Just after Christmas last year, 29 East End songwriters made some magic in the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue.
In a marathon all-day session, one by one, they took the pulpit with songwriter Don Bracken’s 1961 Gibson J45, playing and singing an original song as Mick Hargreaves recorded the entire endeavor. Their mission was simple: compile an album of all original music by local artists as a benefit for the Maureen’s Haven homeless shelter network at East End churches.
This Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m., those 29 songwriters will take the stage at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead to reprise the songs they played, all on that same guitar, at the release party for their CD, “One Guitar.”
Among the artists who contributed songs were Marty and Doug Atridge from “Who Are Those Guys,” Dan Reyburn, Mariann Megna, Robert Bruey, Gail Storm, Julia King, James O’Malley, Eddie Ayala, Leah Kay, Keith Cummings, Walter Sargent, Dean Fritscher, Bryan Gallo, Rob Europe, Chuck Finch, Valerie Levine, John Ciccariello, Steven Skolberg, Jack Licitra, Shari Yeomans, Fred Raimondo, Glen Feit Sr., Bryan Downey, Gail Storm, Greg Root, Rorie Kelly and Jon Evensen, as well as Mr. Bracken and Mr. Hargreaves.
With each $30.00 ticket, concert-goers will receive admission and a double CD.
The event is all a part of Mr. Bracken’s vision of a truly local music environment here.
“Custom music is part of what’s going on here,” he said at a listening party for the tracks on the album in February. “I believe we should be playing our own music. If there are not enough songs, we should be playing each other’s songs.”
Tickets are available at oneguitar.brownpaperticket