Buskin & Batteau Play Centerport on December 3
Harmonic and Witty Folk-Rockers Perform for the Folk Music Society of Huntington
Story by: Michael Kornfeld
Photo credit: Robert Berkowitz/RSBImageWorks
Photo Credit: Mike Horyczun
David Buskin & Robin Batteau bring their “irresistible amalgam of melodic, sensual pop, folkie grit and killer wit” (The Washington Post) to the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concerts series at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (off Route 25A) in Centerport, NY on Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. concert, which is preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m., are $20 ( $15 for FMSH members) and may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling 631-425-2925.
Buskin (piano, guitar) and Batteau (violin, guitar) will be accompanied by virtuoso percussionist Marshal Rosenberg. Describing themselves as “hopelessly romantic,” “defiantly immature” and “usually hungry,” Buskin & Batteau have been Clio-winning jingle writers (“The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet, “All Aboard Amtrak” and “I’m Lovin’ It” for McDonald’s, among others). They have written songs that have been recorded by such notable artists as Judy Collins, Astrud Gilberto, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler, Anne Murray, the Oak Ridge Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Tom Rush (with whom they got their start in 1979 as his backup band). Yet, with their mix of talent, showmanship, Everly-crisp vocal harmonies and what Stephen Holden of The New York Times calls their “by turns acerbic, funny and plaintive” music and commentary, Buskin & Batteau are consummate entertainers in their own right.
“Their harmonies and wonderful presence onstage is as captivating as ever,” says Ron Olesko, host of “Traditions” on WFDU-FM in New Jersey. Boston music critics tag them as “post-folkies on cruise control, sexy and magical,” and describe their latest release as “acoustic heaven.”
Buskin & Batteau have performed on London street corners, in New York’s Carnegie Hall and at folk festivals throughout the U.S. They have shared Grammy, Emmy and Gold Record Awards and have performed and recorded with a host of Americana favorites. Buskin & Batteau also host a three-hour show called “Radio B & B” that airs nearly every other Friday, from 3-6 p.m., on Bridgeport, CT-based WPKN-FM, which is streamed live at www.wpkn.org
. More information on them, as well as a few choice songs, can be found online at www.buskinandbatteau.com
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.
Note: Photos attached. Please credit Robert Berkowitz/RSBImageWorks for the live performance shot and Mike Horyczun for the posed one. Phone interviews with David Buskin and Robin Batteau also can be arranged.