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Rhiannon Giddens and Laurelyn Dossett: “Leaving Eden” nominated for Best Folk Album

December 11, 2012

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Laurelyn Dossett and Rhiannon Giddens

Congratulations to the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens, and Laurelyn Dossett

The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ title track and song “Leaving Eden” has a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album!

The song was written by The Gathering band’s singer and songwriter Laurelyn Dossett. This weekend, Dossett and Giddens will perform together again for the remaining shows in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Dossett and Giddens first worked together in 2006 when Dossett cast the Greensboro-based fiddler and singer in the Triad Stage holiday play, “Beautiful Star.” Dossett wrote and found Old Time and Bluegrass songs for the holiday play written by Preston Lane.

The pair have remained close friends ever since.

“I could not be happier that my old song has a new life,” Dossett said about Rhiannon’s version of her song, “Leaving Eden,” and the album’s Grammy nomination. “They do such a beautiful version.”

The Gathering also reunites power-Bluegrass duo Mike Compton and Joe Newberry. Up-right bass player Jason Sypher rounds out the quintet for this special holiday project.

Thursday, December 13
SELLERSVILLE, PA
Sellersville Theater
8 to 10 pm
Tickets

Friday, December 14
CARLISLE, PA
Carlisle Theater
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets

Saturday, December 15
RALEIGH, NC
PineCone Concerts Series
8 to 10 pm
Tickets
Or call (919) 664-8302

Sunday, December 16
WINGATE, NC
The Batte Center, Wingate University
4 to 6 pm
Tickets

CD on sale at CD Baby, Amazon, itunes and at www.gatheringsongs.com

A final Gathering in December

December 3, 2012

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Saturday, December 15
RALEIGH, NC
PineCone Concerts Series
8 to 10 pm
Tickets
Or call (919) 664-8302

Sunday, December 16
WINGATE, NC
The Batte Center, Wingate University
4 to 6 pm
Tickets

GREENSBORO, NC—With sold-out shows over Thanksgiving weekend at Triad Stage, “The Gathering” band will finish a string of holiday performances in Raleigh and Charlotte. The quintet debuted the holiday Americana music show last year with new and original Bluegrass and Appalachian songs, as well as an original song cycle written for the North Carolina Symphony by Grammy-winning songwriter Laurelyn Dossett.

A string band recording of the music – featuring a band of today’s top Bluegrass and Old Time musicians – received high praise from national media. The Wall Street Journal said “It’s what the holidays were before shopping and Irving Berlin,” and American Songwriter magazine gave the record 4 stars.

Now, “The Gathering” is on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Record.

performers

Laurelyn Dossett, singer and songwriter, picked up the 2012 Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award from the United Arts Council. Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops recorded and titled their 2012 release with Dossett’s song, “Leaving Eden.” Dossett is currently touring in North Carolina for “The Collide,” a collaborative record with Boston-based musician Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Rhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter and fiddle player penned songs for the T. Bone Burnett produced soundtrack “The Hunger Games.” Giddens is currently touring with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Joe Newberry, singer, songwriter, rhythm guitar, picked up the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Best Gospel Song for “Singing as We Rise,” recorded by Bluegrass legends The Gibson Brothers and Ricky Skaggs.

Mike Compton, mandolin, is a grammy award winner and nominated IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year. A mainstay on the bluegrass circuit for the past 35 years, Mike has over 110 albums to his credit. Recent projects include National Ransom with Elvis Costello, and a recent solo cd project “Rotten Taters.”

Jason Sypher, upright bass, performs and records with Irish musicians such as Grammy winning vocalist Susan McKeown and toured briefly with top irish group Lunasa.

MEDIA

Video | Watch Laurelyn Dossett and Rhiannon Giddens perform “String of Pearls,” recorded by filmmaker Harvey Robinson 

Photos | Download high resolution photos of the band from the Web site, gatheringsongs.com

Music clips | “Lights in the Lowlands,” embed from soundcloud.com

Contact Laurleyn Dossett at lgdossett@gmail.com
Video and song clips available online (links below)

Three generations together at The Gathering

December 3, 2012

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Greensboro resident Betsy Blake (left to right) with her grandmother and mother. The three women attended The Gathering Saturday matinee at Triad Stage on Thanksgiving weekend.

Greensboro resident Betsy Blake (left to right) with her grandmother and mother. The three women attended the string band performance of “The Gathering” at the Saturday matinee at Triad Stage on Thanksgiving weekend.

Gather your friends and family together for an Americana holiday music performance featuring new and traditional folk and Bluegrass music, and a new song cycle written for the North Carolina Symphony. Hear holiday songs by John Hartford, Bill Monroe, and discover new traditional songs heard only in the Appalachian mountains.

Thursday, December 13
SELLERSVILLE, PA
Sellersville Theater
8 to 10 pm
Tickets

Friday, December 14
CARLISLE, PA
Carlisle Theater
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets

Saturday, December 15
RALEIGH, NC
PineCone Concerts Series
8 to 10 pm
Tickets
Or call (919) 664-8302

Sunday, December 16
WINGATE, NC
The Batte Center, Wingate University
4 to 6 pm
Tickets

“The Gathering” Holiday concert shines again in Pennsylvania

November 29, 2012

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Recent IBMA winner Joe Newberry, Nashville legend Mike Compton, and grammy-winning songwriters Laurelyn Dossett and Rhiannon Giddens join bass wizard Jason Sypher for a holiday show of original and traditional bluegrass music.

