The gathering of singer-songwriters returns to the Dietrich Theater

After a two-year hiatus, a streamer of four talented folk musicians will perform at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock on Wednesday August 17 at 7:30 p.m.

For the 29th year, Lorne Clarke will bring four of northeast Pennsylvania’s finest singer-songwriters to the Dietrich stage. This year’s musicians include Lorne himself, Tom Flannery, Bret Alexander and Josh Pratt. The concert is free, donations accepted.

Lorne Clarke has been a strong supporter and promoter of acoustic folk music for many years. Margie Young discovered this when cultural programming began at the Dietrich Theater in 2002, initiating the first gathering of singer-songwriters that summer.

Clarke’s Old Lynn Church concerts have brought folk singers from around the world to the area in free concerts, allowing the public to enjoy the best in folk music. A prolific singer-songwriter himself, he has recorded three albums.

His latest, “From My Window”, is a collection of 14 original songs, recorded and produced by singer, songwriter and producer Michael Jerling. “These 14 well-crafted songs reflect Lorne’s colorful biography and his reluctance to simply accept the cruelty and injustice in the world,” Jerling said. despair. Hope shines through.”

Tom Flannery is famous not only as a singer-songwriter, but also as a playwright, bringing many of his plays to the Dietrich Theater including “The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli” and “God and the Ghost of Woody Guthrie “. Flannery also doesn’t want to accept injustice in the world and he writes and sings about it, as does Clarke, not always seeing hope shine through, unlike Clarke.

Flannery is a most prolific songwriter, writing hundreds of songs – sometimes completing two a day. He and Clarke are longtime friends and colleagues and the friendly banter between them is always one of the evening’s attractions.

Bret Alexander is a songwriter/producer based in northeast Pennsylvania. His career began as a studio engineer in the late 80s. Here he met the members of what would become The Badlees. The Badlees were signed to Polydor/A&M in 1995 with Alexander playing the role of lead songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist.

Their self-produced album River Songs produced two hit singles, “Fear Of Falling” and “Angeline Is Coming Home” in 1996.

Alexander has toured and shared the stage with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Bob Seger, The Band, The Allman Brothers, Edwin McCain, Live and countless others. His work has been featured on the Winter Olympics, MTV, VH1, The Real World and many more sites. Today he continues to perform solo and with various full band setups. In 2020, Alexander released a collaborative album with Flannery titled “Downhill”.

Current projects include a compilation project of older material and a new solo disc. Alexander, along with his band The Badlees, was inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame in July 2021.

Josh Pratt is a highly respected and admired singer-songwriter, back on the Dietrich scene. A Wyoming County resident, he was a featured performer on WVIA’s Homegrown Music and Dietrich’s Singer-Songwriter Series and Dietrich Open Mic. Pratt has released two albums of original acoustic material.

Free tickets to the Singer-Songwriters’ Gathering will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling 570-836-1022 x3.

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