Russell Farhang


Photo by Riley Jason

Photo by Riley Jason

JUNE 1, 2019Joe’s Pub, a program of The Public Theater, presents the NYC DEBUT of Fishman and Farhang, a new collaborative project from composer, guitarist, and singer HOWARD FISHMAN and acclaimed violinist RUSSELL FARHANG. For tickets, click here.

As one half of the Howard Fishman Quartet, Fishman and Farhang have been making music together for twenty years. Together, they have toured the US and Europe, winning audiences over with their unique blend of classic American song, jazz, country, blues, swing, and gospel, all filtered through a wide open creative lens.

The New York Times describes Fishman as a "charismatic rhythm guitarist and an endearingly low-key singer" and calls Farhang's violin playing as having "gorgeous, finely shaped cadenzas executed with perfect intonation, twirling pirouettes and subtly bent notes...and a fluent sense of melodic invention."

The pair has only recently begun performing in duo format, and the Joe’s Pub engagement will be their first official NYC showing of the new project. The evening showcases the pair’s unique musical chemistry with storytelling and revelations from their two decades of performing and recording together. To date, the show has been workshopped in front of live audiences in London, Vermont, and Upstate NY.

Video of complete Joe's Pub show available online!

The good folks at have posted Howard's complete 10/10/11 show at Joe's Pub right here.  Have a look! 

The band that night included Russell Farhang on violin, Andrae Murchison on trombone, Nathan Peck on bass and Dave Berger on drums.

Here's the evening's set list. All songs by HF, except where noted:

Let It All Come Down
Through The Countryside
In Romania
A New Life
Baia Mare
Do What I Want
Jimmy Brown The Newsboy (Traditional)
When it Rains
When I Die (Traditional)
There is a Vine (C. Converse)
La Danse De Mardi Gras (Traditional)
Mary Ann
Mexican Radio (S. Ridgeway)
Judgment Day
Your Voice

Back at the legendary Algonquin Oak Room in NYC in September 2011!

On Sunday, September 25th, Howard Fishman reunites with members of his original quartet to celebrate the release of the upcoming album "THE HOWARD FISHMAN QUARTET VOL.III: MOON COUNTRY," a collection of songs composed by the late, great American songwriter Hoagy Carmichael ("Stardust," "Georgia," "The Nearness of You," "Skylark").

A limited number of seats are available for this special, one evening-only event. Tickets are available by only by phone (212 419 9331) or email The concert begins at 7:30pm on 9/25/11; the cover charge is $50 per person plus either a $25 food and beverage minimum or a $50 prix fixe dinner.

The Howard Fishman Quartet made its formal debut at the Algonquin in 1999, beginning with a two-week stand that turned into a nine-month residency.  Writing for the New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote that "the band recombines familiar ingredients to form its own brand of classicism [that] transcends time and idiom."

HFQ Vol. III, Howard's tenth album, reunited him with members of the original HOWARD FISHMAN QUARTET including (pictured, left to right: Andrew Hall, Peter Ecklund and Russell Farhang).  All four will be on hand for the Algonquin show on 9/25. Get your tickets now!