Four great women songwriters, and one talented young man from the North Fork, will grace the stage at the Suffolk Theater Thursday night.
Four great women songwriters, and one talented young man from the North Fork, will grace the stage at the Suffolk Theater Thursday night.

Riverhead’s Suffolk Theater will host an all-star show this Thursday hosted by Bridgehampton singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow, and featuring legendary songwriter Julie Gold, folk funny girl Christine Lavin and the country-infused sounds of the South Fork’s Inda Eaton. Rob Europe, of the North Fork, will open up the show.

This is the second In the Round-style songwriters’ concert Ms. Doctorow has put together at the Suffolk Theater this year, and it features the talents of women who’ve been at the heart of the folk songwriting world in New York for decades.

“The Suffolk Theater approached my this past summer about a booking and I thought it would be great to invite famed songwriter Hugh Prestwood to join me, as I have always admired him and tried to emulate him,” said Ms. Doctorow of the August show. “Another favorite of mine, Inda Eaton, joined us. For that show, I combined my radio program which I host once a month on WPKN which is called “Songtrails,” and this live show into a kind of big ball of songwriting/live show/radio broadcast/theater experience.”

“It went superbly and they asked me back and this time I was able to get Julie Gold, Grammy award-winning songwriter of “From a Distance,” and folk legend Christine Lavin to join Inda and me for another go-round,” she added. “The show is casual and we all sit around the stage with acoustic guitars, and it’s a wordsmiths, story-tellers and song-swappers kind of show.”

Ms. Doctorow hopes to also air this show on WPKN.

Ms. Gold is the author of the Grammy-winning song “From a Distance,” which was made famous by Bette Midler in 1991, and became a global phenomena performed by the African Children’s Choir, The Byrds and Judy Collins. It was even heard a good distance from the earth as the wake-up call on the Mir Space Station.

Her songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Patti LaBelle to Sinead O’Connor to Andrea Marcovicci. She has been a guest for Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist series, and has served on the board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Ms. Lavin is a New York-based singer-songwriter with 20 albums to her credit, who does what she can to make fun of the world. She has written a tribute to the planet (or is it a planet?) Pluto, raised kids’ awareness about oil spills, and recently finished a memoir titled “Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha?,” which won the ASCAP award for excellence in non-fiction writing about pop music.

Ms. Eaton, a globe-trotting folk and country rocker who now lives in East Hampton, released her first album, “Thin Fine Line,” in 1996. She has toured as the opening act for John Hiatt, Blues Traveler and Hootie and the Blowfish. She released her eighth album, “Go West,” last year.

Mr. Europe was trained on the cello as a youngster, but once he picked up a guitar, he couldn’t put it down. You can hear him play live here.

More information on Ms. Doctorow’s recent work is available here.

The show will be Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available online here or by calling the box office at 631.727.4343.


Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

One thought on “Folk legends take to the stage at the Suffolk Theater

  1. What an exciting array of talent for downtown Riverhead – Yay, Suffolk Theater! Truly, if anyone reading the above promo hasn’t seen any of these artists (or even if you have!), you’re in for a real pre-Thanksgiving feast – go get those tickets NOW!! (and no, I’m not an employee or paid promoter of the Suffolk Theater…I just appreciate great talent when I see it)

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