TUNKHANNOCK — Four area folk musicians will return to the Dietrich Theater at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 for the 15th Gathering of Singer/Songwriters. The concert is free, with donations accepted.
Theater Program Director Margie Young discovered Lorne Clarke when programming began at the theater in 2002, initiating the first Gathering of Singer/Songwriters that summer. Clarke’s Old Lynn Church concerts have brought to the area folk singers from around the world in free concerts, enabling all to enjoy the best in folk music. A singer/songwriter himself, he launched his third CD “From My Window,” which will be for sale at the concert.
Tom Flannery is known not only as a singer/songwriter, but also a playwright, who has brought several of his plays to the Dietrich Theater, most recently, “The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli,” performed by Bob Schlesinger, of Scranton Public Theatre. He was the first playwright whose play was performed at the Dietrich, with “The Ghost of Woody Guthrie.” Flannery said he is unwilling to accept injustice in the world and he writes and sings about it.
Josh Pratt will return to the Dietrich stage for the fourth time. He has been a featured performer on WVIA’s Homegrown Music and at the Dietrich’s Singer-Songwriter series. He has recently contributed songs to albums recorded by Jay Smar and Tom Flannery. During the school year Pratt is a librarian for the Tunkhannock Area School District. He took time off from performing in recent years, spending time with his young family, but he is back with a new CD and ready to share his talent with an awaiting audience.
Eddie Appnel is also no stranger to the Dietrich, returning for the second time. He was first known for performing with Mere Mortals from Pittston for almost 11 years, playing all over the country. They recorded three CDs and made two full-scale music videos. He left the band in 2002 in order to concentrate on his songwriting.
Each of the musicians will have their CDs for sale at the concert. Free tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500.