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“The Gathering” Holiday concert shines again in Pennsylvania

November 29, 2012


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 Theater
8 to 10 pm

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

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.



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.”


Music online


“The Gathering” reviews

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Mike Compton on Bill Monroe

November 23, 2012


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

Wish you were here, the weather was fine

November 29, 2011


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


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


“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