709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Laurelyn Dossett & the bennys

May 11, 2017  ·  Thursday * 8pm * NO Cover

About Laurelyn Dossett
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 has toured with Rhiannon Giddens, folk legend Alice Gerrard and composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. She premiered composer Kenneth Frazelle’s song cycle, Songs in the Rear View Mirror, and has toured with the North Carolina Symphony.  She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and at various music festivals with Polecat Creek, a band she co-founded with Kari Sickenberger.

Laurelyn has taught songwriting and singing at the Augusta Heritage Center, as well as at many universities, workshops and festivals. She is the 2012 recipient of the Betty Cone Medal of Arts, the 2010 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for songwriting, 2004 winner of the Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest, and a 2010 fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She lives in Greensboro, NC.

About the bennys
NC music veterans, Rebecca Newton, Barry Gray, Wes Collins, Mike Babyak and FJ Ventre joined musical forces to create the folk/americana band “the bennys” in 2016.  Each are songwriters/singers/players with gobs of experience and notoriety. The band performs originals and carefully curated covers from artists such as Gretchen Peters, Patty Griffin, and fellow NC musicians.  They’re vocal virtuosity along with guitars, mandolin, lap steel, bass, and interesting electric stringed instruments reflect strong energy and all around stellar musicianship.

Barry Gray – Greymatter, Triad Songwriter of the Year 2016
Wes Collins – Kerrville New Folk Winner 2015
Rebecca Newton – Rebecca & the Hi-Tones, Pinky and Duke, The Gig Crashers, and deemed a NC music impresario by columnist Jack Bernhardt.
Mike Babyak – Triple Fret and the guy sitting down playing on the stage at every major event in the Triangle.
FJ Ventre – The Swang Bros, Rebecca & the Hi-Tones, Jon Shain, the list is too long to print.