Produced at Chapel Hill's Arbor Ridge Studios, this 2010 Advent EP sought to encourage collaboration of local artists in the arrangement and performance of some classic Christmas hymns and spirituals. Each tune is an interpretation of a timeless text that heralds the birth of the Christ. Featured artists include: producer Jeff Crawford (Mandolin Orange, The Old Ceremony), Emily Frantz & Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Brett Harris (the dB's), Skylar Gudasz & Josh Moore, and Mark Simonsen (TOC). The result is a varied yet consistent product, with each musician putting a unique stamp on their particular song. Every track is an attempt in some way to put some of the timelessness these songs into a form that makes sense now. In 2012, Music from the Gathering Church released an even more ambitious full-length hymns record with many more guests received with great local acclaim (be sure to check that out at bandcamp). Enjoy this surprising sacred music.
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