Karyn Oliver and Rob Lytle Perform at Cinema Arts Centre, Oct. 20

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 Karyn Oliver and Rob Lytle Perform at Cinema Arts Centre, Oct. 20
For the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Hard Luck Café Series
Karyn Oliver and Rob Lytle, both of whom were finalists in the prestigious 2011 Grassy Hill/Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters, will be the featured performers during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room on Thursday, Oct. 20.  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 nonmembers. The Cinema Arts Centre is at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington. (631) 423-7611.
Why Karyn Oliver would want to leave a small town called Boring is subject to speculation, but Maryland’s loss is the tri-state area folk scene’s gain. Both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist this year, as well as a 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner, Karyn is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspiration comes primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C. The power of her passionate and soulful voice is such that executives from Sennheiser sought permission to use tracks from her 2007 debut CD, Hurricane, to demonstrate the capability of Neumann microphones. Her second CD, Red Dress, a personal narrative of love, marriage, disappointment and rediscovering life was released last year.
Rob Lytle’s songwriting might be described as urbane and erudite. Like Karyn Oliver, Rob was selected as a Kerrville New Folk Finalist this year. He also was recently chosen to be an official showcase artist at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference. A staple of the Boston folk scene of the 1990s, who has recently returned to the road, Rob delivers his well-crafted songs with an unaffected honesty and passion. Songs like “Daddy Knows What Boys Want” display a sardonic maturity, while ones like “Why They Play the Games” reveal a wonderful warmth and sense of hope. “Cry for the Working Man” and “That’s My Head That’s Talking” received worldwide airplay and critical praise in his early career, while songs from his recently released CD, You. Must. Stop., have been climbing up the Roots Music Report radio airplay charts.
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. LI’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.fmshny.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. Upcoming First Saturday Concerts at the Congregational Church of Huntington on Washington Drive (off Route 25A) in Centerport include Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion (Nov. 5) and Buskin & Batteau (Dec. 3).  Open mics precede each concert.
Here’s a link to a YouTube video of Rob Lytle performing during 2011 Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas.

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