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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

Joe Newberry “On This Christmas Day”

November 24, 2012

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

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.

Mike Compton on Bill Monroe

November 23, 2012

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

Honey, put down that grammy and come to dinner.

October 29, 2012

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The Gathering string band kicks off the 2012 tour at Triad Stage November 23 and 24
Award-winning musicians pause for the holidays to gather again

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Thanksgiving Weekend!
Friday, November 23 and Saturday November 24
GREENSBORO, NC
Triad Stage
8 to 10 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

GREENSBORO, NC—Since “The Gathering” debut last year with the North Carolina Symphony, the band’s musicians have been touring, making records, scooping up awards, and fighting amendments.

Now, “The Gathering” is on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Record. With the holidays approaching, the band is gathering again — coming off state, national, and world tours to play with the project — and to kick off the holiday 2012 tour with two performances at Triad Stage in Greensboro, November 23 and 24.

“The Gathering” string band performed songs from the record last year to a sold out house at Triad Stage. This year, Triad Stage will host two shows.

The 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.

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)
Dossett is on tour and available over the phone, or in Greensboro November 3-6 and 18-24

“String of Pearls” featuring Rhiannon Giddens and Laurelyn Dossett

December 8, 2011

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String of Pearls, with Rhiannon Giddens and Laurelyn Dossett from Laurelyn Dossett on Vimeo.

We filmed this in my backyard on one of those warmer fall nights in North Carolina. You can still hear the cicadas in the background.

Special thanks to Harvey Robinson and Carolyn deBerry who came over for some gumbo that night, and brought their cameras and talent (psst … save the monkeywhale).

And please, join us for the last show of 2011 in New York City. Gather your friends and family and join us.

Saturday, December 17 in New York, NY
Roots/Americana Holiday Concert at the Winery with Laurelyn, Rhiannon, Joe, Mike and Jason for one night only.
New York, NY
citywinery.com
Order tickets and reserve your seat

Holiday Stars

November 29, 2011

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Purchase “The Gathering” online

“It’s what the holidays were before shopping and Irving Berlin.”
Wall Street Journal

“They bring a breath of fresh, pine-scented air to an intensely crowded field.”
3 stars
Los Angeles Times

“A goosebump inducing ‘O Holy Night,’ stripped down to just standup bass and voice, is alone worth the price, but this classy offering is a much needed alternative to the typically overwrought fare that clogs the season’s racks.”
4 stars
American Songwriter Magazine

“It’s a fresh approach to wintry music, with mountain-music instrumentation and crystalline harmonies.”

4 1/2 stars

San Antonio Express News

“Collections of Appalachian holiday tunes have come along before, but one of the finest is now ‘The Gathering,’”

4 1/2 stars

Chicago Sun-Times

Jason Sypher and Rhiannon Gidden’s “O Holy Night” featured in USA Today’s Holiday Playlist
USA Today

“This sublime folk quintet out of Raleigh, N.C., have created a holiday gem …’The Gathering’ is a must-hear for stringband aficionados.”
Press Citizen

“If it’s one and done, this quintet made it count for this Yuletide and for Yuletides yet to come.”
The Bluegrass Special

“Perfect with a glass of bourbon.”
Jazz Wax

Luminating: Our first review

November 5, 2011

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“Welcome departure from the usual acoustic holiday fare, ‘The Gathering’ brings together several luminaries from the bluegrass and Appalachian folk worlds—including Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Laurelyn Dossett of Polecat Creek and Mike Compton of the Nashville Bluegrass Band—for a set of Dossett-penned originals and underplayed American hymns like ‘I Wonder As I Wander’ and ‘Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn.’ Dossett’s light-hearted ‘Redbird,’ a finely detailed paean to a holiday family gathering, is one of many highlights, as is Compton’s gorgeously intricate take on the Bill Monroe instrumental, ‘Old Ebenezer Scrooge.’”

Atlanta Metromix

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