2009-08-05 / Features

Seaburn Books Hosts Songwriter Concert Aug. 9

Seaburn Bookstore at 33-18 Broadway, Astoria, will host an hour of music, talk, and autographs with award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Annie Dinerman on Sunday, August 9 at 2 p.m. in celebration of her second album, "Broken Cookies". Like all Seaburn events, this one is free and open to the public.

Dinerman walks in the footsteps of storytelling artists like Paul Simon and Wendy Waldman. Her indie debut CD, "1,001 American Nights", released in 2006, presented a singing voice reminiscent of a young Carole King, performing warm, witty and womanly songs conveying her own frank, funny, very female point of view. Her song, "Child In Me Again", was recorded by Kathie Lee Gifford on Gifford's "Born For You" CD (2000), which hit three Billboard charts: No. 1 on Heatseekers, No. 6 on Top Contemporary Christian and No. 139 on Top 200.

Dinerman first played a stringed instrument at six years of age when her father brought home an old Stadium ukulele and a book of songs made famous by Hawaiian Ukulele Queen May Singhi Breen, and she picked up the uke and taught herself to play.

Dinerman first found a large and loyal following for her original songs as a student at Bowling Green State University in Northwestern Ohio and next in coffeehouses throughout Southwest Ohio. The only native Ohioan in a family of transplanted New Yorkers, she later moved to New York to concentrate on songwriting. "Lazy" by Irving Berlin was the song that made her want to be a songwriter.

In June 2006, Dinerman received the Abe Olman Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and made her debut at the Kerrville Folk Festival as a songwriting contest finalist. She was presented in the 2007 DJ Invitational Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. In 2008 and 2009, she sang at Dance Flurry Festival, Saratoga, New York and the Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival in Cape May, New Jersey. In 2009, Dinerman returned to sing at Dance Flurry and was selected to showcase at 2009 Cape May. Her song, "My Ex-Boyfriend", was chosen for the 2009 Cape May compilation CD. Her affiliations include ASCAP, NARAS (voting member), SHOF, OCFF and the Roots Music Association. She is a lifetime member of Madison Who's Who.

Lighthearted and emotionally charged, Dinerman's music is an eclectic folk-pop blend that all will enjoy. For more information about Dinerman's "house concert" at Seaburn Books, 33-18 Broadway, Astoria on Sunday, August 9, call 718-267-7929 or e-mail seaburnbooks@ gmail.com.

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