The HARD LUCK CAFé Presents at the Cinema Arts Centre
Remember This Great Evening
Thursday, February 16, 2012

on the same program with



Most familiar to folk audiences as a founding member of the female trio RED MOLLY, Carolann Solebello returned to solo performance in August 2010 after six years with the band. She has three full-length Red Molly CDs to her credit, including James (2010), which peaked at #4 on the Americana chart, and Love and Other Tragedies (2008), which spent ten weeks in the Americana Top 15. Carolann’s song “Summertime” was #1 on the Folk DJ chart in July 2008. Carolann has three solo CDs to her credit, and is currently touring in support of her 2011 release, Threshold.

A  New York City native, Carolann first fell in love with mountain music – and the bluegrass and country that grew out of that tradition – while working as an actor in East Tennessee and Kansas. Tunes and techniques she learned from musicians in both places fundamentally changed her approach to songwriting and guitar playing, and subsequently colored her work with Red Molly.

Carolann continues to earn accolades performing her New York-inflected brand of original and traditional Americana as a solo artist. She makes her home in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young son.

CAROLANN SOLEBELLO - Photo by ELIZABETH ROBINSON       Visit her website:

  Link to Carolann's Michael on YouTube:       Link to Farewell to Red Molly:

on the same program with

Our favorite legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter


Guitarist Bob Westcott is no stranger to Long Island audiences, where his songwriting and guitar playing skills have made him a perennial favorite. His career began as a teenager playing guitar in the streets and basket houses of Greenwich Village, and, more auspiciously, as one of the very first members of the Wes Houston Band. BOB WESTCOTT - PHOTO BY RUTH SOVRONSKYRobbie Woliver, a former owner of Folk City and Greenwich Village scene author, has called Westcott "the real deal.” Bob has been perfecting his elegant finger-style guitar work for more than 40 years. From his Greenwich Village beginnings in the 60s, he moved to Manchester, England to explore the British folk scene, and then traveled throughout Canada and the US in the 70s, living in the Midwest, California and upstate New York before settling on eastern Long Island.

Westcott's performances are peppered with stories about his personal experiences, his travels and travails. For many years, he hosted FMSH's Annual Holiday Revue. He has performed with the topical group Blacklisted and Banned on bass, delved into the music of Memphis with The Daydreamers, a 'folkabilly' outfit of bass, snare and Bob's red Gretsch, – and morphed into 'Pops', the arthritic and acerbic guitar god of The Defibrillators, those good-time blue-haired bluesrockers.

But tonight he played solo, showcasing his breathtaking skill as a fingerpicker and multi-instrumentalist.


  Listen to Bob's A Train Song on YouTube:         — Visit Bob on-line:

  Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:

Our open mike tonight featured performances by:

  • Nick Vermitsky
  • Mountain Maidens (Marie and Candy)
  • Kenny Pascual
  • Mark Virgilio
  • Richard Barnhart
  • Michael Doherty
  • Cafe Racers
  • Scott Krokoff
  • Bobby S
  • Sonny Meadows
  • Ira Perlman
  • ...and Annie Mark with Chris James

    Photographs of the open mikers and the headline performer were taken by Robert Berkowitz. These can be seen as a slide show or as a collection on Flickr. If any use of these images is desired for ads, web pages, publication, etc., — high-res versions are available from Bob at, and permission should be requested and Robert Berkowitz credited in any reproduction usage.

  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...