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Folk Gathering on Center Stage

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Dec 26, 2013 6:51 AM

Saturday, December 28 at 8 p.m. on witf's Center Stage





Bluegrass singer/songwriter  Laurelyn Dossett  is known for her appearance on A Prairie Home Companion with her band Polecat Creek.   When she was commissioned to write a series of holiday songs by the North Carolina Symphony, she recruited a number of other bluegrass stars to perform the pieces with her. 

Rhiannon Giddens,  singer, songwriter and fiddle player, is a founding member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Guitarist Joe Newberry picked up the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Best Gospel Song for “Singing as We Rise.”  Mike Compton, mandolin, is a Grammy winning artist, and nominated IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year. Jason Sypher, upright bass, performs and records with Irish musicians such as Grammy winning vocalist Susan McKeown. 

The title of  Laurelyn's song cycle is The Gathering: A Winter's Tale in Six Songs. The group of performers decided to use it as the basis for a holiday album and a live tour. Different members of the group brought in seasonal music and together created the program. They performed it at the Carlisle Theatre in 2012. They also dropped by the witf studios to talk about the project. 

For this holiday season Center Stage features music from their program, including the entire song cycle and  selections such as "O Holy Night", "Old Ebenezer Scrooge", "On This Christmas Day" and others.



This week's show also features a Center Stage Spotlight on the Celtic band, Cormorant's Fancy, based in the Gettysburg area. They are the house band for the historic Fairfield Inn in Fairfield, PA. They perform live in the witf studio some of their traditional Celtic seasonal pieces. Many of the band members also perform in  the band Dearest Home, which specializes in early American music and music of the Civil War era. They'll be playing some of those holiday pieces as well. Stephen and Beth Folkemer are founding members of both bands. Cormorant's Fancy has a First Night performance coming up on New Year's Eve at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gettysburg.



To round out the evening, the popular Mechanicsburg-based duo, Voxology drops in bringing some of their original holiday tunes. Join us.


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