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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

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

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.

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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

Wish you were here, the weather was fine

November 29, 2011

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Photo by Justin Catanoso

Photo by Justin Catanoso

“Here was no bland, generic ‘happy holidays’ observance, but a full-throated celebration of the upcoming Christmas season.” Paul D. Williams

CVNC reviews “A Carolina Christmas” with “The Gathering” debut.

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

The last laugh

November 14, 2011

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From a photoshoot with the NC Symphony.

I am laughing because the North Carolina Symphony conductor, Grant Llewellyn, has just joked that I am about to stand there and sing The Gathering with the orchestra for our first rehearsal.

He had the last laugh, he wasn’t joking!

It’s really happening. And tickets are going fast. So please, if you plan to come, order your tickets now. There will be sniffles and laughter, predominately.

Symphony world premier of “The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs” November 25 and 26.
Order tickets online.

Triad Stage performance of music from Beautiful Star and The Gathering, featuring The Gathering string band December 6 at 8 pm.
Tickets available online.

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

The Gathering record available now

November 4, 2011

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Buy the record

Also available on: Amazon | CD Baby | iTunes

Oh, Henry

October 29, 2011

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Laurelyn Dossett O. Henry Magazine

From my front porch, I can almost see the downtown pharmacy where William Sydney Porter (pen name, O. Henry) worked at his Uncle’s drug store.

The writer is among the most read authors in the world, after Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe. Among his quotes:

“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”

This month the new arts magazine in the Piedmont – named after the Greensboro-born writer – featured a story on my new project, “The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs.”

If you see the free magazine around town, please pick up a copy. It’s put together by a talented group of writers, designers, and photographers in the Piedmont. It’s also a perfect sized-magazine; stays steady on your lap with a cup of coffee.

Read the article online, or pick up a copy around O. Henry’s hometown.

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