Jan 25, 2012

Hymns From The Gathering Church Release 1/27 at ArtsCenter in Carrboro

We're very proud to announce that the CD we've recorded, Hymns From The Gathering Church, will be released online, in stores, and with a show at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro on January 27th.  You can stream the whole album here, and starting Friday you can purchase the album at the same link.  Below is more information on the project -

Hymns From The Gathering Church is a collection of traditional but rearranged hymns from the Chapel Hill/Durham church plant The Gathering Church. This album of hymns and spirituals marks the second release from the Gathering Church following 2010’s Christmas Nights, being released locally on January 27th with a release show at the Carrboro ArtsCenter.

Hymns From The Gathering Church furthers the approach taken onChristmas Nights, and expands it to a full-length album. A bevy of local  guest vocalists and musicians, including Phil Cook (Megafaun), Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah), Seth Kauffman (Floating Action), Mandolin Orange, Skylar Gudasz, and Ryan Gustafson, take turns singing and interpreting traditional hymns and spirituals. They join the returning production team of Jeff Crawford, Brett Harris, Nick Jaeger (The Tomahawks), Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony), and James Wallace, as well as musicians in the Gathering Church congregation who volunteered their time and musical talent to the project. With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the album was recorded over the last half of 2011 at Arbor Ridge Studios in Chapel Hill, NC.

The intent of the process of arranging and recording was to collaborate  with other artists, inviting each to help interpret these songs that date back to, and in some cases beyond, the 18th and 19th centuries. The result is a varied yet consistent product, with each artist putting a unique stamp on their particular song.

The Gathering Church began meeting in 2009, and meets at Creekside Elementary School (Durham) every Sunday. The Gathering Church is a group of people who has been gathered (and is being gathered) together by God. Our primary aims are to be present to God in our worship, connected to each other in our relationships, and engaged in loving and serving the world.

Crawford serves as Music Director of the church, with other members of the production crew regularly contributing to the music. In addition to the recorded albums, Music from the Gathering Church also participates in quarterly musical events around Chapel Hill and  Durham, including a Good Friday service and an annual Christmas “Hymn Sing."

This project encapsulates a vision of the music ministry and church at large: to promote more of a conversation than a clash between sacred and secular. Each song is an attempt to put some of the timelessness idiomatic of this music from the past into a form that makes sense for our community in the present. Listening to this record, one might realize that these traditioned tunes can be places of innovation and discovery, or that perhaps even the very ground one is standing on could possibly be "holy ground."


1 Church In The Wildwood 

2  Leaning On The Everlasting Arms with Phil Cook

3  What Wondrous Love Is This with Heather McEntire

4  How Firm A Foundation with Seth Kauffman

5  He Leadeth Me with Brett Harris

6  Be Still My Soul with Skylar Gudasz and William Taylor

7  What A Friend We Have In Jesus

8  Abide With Me with Mark Simonsen

9  Come Thou Font with James Wallace

10 God Be In My Head with Ryan Gustafson

11 Fifty Miles of Elbow Room with Andrew Marlin, Emily Frantz & Josh Moore                         

12 Doxology with Jeff Crawford and James Wallace

Sep 8, 2011

Safe Haven Day Party Compilation now available for free online

In celebration of the Arbor Ridge Studios Day Party this Friday at Hopscotch, we've put together a compilation of music from all the acts playing the Party.   The compilation features songs from albums released in the past year, unreleased songs from future releases, and a few recordings still in progress.  We hope you all enjoy the music

Aug 28, 2011

Arbor Ridge Studios Hopscotch Day Party 9/9/11

We're pleased to formally announce Safe Haven, the Arbor Ridge Studios Hopscotch Day Party, presented in association with Shuffle Magazine and WKNC 88.1 Raleigh.  The event will take place from 12-5pm on Friday, September 9th at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh. 

Musicians will be put into pairs with bands sharing 45 minute sets.  The lineup includes Luego with Wylie Hunter and the Cazadores, followed by Schooner with the Tomahawks, Jeff Crawford with Brett Harris, Birds and Arrows with Skylar Gudasz and the Ugly Girls, and Mandolin Orange with Josh Moore.  In addition, listeners can preview upcoming releases recorded at the Studios for albums being released this Fall and beyond.

For the most up-to-date information on this event, please see our Events page and share it with your friends on Facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you at Hopscotch,


Jun 25, 2011

Gathering Church Hymns record Kickstarter

We'll be writing more about this, but just wanted to drop you all a line and let you know our Kickstarter project for an upcoming full length record of traditional hymns is up and running.  Please donate!  Details to follow, but some are in the lovely video if you follow the link.

Jun 24, 2011

Final Reminder - Arbor Ridge Presents Saturday night at Open Eye Cafe

In the heart of Carrboro - 8pm.  Asthmatic Kitty Records' very own Liz Janes, followed by Jeff Crawford with full band and Skylar Gudasz and the Ugly Girls. You can see the Facebook event page here

See you all out tomorrow night!