Songwriters from throughout the East End got together Feb. 22 at the Lanturn Sound Recording Rig for a listening party for "One Guitar."
Songwriters from throughout the East End got together Feb. 22 at the Lanturn Sound Recording Rig for a listening party for “One Guitar.”

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.

The album cover for One Guitar
The album cover for One Guitar

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.”

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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

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