Rorie Kelly + Tom Griffith & Martha Trachtenberg

Tickets for this event are available at the Cinema Arts Center on the day of the performance. Prices are $10 for FMSH and Cinema Arts Centre Members / $15 for Non Members. There are no advance tickets for this event.

Tom Griffith and Martha Trachtenberg are Huntington-based singer-songwriters who have not only chronicled the ups and downs of their 31 years together in their music, but also have achieved numerous individual musical successes.

Tom is an award-winning singer, songwriter and recovering jingle writer whose jingles have been heard in ads for products such as Miller beer and M&Ms candy. His work has also appeared in several movies, and he has won two Clio awards. Tom’s album 40 Years Later was named the best Long Island CD of 2007 by Newsday.

Martha was a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-woman bluegrass band. She’s appeared in the IBMA Songwriter Showcase three times, and her songs have been recorded by artists such as Toby Walker and Tony Trischka and Skyline. John Platt of WFUV has said that Martha “has a warm heart that infuses her songs with humanity and a supple voice that makes them ring true.” In addition to performing with Tom, Martha is a member of the acoustic female trio, The Folk Goddesses.

Rorie Kelly is a small redheaded tornado of sound. First-time listeners often comment, “I can’t believe that voice came out of that body. Rorie writes catchy, melodic rock songs that she plays with enough passion to break guitar strings and go right on playing without batting an eye. The Brooklyn-based acoustic rocker has drawn comparison to such artists as Fiona Apple, Janis Joplin, Alanis Morisette and Liz Phair. Like theirs, her voice has a raw intensity to it.

Although named one of LI’s “Top Ten Indie Artists You’ve Never Heard Of” by Long Island Pulse Magazine, Rorie has been performing at clubs and festivals throughout the tri-state area for several years and is known on the NYC and LI singer-songwriter scenes. Her debut full-length CD is entitled Wish Upon a Bottlecap, while Rorie recently released Sincerely Live, a 28-track collection of songs, banter and song introductions recorded during her performance at the Live in the Lobby series at the Patchogue Theatre last fall. (www.roriekelly.com)

Photo of Tom and Matha courtesy of Robert Berkowitz.

Location: Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room

The Hard Luck Café concerts are held on the third Thursday of the month in the Sky Room at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue Huntington, NY 11743. Click here to launch google maps and get directions to the venue.