The Gathering December 7, 8:00 pm
The Gathering is a holiday concert featuring Laurelyn Dossett, April Verch, Joe Newberry and Mike Compton. With inspiring vocal harmonies and virtuoso instrumentals, it features a warm mix of original music and traditional Appalachian songs of the season, as well as Dossett’s song cycle, “The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs.”
“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
About the band:
Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter. A longtime and frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he sang with the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session’s debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing As We Rise” won the 2012 IBMA “Gospel Recorded Performance” Award, and he shared the 2013 IBMA “Song of the Year” Award for “They Called It Music” with Eric Gibson.
While April Verch is perhaps best known for playing fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American, classic country, Scandinavian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of traditional sounds. While her fiddle playing is of the “astounding” variety, it’s her multiple artistic talents that allow her to come at her audiences from so many different directions and points of inspiration. Combine that instrumental prowess with soulful singing and stunning stepdancing, and the result is an artist who is basically a force of nature.
Grammy and IBMA award-winning mandolinist, singer, and recording artist Mike Compton has earned “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin…one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere” (Mandolin Magazine). He toured with John Hartford, Nashville Bluegrass Band, and was featured in the soundtracks for, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Cold Mountain”. Wearing his signature pressed blue overalls and rocking and weaving with fluid body motion, Compton stuns not by tricks, but through singing, crowd engagement, and a technique which was honed over decades into a mandolin sound unique to him.
Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary. Her work has appeared in film and television, and has been recorded by Grammy-winning artists such as Levon Helm and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Dossett has partnered with Triad Stage’s Preston Lane on six plays, which feature regional folklore and original music. Her song cycle, The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs, was commissioned by and premiered with the North Carolina Symphony in November 2011.
Tickets are $37, $32, $27, $22 or $17, depending on location.
A $3 facility fee is included in the ticket price. NC sales tax will be added to each ticket.
Guests can opt to have tickets mailed to them for a $1 postage fee, or can pick tickets up at will call for no additional charge.
Please note: There is an additional $3.50 per ticket service fee on web purchases. To avoid this charge, call the Carolina Theatre Box Office at 336-333-2605 (open Monday through Friday, from noon until 5PM), or visit the Carolina Theatre in person.