Gathering Time is a harmony-laden folk trio whose music sounds even more awesome than their name.
I recently heard them at “Joni in the Lobby,” a Joni Mitchell tribute put on by Live in the Lobby ( http://www.liveinthelobby.org ), featuring nothing but local, independent artists from Long Island. They were the first act on a loud, crowded night, and they silenced the place.
The secret’s in the harmonies. These guys blend like cake batter. They played “Help Me,” “Free Man In Paris,” and “Coyote” (an awesome, off-beat choice), but they pretty much rocked my socks off with “Raised on Robbery.” The song perfectly showcased their three-part powerhouse vocals.
Anyway, I’m talking about covers from an amazing original band. What’s my problem? Their CD, Songs of Hope and Freedom, is available from CD Baby ( http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gatheringtime ) and it’s full of the sort of original folk songs that you want to listen to on a long drive when you’re thinking about your past.
Before I ever heard these guys, I met and heard Glen Roethel and Stuart Markus separately, making the rounds of the singer/songwriter scene on Long Island. I knew the name of, but had never met or heard, Hilary Foxsong, until I saw the three of them play together one night unexpectedly. I’m here to tell you that they’ve formed a beautiful sound that is bigger and different than the sum of its parts. Stuart’s folk-from-the-heart style meets Hilary’s smokey, been-around-the-block-but-I-still-have-a-heart sound; which meets Glen’s my-heart-burns-with-more-light-than-your-grandmother’s-and-I-play-some-badass-solos thing; and something special and distinct from all three emerges.
Anyway, they’ve been making a name for themselves in folk circles all over the place, not just on the Island. You can next see them in Brooklyn in December 10th at the Good Coffee House–and supporting Long Island artists in the city means a lot to them, guys, trust me. For more dates both closer and farther from home, check out http://www.gatheringtimetrio.com/