Louise Mosrie and James O’Malley Perform at the Cinema Arts Centre, June 21

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 Singer-songwriters Louise Mosrie and James O’Malley will be the featured performers during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Hard Luck Café at the Cinema Arts Centre on Thursday, June 21. The 8:30 p.m. concert will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members; $12 for non-members. The Cinema Arts Centre is at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington. For more information, visit www.fmsh.org or call (631) 425-2925.
Louise Mosrie is a Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter whose newest CD, Home, combines Americana, bluegrass and folk melodies and stories in ways that are fresh and charming. It was #1 on Folk DJ radio chart for January 2010 and also featured that month’s #1 song.
Mosrie has received numerous honors for her songwriting — including being named a winner in the prestigious Grassy Hill-Kerrville New Folk Competition in 2009. Her thoughtful, refined compositions are highlighted by her warm, crystalline voice. Mosrie’s craft grew from a childhood culture clash between her British parents and her southern upbringing. Although not too keen about the slow sleepy ways of doing things in her small rural town, the melodies and imagery that emerged in her writing came straight from the culture she once dismissed: stories of joy, love, struggle and heartbreak told through the South’s vivid characters and scenery.  Rich Warren of Chicago’s WFMT-FM describes Mosrie as “William Faulkner with a guitar.” (www.louisemosrie.com)
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.  (www.jamesomalley.com).
Established in 1973, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington (www.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. Long Island’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 43rd year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and sing-along, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council.
The Huntington Folk Festival  is set for Sunday, July 22, from noon until late into the evening. The free event features more than three dozen artists from half a dozen states in unplugged showcases and song swaps hosted by Acoustic Live! in New York City & Beyond and AcousticMusicScene.com during the afternoon and an evening concert headlined by the artists who are part of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s  Most Wanted Tour: Pesky J. Nixon, IlyAIMY, Louise Mosrie and Blair Bodine. Now in its seventh year, the Huntington Folk Festival is part of the 47th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival presented by the Town of Huntington and produced by the Huntington Arts Council.

Photo of James O’Malley by Robert Berkowitz/RSBImageWorks

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