Thursday, December 13
SELLERSVILLE, PA
Sellersville Theater
8 to 10 pm
Tickets

Friday, December 14
CARLISLE, PA
Carlisle Theater
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets

GREENSBORO, NC—With sold-out shows over Thanksgiving weekend at Triad Stage, “The Gathering” band is heading north for performances in the Pennsylvania area playing songs from its highly praised holiday recording, “The Gathering.” The holiday record is also on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album.

Laurelyn Dossett, the project’s songwriter and performer, is a Penn State graduate, who lived in Campbelltown. Dossett was commissioned by the NC Symphony to create “The Gathering.” Grammy-winning musician Levon Helm recorded Dossett’s song, “Anna Lee,” and the Carolina Chocolate Drops recorded and titled their 2012 release with Dossett’s song, “Leaving Eden.”

Rhiannon Giddens singer, songwriter and fiddle player penned songs for the T. Bone Burnett produced soundtrack “The Hunger Games.” Giddens is currently touring with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Joe Newberry picked up the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Best Gospel Song for “Singing as We Rise,” recorded by Bluegrass legends The Gibson Brothers and Ricky Skaggs.

Mike Compton, mandolin, is a Grammy winning artist, and nominated IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year. A mainstay on the bluegrass circuit for the past 35 years, Mike has over 110 albums to his credit. Recent projects include National Ransom with Elvis Costello, and a recent solo cd project “Rotten Taters.”

Jason Sypher, upright bass, performs and records with Irish musicians such as Grammy winning vocalist Susan McKeown and toured briefly with top Irish group Lunasa.

“The Gathering” holiday recording received high praise last year from national media. The Wall Street Journal said “It’s what the holidays were before shopping and Irving Berlin,” and American Songwriter magazine gave the record 4 stars.

MEDIA

Video

Watch Laurelyn Dossett and Rhiannon Giddens perform “String of Pearls,” recorded by filmmaker Harvey Robinson.

Mike Compton talks about the dancer’s influence in Bill Monroe’s legendary mandolin style and plays Monroe’s song “Ebenezer Scrooge.”

Jason Sypher creates a “swampy” bass rhythm in “Christ Was Born on Christmas Day,” bringing together the tuba and jug sounds from heard in NOLA’s “second line” rhythms.

IBMA award winning songwriter Joe Newberry performs “On This Christmas Day.”

Photos

Music online

 

“The Gathering” reviews

Contact Laurelyn Dossett via email at lgdossett@gmail.com

Upright Bass player Jason Sypher

November 25, 2012

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“The Gathering” this December in Pennsylvania. Tickets and information available online.

Thursday, December 13
SELLERSVILLE, PA
Sellersville Theater
8 to 10 pm
Tickets

Friday, December 14
CARLISLE, PA
Carlisle Theater
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets

 

Joe Newberry “On This Christmas Day”

November 24, 2012

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“The Gathering” shows continue through December. Find tickets and information online.

Holiday Gatherings

November 24, 2012

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“Everyone has felt in one way or another like the prodigal son or daughter in a family,” Dossett told Go Triad in an interview last year. “Holidays can be a joyous time of reunion but also difficult.”

“There are a lot of images and themes of the connectedness within a family and how individuals and families come together and separate,” Dossett said about writing the song cycle featured on the record.

Read the article online, and discover more holiday music by local musicians in GoTriad.

David Wainer writes about The Gathering in Relish Magazine, Winston-Salem’s weekly arts magazine

November 24, 2012

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by DAVID WAINER

There is something particularly wonderful about Thanksgiving in the South. Drives on long country roads. The crunch of leaves beneath your feet. The smell of burning firewood as it mingles with the best meal of the year.

And for many people, part of their annual pilgrimage home involves music — both religious and secular.

That notion was the genesis for The Gathering, a string-band quintet that features Laurelyn Dossett and Rhiannon Giddens of Greensboro; Mike Compton of Nashville, Tenn.; Joe Newberry of Raleigh; and Jason Sypher of Brooklyn, N.Y.; performing Dossett’s original song cycle, “The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs.” The group will perform at Triad Stage in Greensboro this weekend.

Read the article online.

A special Thanksgiving Day performance on Fox 8

November 24, 2012

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Laurelyn Dossett stopped by the studio at FOX 8 to perform some “Gathering” songs on Thanksgiving morning in Greensboro, NC.

Watch the video on the FOX 8 Web site. The Gathering music performances this weekend at the Greensboro theater kick off the group’s 2012 tour. Triad Stage recently added a Saturday matinee to the sold out weekend performances.

If you didn’t catch the show in Greensboro, tickets are still available at one of the following shows:

Thursday, December 13
SELLERSVILLE, PA
Sellersville Theater
8 to 10 pm
Tickets

Friday, December 14
CARLISLE, PA
Carlisle Theater
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Tickets

Saturday, December 15
RALEIGH, NC
PineCone Concerts Series
8 to 10 pm
Tickets
Or call (919) 664-8302

Sunday, December 16
WINGATE, NC
The Batte Center, Wingate University
4 to 6 pm
Tickets

Mike Compton on Bill Monroe

November 23, 2012

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See “The Gathering” this holiday. Tickets and information online.

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