The HARD LUCK CAFé Presents at the Cinema Arts Centre
Remember This Great Evening
Thursday, June 21, 2012

on the same program with

Americana, bluegrass and folk melodies and stories


Louise Mosrie was among the annual half-dozen winners of the 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting Contest. A finalist in the (folk oriented) Song Contest on the Singer-Songwriter Stage at this year’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, Louise scored one of the award winning top four places.

Louise Mosrie's British parents emigrated to the U.S. in the 1960’s for work, finally settling on a farm on fifty acres in middle Tennessee. Born in Delaware and moving to the South as a child, she had trouble reconciling the two cultures around her – shunning all things Southern – disliking the accent, the food and the slow sleepy ways of doing things in her small rural town. Louise began writing pop/folk songs in her early 20's while living in Knoxville after college, producing two independent albums before moving to Nashville in 2004 to work on her song-craft. There, she made friends and contacts in the Americana and bluegrass side of Nashville, playing rounds and writing with artists like Donna Ulisse & Rick Stanley, Diana Jones and producer Ray Kennedy. Ironically, the melodies and imagery that emerged most strongly in her writing after 2004 came straight from the southern culture she once dismissed. Influenced by artists such as Nanci Griffith, Allison Kraus and Lucinda Williams, her songs tell stories of joy, love, struggle and heartbreak through the vivid characters and scenery of southern life.

Her latest album is Home     LOUISE MOSRIE ALBUM: HOME       LOUISE MOSRIE

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on the same program with

Sweet voice and gentle finger-style guitar

JAMES O'MALLEY - Photo © Robert Berkowitz
Photo by Robert Berkowitz

James O’Malley has been a mainstay on the Long Island folk scene for years. He writes knowingly of life’s foibles, triumphs and defeats, and delivers his songs in a gentle, subtle, whispering tenor that draws his listeners in.

A two-time finalist in the Plowshares Songwriting Contest, O’Malley also was listed among the top artists of 2009 by FOLKDJ-L, while his latest CD, Tales to Tell, was among the top albums that year. "O’Malley’s [guitar] playing and composing bring a whole new dimension to the word ‘pleasant’. You can’t help but feel good just listening to his stuff ... O’Malley occupies a position rare to any genre of the musical arts and embodies the term so fully that no other will quite do," writes Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange.

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  Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:

Our open mike tonight featured performances by:

  • Sarah J.
  • Dave Anthony
  • Eli Maniscalco
  • Andy Romanoff
  • J. Michael Doherty
  • Becca Hasselbrook
  • Eric Eaton
  • Cafe Racers (Rick Cashman & Lynne Bowden)
  • ...and Nick Vermitsky

    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 ...