine, Marci also is a frequent “Featured Artist” on ArtistLaunch.com and was recently selected to showcase at the fifth annual Singer Songwriter Cape May conference..
Marci has performed on Live with Regis and Good Day NY, among other TV shows; secured a number of soundtrack placements; toured internationally as the support act and back-up vocalist for Blackmore’s Night; and was a founding member of the now-defunct trio Lucky 13. She is currently working on her next solo CD.
Established in 1973, the Cinema Arts Centre (www.cinemaartscentre.org) seeks to bring the best of cinematic artistry to Long Island and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community. Long Island’s only not-for-profit, viewer-supported, independent cinema presents a wide array of films that are often accompanied by discussions and guest speakers.
Now in its 43rd year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington (www.fmsh.org) presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and sing-along, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council during the summer. FMSH presents a Phil Ochs Song Night hosted by the late troubadour’s sister Sonny Ochs on Saturday, May 5, at the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport.