The Sound of the North Fork: Points East

Points East at their Northforker July photo shoot at Treiber Farms in Peconic. (Credit: David Benthal)

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Family band Points East — which is made up of brother/sister duo Brian and Heather Cummings and their dad Keith — developed its own brand of Americana meets Indie folk sound organically over the years. From casual jam sessions at family gatherings to widely seen performances at local vineyards, restaurants and festivals, the trio continues to gain recognition.  

The entire family has been involved with music from a young age, whether formally playing in high school band or chorus, or picking up instruments and experimenting. Points East made its debut on the North Fork music scene in 2010 on a whim. While father and son Keith and Brian Cummings were casually playing guitars at a backyard barbecue, they were asked to perform at Billy’s by the Bay in Greenport, which earned them another show at Corey Creek Vineyards the following Tuesday. 

Keith’s daughter, Heather Cummings, soon joined in, and the following summer Points East booked every weekend. The band performs originals and fresh takes on covers with a focus on vocals and harmony, reflective of the family’s love for singing with one another.

“The most fun can be when we take on a certain song and apply our own personality through our instruments, melody and harmonies,” said Keith Cummings. “Music has always brought our family together; each person bringing their own talent, including the best clappers! The song immediately takes on a life of its own.”

The band is also frequently accompanied by Taylor Cummings and Steve Shaughnessy.

In their words:

“Family is always a priority and music has helped us grow to become even closer over the years as the power of music tends to do. Our style has evolved as we grow together as musicians.”

Musical influences:

Amos Lee, The Band, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac

Upcoming gigs: 

Thursday, July 18

Bedell Cellars

36225 Main Road, Cutchogue 

Friday, July 26

Greenport Harbor Brewery

42155 Main Road, Peconic

For more show dates visit, pointseastmusic.com

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