December 3, 2012
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Video and song clips available online (links below)