Rebecca Newton, Danny Gotham, and Lanelle Davis
October 11, 2015 · 5-7pm/NO Cover
Come out for an evening of great playing and singing with Danny Gotham, Rebecca Newton, and LaNelle Davis!
“Some folks may hail a landmark birthday by skydiving or visiting Machu Picchu. Chapel Hill musician Danny Gotham celebrated his 60th by recording “Repast,” a 32-track double CD featuring a host of his musical friends. Gotham is a well-known guitar and mandolin teacher who’s recorded and performed with a who’s who of Triangle-area musicians. He’s also toured with Peter Ostroushko, former music director for public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Ostroushko is one of 39 guest musicians featured on “Repast.”” – Jack Bernhart, & NewsObserver.com review
Rebecca Newton‘s music career began in 1975 with her first band, “Mother Country” – a bluegrass, country band based in North Carolina. In 1978 she played in a 4-piece swing band (un-creatively) named “Rebecca & Friends.” Mid 1981 she and co-writer Keith Guile put together “Rebecca & the Hi-Tones,” still a North Carolina institution after 30 years. The Hi-Tones are a 7-piece swing/jazz/r&b band containing the “core four” members from 1981. Rebecca has been commissioned by National Public Radio to write and produce feature music for “All Things Considered,” and was mentored by Tony Award winning playwright Jim Wann (Diamond Studs, Pump Boys & Dinettes).
LaNelle Davis, an eastern NC native, didn’t come to the playing of old-time music as most people do – she came by way of dance and square dance calling. Drawn to the percussive sounds of the clogging teams she heard and saw at early 1970s bluegrass festivals, Davis sought out teachers of the steps and routines. After touring and performing extensively as a dancer and caller during the 1980s, her interest turned to music when a friend moved away and left a bass at her house. She credits her love of the percussive rhythm of dance with her affinity for bass playing. Known for her full-on, driving bass lines and singing, she has performed and recorded with numerous prize winning and nationally known old-time bands and individuals. Retired after a 30 year career in social work, Davis now spends her time playing music and making mosaic sculptures and murals.