Hard Luck Café Concert at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, Dec. 15, 2016
Open Mic Precedes Featured Artists Steven Pelland and Aly Tadros
Steven Pelland and Aly Tadros, two of the singer-songwriters who showcased their talents during last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival, are the featured artists during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington) on Thursday, Dec. 15. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the Cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members) and will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.fmsh.org or call (631) 425-2925.
Steven Pelland, a native of Fall River, Massachusetts, began his musical journey at the early age of seven, learning accordion and organ. His father, a professional guitarist and vocalist, inspired him to study electric bass and voice during his teens. At 19, Pelland graduated from the Modern School of Music and began freelancing as a bassist on Boston’s jazz scene.
During the past several decades, Pelland has written hundreds of songs – 12 of which appear on his recent CD, These Days. A finger-style guitarist and vocalist, he cites Jackson Browne, Dougie MacLean, James Taylor and Johannes Sebastian Bach among his influences. A touring artist, Pelland showcased his talents during last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival and at regional conferences of Folk Alliance International. (stevenpellandmusic.com)
Aly Tadros, a native of Laredo, Texas, who now calls Brooklyn home, is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, ukulele and vilhuela). Her music fuses folk, pop, Mexican and Middle Eastern influences.
“It’s not your mama’s folk music,” Tadros admits. Take the cool tone of Norah Jones, the guttural growl of Fiona Apple, and the unorthodox guitar work of Ani DiFranco – and you’ve got this half-Egyptian/half Texan songwriter who has performed more than 700 shows worldwide since her 2009 debut. A finalist in the prestigious 2016 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for Emerging Songwriters, she also showcased her talents during this year’s Huntington Folk Festival. “Her guitar writhes the floor of the mind, haunted by the honesty of her lyrics” (USA Today). Tadros released her latest CD, Hungry Ghost, in November. (alytadros.com)
About the Presenters
Established in 1973, Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre (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 48th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington (fmsh.org) presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam at the South Huntington Public Library and an annual folk festival at Heckscher Park in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Its First Saturday Concerts series at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, off Route 25A, Centerport) will feature The Boxcar Lilies and Low Lily on Jan. 7, 2017.