TUNKHANNOCK — A grand tradition continues at the Dietrich Theater when Gathering of Singer/Songwriters returns at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 for the 18th year. Master singer/songwriter and Lynn Church, concert organizer, says Lorne Clarke has done it again. He and singer/songwriter and playwright Tom Flannery will be joined by Bret Alexander and Hannah Bingman, both invited back to the Dietrich stage.
Admission is free with donations encouraged. Tickets are available at the door. The evening is unique as just four musicians are on stage with their instruments, each having the chance to tell how they were inspired to write the songs they perform.
Clarke is the master musician who has organized the Lynn Church Concerts for years. He is the one who brings free concerts to the Lynn/Lymanville area and beyond and he is the magnet for attracting talent. A Canadian by birth, Clarke has brought the community the most American of community gatherings at the Old Lynn Church. He is the greatest resource for the best folk musicians in the area and is the one who makes Gathering of Singer/Songwriters at the Dietrich Theater an outstanding event each year.
Tom Flannery is the multi-talented playwright/musician/songwriter who is an old friend of the Dietrich. Every year, he or his plays have been on stage. His songs tell stories of injustice, heroism, loss, and love. Many of his plays have been performed on the Dietrich stage: “God and the Ghost of Woody Guthrie” and, more recently, “The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli” are just two of them. He has performed at every Gathering of Singer/Songwriters but one at the Dietrich Theater. He and Clarke are best of friends who love to verbally spar with each other, making for a lively and humorous time for all.
Bret Alexander is a singer/songwriter/producer based in Northeastern Pennsylvania whose began his career as a studio engineer in the late 80s. Here, he met the members of what would become the band The Badlees. The Badlees were signed to Polydor/A&M in 1995 with Alexander playing the role of principle songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. He has toured and shared the stage with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Bob Seger, The Allman Brothers, Edwin McCain, Live, The Gin Blossoms and countless others. In 2015, Alexander was the recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from The Electric City Music Conference. He released the collaborative effort, Alexander Leaman’s “Second Story Music,” online in July 2016. An acoustic compilation with songwriter Lex Zaleta called “Two Souls In Flight” was released online in May 2017.
Hannah Bingman, described as a neo-folk artist, was one of the emerging artists to play at the Susquehanna Folk Festival this July. Self described as “student, farmer, mail carrier, woodworker, instructor, arts council president, prison librarian, Appalachian Trail hiker, musician,” Bingman has held many titles throughout the years, but the one that’s been glued to her through them all is musician. Bingman sees herself as a songwriter first, guitarist second, and singer third. She adds, “I grew up in rural Pennsylvania where the arts didn’t flourish but the landscape did. I found mentors and a community in the area’s music scene. By age 16, I was playing regularly in that scene.”
For more information about The Gathering of Singers/Songwriters, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.