DWIGHT O’NEIL, singer and guitar player, hails from Memphis but now
lives in Canaan, NY.  Dwight is a craftsman and artist, both of music
and stained glass. Dwight owns a home studio business called
October Mountain Stained Glass. Dwight played his first gig in 1968 at
age 17 and has been playing ever since. He took a break to raise his
kids with his wife, Karen, but music was never far from his heart.
Dwight’s major musical influences have been Bob Dylan, The Beatles,
Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and George Jones. He also sings and
plays lead and rhythm guitar for THE SPURS USA but it is his genuine
southern vibe that keeps fans wanting more and more of this fine

JOHN BARRETT is featured on bass guitar. John grew up here in
Winsted, and played for years in the 60’s band the Rhythm Dukes and
now plays with THE SPURS USA. You can also hear him on Cindy
Rines’ CD “A Pocketful of Songs”. John is a long time Great Barrington
resident now and man about town. He is a really cool cat with a wealth
of knowledge and wisdom. He can play almost any instrument, sax,
piano, guitar, but he mostly loves and plays the bass.

ANDY GORDON started on the recorder in 4th grade, but the teacher
took it away when he used it to dig in the sandbox. He then switched to
the trumpet, and the teacher took it away when he put dish soap in it
and tried to blow bubbles. Around 12 Andy tried the banjo and stuck
with it because he loved fast bluegrass picking, especially when a kid
told him that musicians get paid by the note. Later Andy started playing
pedal steel because he loves corny old country tunes and the strong
sexy sound of the instrument. He has been playing both ever since.
Andy plays the banjo & petal steel all over the place. He is a featured
musician in THE SPURS USA and you can hear some of his banjo
handiwork on Cindy Rines’ CD “A Pocketful of Songs”

GREG BEDNARSKI has been playing the drums around southern
Berkshire County for about fifteen years now, and has no plans to stop
anytime soon. When he is not preforming, he is helping other local
aspiring musicians to learn more about their craft. Although he is not
their primary percussionist, Greg is excited to have the opportunity to
play with The Tumbleweeds and is eagerly expanding his repertoire of
country and western. "A young man with an old soul," Greg often finds
himself preforming with musicians of a more seasoned generation and
thinking, "they don't make 'em like they used to."

Who Are the Laurel City Singers?

Laurel City Singers is a community-based choir, conceived by Adam Atkins, Roger
Atkins, Joe Butkevicius, Debbie Storrs and Lynn Whittaker thirteen years ago. They
recognized a need to develop a choir that was dedicated to a wide variety of musical
We generally perform three concerts a year, a spring concert, a fall concert, and We
are proud to be the featured choir in
The Boar's Head Festival, sponsored by First
Church of Winsted.     
Concerts in the past have welcomed guests such as Native American Flute-man,
Joseph Fire Crow, and the well known percussionist, John Marshall.  Our Christmas
Concerts have also featured the Silver Belles and Beauxs.

Click this link to hear a sample of the choir.  
Niska Banja was a selection from our International Folkfest Concert.

Our Mission:      

  • To use our combined talents for the betterment of our community·       
  • To continue to perform great music from Mozart to Motown, before and
  • To act as a vehicle for singers to explore their vocal abilities through
Our Motto:      
  • If you can carry a tune, we’ll supply the bucket!!

Come and Join Us in 2015!

For more information please email our secretary, Denise Torson

Meet the Volunteer Staff ~


ADAM P. ATKINS, founding member and director of the Laurel City Singers, is a
Winsted native.  He attended the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, where he
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, a Bachelor of Science degree in
Education, and a Master of Music degree in Music Education.     Upon completing
college, he returned to Winsted to accept a teaching position at The Gilbert School.  
He has taught at the school for the past ten years where he teaches three different
choruses and the music theory program.  In addition, he is the Music Department
Coordinator.  He has also been music director for the Boar's Head Festival for eleven
Mr. Atkins has been seen in many performances throughout the area as a soloist,
director and singer.  He has sung with various groups such as
Gaudeamus, Leading Tone (an eight member a cappella group), Waterbury Choral
and the Connecticut Yankee Choral, and is currently singing with
Mr. Atkins enjoys spending his free time working on his new house in Harwinton and
relaxing with his wife Jennifer, sons Nicholas & Christopher, and daughter Elizabeth
and their two cats.


CYNTHIA ESEPPI RINES has been entertaining audiences with her music for over 25
years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Piano Performance from St. Joseph
College, where she also studied voice, guitar and organ. She is currently the
accompanist for Laurel City Singers and The Gilbert School, and a member of the
local bluegrass gospel group,
Mad River Crossing. and the Rivertones. She also
plays at various churches and coffeehouses. She enjoys many types of music, but
especially bluegrass gospel. Cynthia is a self-employed CPA and lives in West
Hartland with her husband Jeff.

Administrative Assistants:

 has celebrated life through her love of music. Besides being a tin
whistle and hand-drumming enthusiast, she is a member/co-founder of Laurel City
Singers, directs the First Church Youth Music program.  Mrs. Storrs was Administrator
and Bookkeeper for Joyful Noise, a choral organization which had oversight on the
activities of the well know children's choir, Chorus Angelicus, and
Gaudeamus, the
adult chamber choir.  For the past 12 years has served as Director of the
Head Festival
, sponsored by First Church of Winsted.  She enjoys music in many
forms, and is a member of the bluegrass gospel group,
Mad River Crossing, and the
Debbie is currently Accounting Assistant at Northwest Community Bank, and resides
in Torrington with her husband Gary.  

Denise has been with LCS since its inception 13 years ago. Besides LCS, she has
been singing in the choir at the Church of Christ for 19 years. Member of the Music
Committee at Church of Christ and is Treasurer of the Memorial Committee.  
Participated in the BH for the last 13 years.

Denise is the Development Assistant at Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington.
Married for 27 years.

Moderator:  Cindy Rines
Secretary:  Denise Torson
Treasurer:  Debbie Storrs
Financial Secretary:  Brian Tassinari
Artistic Director:  Adam Atkins
Jackie Coppa
John Eggeirng
“YEE HAW – COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW” featuring the Laurel City
Singers will be presented on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM
at First Church of Winsted, 95 N Main St.  With the help of Country
Western Band “The Tumbleweeds” (John Barrett-bass, Dwight O’Neil-
guitar and vocals, Andy Gordon-banjo and pedal steel guitar, Jay
Bradley – drums) and old time fiddler Tim Woodbridge, this concert will
bring out your inner hillbilly! Admission is $8-seniors, $10-adults, or
hey, just bring the whole durn family for only $20! Tickets may be
purchased at the door or in advance by calling 860-379-8966. For a
knee-slappin’-barn-storm’n’ -honky-tonkin- yee-hawin good time, y’all
put on your best overalls, shine up them pointy boots, hitch the team
up to the buckboard and come on down to YEE HAW COUNTRY