Laurelyn Dossett & Friends

Laurelyn Dossett & Friends

Laurelyn Dossett & Friends, w Jason Sypher, Scott Manring, Eddie Walker,Eric Robertson, Molly McGinn.

Laurelyn Dossett is bringing a great band to the Haw River Ballroom! Stalwarts of the NC music scene Eddie Walker, Scott Manring and Molly McGinn will be joined by Brooklyn based Jason Sypher and NC-native-now-New-Yorker Eric Roberston. They are all fired up and ready to go….

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. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, she co-founded Polecat Creek with singing partner Kari Sickenberger in 1997. Laurelyn is a frequent performer at regional music festivals such as Merlefest and has been a guest on the radio show Prairie Home Companion. She has toured with folk legend Alice Gerrard and songwriter Diana Jones, and premiered composer Kenneth Frazelle's song cycle, "Songs in the Rear View Mirror," in 2010, and has toured with the North Carolina Symphony in 2009 and 2011.

In recent years Laurelyn has partnered with Triad Stage's Preston Lane on four plays featuring regional folklore and original music: Brother Wolf (2006), Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (2006), Bloody Blackbeard (2008) and Providence Gap (2010). An adaptation of Bloody Blackbeard toured NC schools in 2009, and both Brother Wolf and Beautiful Star are published by Playscripts and have gone on to have professional productions in cities across the U.S. A song from Brother Wolf, "Anna Lee," was featured on Levon Helm's Grammy-winning record, Dirt Farmer, is included in the documentary film about Helm's life, called "Ain't in it for my Health," and is featured on the 2011 Grammy-winning cd Levon Helm's "Ramble at the Ryman."

Commissioned by the North Carolina Symphony, Dossett and the symphony premiered her new song cycle, “The Gathering: A Winter's Tale in Six Songs, in November 2011. She performed with singer and fiddler Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, legendary Nashville mandolinist Mike Compton, and North Carolina’s own banjo virtuoso, Joe Newberry. The accompanying cd, "The Gathering," was released to critical acclaim, including top holiday picks from the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and USA Today.

Laurelyn is currently writing the songs for a new play with Preston Lane; Snow Queen will premiere in December 2013. The two have also received an NEA grant for another play to be produced in 2014. She spent much of 2012 in a composition/performance collaboration with violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), which involved writing and recording a cd as well as fall residencies and performances at five North Carolina universities. December marked another tour with “The Gathering.” Her song "Leaving Eden" is the title track of the Carolina Chocolate Drops current Grammy-nominated release.

Roger Gupton

A singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist and producer, Roger has lent his skills onstage and on record to some of North Carolina's finest artists, including Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown, Tres Chicas), Kenny Roby (Six String Drag) and The Backsliders. After seeing him perform with The Backsliders on MountainStage, Cindy Bullens (a two time Grammy nominee, who's worked with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt & Emmylou Harris) invited Roger to tour and back her up on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He was then tapped by Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) to play bass and sing in Darren's critically acclaimed solo project Hotel Lights. Roger's tenure included lots of touring, and co-writes on an album and an EP, both recorded at David Lowrey's Sound of Music studios in Richmond, VA. He left the band to pursue his own muse.

A General Round winner of the 2010 MountainStage NewSong contest, and listed as one of Indie Music Reviewer's Top 25 Acoustic Indie Artists of 2012, Roger's melody-driven writing style mines both 70's popcraft for its harmonic sensibilities and 90's Britpop for its broad soundscapes. He has released an EP and captivated audiences with songs of quiet intensity, performing his music solo, in a duo with pedal steel virtuoso Allyn Love (Mount Moriah, Jeanne Jolly), and with various combos, including one featuring Grant Emerson and Mike McKee of Sire Records recording artists Delta Rae.

HIs current band includes Allyn Love, Rob Clay and Chad Barger (Cravin Melon), and Sam Clowny (Parklife). Roger is planning the release of his debut album in 2014.

$18.00 - $20.00

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Laurelyn Dossett & Friends with Roger Gupton

Friday, September 6 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Haw River Ballroom