Featuring seasoned musicianship and improvisation, this Maine-based band offers a unique interpretation of traditional bluegrass and folk music through original and melodic compositions that showcase the wide range of their eclecticism and talents.
The Gather Rounders’ dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace while rooted in the soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter, Caroline Cotter. Along with banjoist Ron Cody, flatpicking guitarist, Lincoln Meyers, fiddler, Eric Lee and upright bassist, Wendy Cody, this group is a powerhouse quintet.
The band came to life in 2013, drawing from the members’ shared love for all things acoustic, folk and bluegrass at a weekly gig at Gather Restaurant in Yarmouth, ME. With a repertoire of original bluegrass and folk and creative covers, the band has expanded to an ever-widening audience and bring a passionate energy to the stage. Individually and collectively they’ve shared stages with the likes of Darol Anger, David Wilcox, Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Loudon Wainwright, John Gorka, Rushad Eggleston, and Jesse Brock, among others.
Together, The Gather Rounders make a brand of modern folk and bluegrass music rooted in tradition yet infused with inventive verve.
The Gather Rounders (www.thegatherrounders.com) based in Portland, ME, features both talented bluegrass and folk music veterans and exciting fresh faces.
Caroline Cotter (lead vocals) (www.carolinecotter.com) is a singer-songwriter based in Portland, ME. Her debut album, Dreaming as I Do, released in February 2015, reached #5 on the national Folk DJ charts with a #2 song, Bella Blue. Whether performing solo or with The Gather Rounders, Caroline’s captivating soprano voice lends itself to an eclectic repertoire of folk, bluegrass, swing, and world music.
Ron Cody (banjo)(www.roncody.com) is a genre-defying banjoist with recordings that have been featured on All Things Considered, The Thistle and the Shamrock and Sirius Radio Bluegrass. Renowned banjoist Tony Trischka adds about his playing- “Ron can hit from all sides.” Ron writes a bi-monthly column, “The Melodic Side of Things” for Banjo Newsletter.
Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Eric Lee (fiddle) (www.themusicofericlee.com) has performed in countless circumstances, from conducting and performing in pit orchestras of musicals to accompanying folk and bluegrass legends including John Gorka and Peter Rowan. At 18, Eric joined Pete and Maura Kennedy’s psychedellic folk-rock band, The Strangelings, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where he still performs as a member of the House Band. In addition to being a solo artist and sideman, Lee is a sought-after session player, lending both original string arrangements and his unique sensitivity to numerous albums of all genres across the northeast.
Lincoln Meyers (guitar, vocals) an award-winning guitarist who has been playing professionally for 30 years, 18 of them in New England, has toured for years with national bands Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The April Verch Band. Lincoln has been featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and currently teaches guitar at 317 Main Street Community Music Center in Yarmouth, ME.
Wendy Cody (upright bass) has performed throughout the northeast as part of the venerable New England Bluegrass Band and has recorded with musical luminaries such as Darol Anger, Heather Masse, Rushad Eggleston, Roland White, Jesse Brock, Mike Block, Grant Gordy and Alex Hargreaves. Together, The Gather Rounders make a unique brand of modern folk & bluegrass music, rooted in tradition yet infused with inventive verve.
ABOUT THE CAFE
You can arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe’s offerings, which include sandwiches/wraps, salads, coffee, teas and pastries as well as beer and wine.
Free parking in the back lot, on street (mind the signage) and two satellite lots.
MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line, or take either the 88 or 90 bus from Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get there from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) via the 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
Bicycle: The Armory is four blocks from the Somerville Community Path.
ABOUT NOTLOB MUSIC
Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
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