Flying Cat Music is pleased to present the exquisite folk trio Gathering Time in concert on Sunday, November 17, at the Empire State Railway Museum. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with the door opening at 7:00. Tickets are $13 with RSVP or $15 at the door. For information or reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-688-9453. The museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, NY 12464.
Folk music means different things to different people, especially in the 21st century when travel, the internet, and the explosion of independent recordings allow diverse roots to freely intertwine. For millions of Americans, though, folk music is reminiscent of the early Sixties when folk groups like the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary held sway on the radio airwaves. Soaring three-part harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitars, with melodies begging to be sung by everyone within earshot, created a sound that helped launch what became known as the folk music revival.
Several decades later, it is easy to forget how powerful the folk-trio sound was as offered by the best in the business. It moved a nation and got people singing outside the privacy of their showers. Gathering Time lifts the amnesia and makes that magic live again. Their music is an extension of a golden era and is performed with the spirit of legendary groups from that time. Harmony ruled back then, and Gathering Time excels at it now. John Platt of WFUV praises Gathering Time’s, “harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees.” Bill Hahn, host of “Traditions” on WFDU, puts their music in a historical perspective when he says, “Gathering Time is right up there with the ones we all know — they are the next generation of great trios.”
That comment is borne out by the reaction of today’s folk festival crowds. Gathering Time was chosen as a “Most Wanted” Emerging Artist act by the 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival audience. Despite their historic echoes, Gathering Time is a contemporary band. Much of their material is original and other songs come from the relatively recent past; nevertheless, traditional folk songs still hold an honored place in Gathering Time’s repertoire. For them, it’s all good. Gathering Time sometimes performs specialized shows with themes that include: “the Great Folk-Rock Festival,” “Songs of Hope, Freedom and Conscience,” and “Tribute to the Artists of Woodstock,” — with the latter revolving around the Woodstock Festival.
When looking back on the commercial success of a folk trio like Peter, Paul and Mary, it’s easy to forget that they honed their sound in small coffeehouses and clubs before filling large auditoriums and headlining major festivals. As good as Peter, Paul and Mary were in front of large crowds, the music they made then and the music Gathering Time makes today, sounds its finest in intimate spaces with people clustered close around. The Empire State Railway Museum offers an ideal venue for an evening spent celebrating song with Gathering Time.