P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
phone 631 344-2345
fax 631 344-3368
managed for the U.S. Department of Energy
by Brookhaven Science Associates, a company
founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle
Songwriters Series at Brookhaven Lab Features Long Island Talent, Feb. 15
UPTON, NY - The BNL Music Club and the East End Songwriters Guild will present their first Songwriters Series at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, featuring eight local songwriters talking about and playing their music on guitar. Two of the songwriters — Terry Winchell and Cathy Kreger — will give separate concert performances after a “songwriters-in-the-round” group discussion and round-robin performances of original music. The event will be held at Berkner Hall on Saturday, February 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets to the public event cost $10, and they may be purchased at the door. All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.
Folk/pop singer and guitarist Terry Winchell has appeared in many well-known Greenwich Village clubs, such as the Bitter End, and prestigious Hamptons venues, such as Stephen Talkhouse. Winchell’s music has aired on 350 radio stations in the U.S. She has opened for many top names, including Taj Mahal, Hot Tuna, Buster Poindexter and Lenny Kravitz. Recently, Winchell has been composing music for independent films and working on new material for her next CD.
Cathy Kreger —singer, songwriter, and guitarist — has been performing for more than 18 years. Her musical style is a unique combination of adult contemporary and old blues, with an alternative folk flair. She has played throughout the Northeast, and her powerful voice has earned her a place on stage with Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Taj Mahal and Aztec Two-Step. She has made several independently produced recordings.
In addition to Winchell and Kreger, the songwriters-in-the-round group will consist of:
Bill Akin — Along with Larry Hunter (see below), Montauk resident Bill Akin founded the East End Songwriters Guild to bring their music and that of other independent singer/songwriters to the public on Long Island. A guitarist and vocalist, Akin has been playing all the major venues on the East End, including Stephen Talkhouse, Wild Rose Café and Guild Hall. Over the last five years, he has written and produced three albums, the latest entitled “Foolish or Wise.”
Sarah Greene — Born in Massachusetts and raised in Pittsburgh, Greene recently moved to New York City to pursue her musical career. She creates a distinctive alternative sound, with strong blues-oriented guitar work, haunting melodies, and stark lyrics.
Larry Hunter — Singer, songwriter, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Hunter has been working in the music business for over 25 years. He has performed at well-known venues throughout the country, from the Keystone Clubs in the San Francisco Bay area to the Bottom Line in New York City. He is currently releasing a CD entitled “Cabin Fever.”
Kristhen — An acoustic guitar duo, Kristhen is composed of Henry Diaz and Kristi Diaz. Henry Diaz started out as a bassist playing pop, jazz and rock, and he worked with several well-known rock groups in the 1970s. Today, he plays acoustic guitar, and he is currently recording his first CD of original vocal and instrumental compositions. Henry Diaz is also an electronic technician in Brookhaven Lab’s Physics Department, and he is vice chair of the BNL Music Club. Kristi Diaz, who had been active in school and religious choirs, recently stepped into the limelight as a solo singer.
Mark Mott — A guitarist, singer and songwriter, in 1999, Mott founded the Sagg Pond Band, which performs regularly at Wild Rose Cafe, Stephen Talkhouse and Habitat for Humanity of Peconic benefits. He just released his first CD, entitled “Sagg West.”
For more information, call 631 344-2345, or check the BNL Music Club Web page. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway, one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.