Internationally touring folk-rock harmony AAA/Americana trio in the spirit of the '60s and beyond.
Playing originals, classic 20th-century and traditional folk.
"Extraordinary singers who follow in the footsteps of The Weavers and Peter Paul & Mary."
For over a decade, Long Island-based folk-rock/Americana/AAA trio Gathering Time (Stuart Markus, Gerry McKeveny, and since 2022 Christine Sweeney) has toured both in the US and internationally, mixing new interpretations of both '60s and '70s classics and old traditional tunes with their strong original songs. Their sound reflects the voicings and arrangements of the genre's pioneers: The Byrds, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, brought into today with an acoustic-electric alchemy all their own.
No less an authority than WFUV's John Platt has written that they are "among the finest performers in the New York metropolitan area, whatever the size of the venue, from a house concert to an outdoor festival," with "harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees, strong original songs, and a savvy repertoire of cover songs, ranging from traditional folk to classic rock. They appeal to audiences of all ages."
In addition to concerts of original music, Gathering Time performs specialty shows such as the Great ‘60s Folk-Rock Festival, featuring classics of the '60s & ‘70s that speak to the issues of today; tributes to the genre’s exemplars, CSN, Peter, Paul & Mary and Joni Mitchell; Songs of Conscience, focused on songs of social justice; Love Songs of the ‘60s, WinterFolk, and Jews Who Rock, showcasing the work of famous Jewish songwriters and musicians.
Gathering Time's first single, a 2007 remake of Peter Yarrow's "Light One Candle," was spun on stations ranging from NYC's top-rated WCBS-FM to Israel's Galilee region; their first CD, Songs of Hope and Freedom, won wide acceptance on folk stations nationwide. The trio's second CD, Red Apples and Gold, rose to #5 on the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ chart in September, 2012 finishing at #19 on for the year; on the national Roots Music Report radio charts it placed #12 for the month and #76 for the year.
Their third album When One Door Closes... reached #3 on the Folk DJ chart in January 2014.
The trio's 2016 release Keepsake debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ Album Chart for March 2016, with their cover of Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” the #1 song, five more songs in the Top 25, and the group as the #1 artist for the month. The album charted at #4 for the year.
Since then they've followed up with four top-5 singles: "Tanglewood Tree" (Dave Carter), #3 in March 2017; and a joint 2-song release with Mara Levine, "By My Silence" (Bukstel/Annis) and "Too Far to Turn Back Now," (Markus), #1 and #4 in September 2017.
Gathering Time's most recent release, Old Friends, features GT-flavored interpretations of classic '60s and '70s songs by artists who influenced the trio: The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, CSN, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, and many others. It too produced a #1 single, “Get Together” (Chet Baker) in July 2020, and took the #1 album and artist slots on the FAI Folk DJ Chart for September of that year.
As the nation began emerging from the pandemic shutdown, founding member Hillary Foxsong retired from her day job and eventually from the trio as well. Stepping into her considerable footprints is Christine Sweeney, a noted singer-songwriter and guitarist on the Long Island scene who is a familiar -- and a powerful! -- voice to many on the wider folk circuit.
"When they harmonize, some sort of fundamental, cosmic concordance occurs that makes you very happy that you have ears."
Bob McKillop, mainefolkmusic.com
"Gathering Time is right up there with the ones we all know -- they are the next generation of great trios with meaningful music performed in awesome harmony."
Bill Hahn, WFDU 89.1FM "Traditions"
"Keepsake... is often philosophical, sometimes sentimental, but ALWAYS wrapped in their magical harmonies! The new CD is certain to incite a goosebumps attack!"
Joltin' Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere, WMSC, Montclair NJ
"Tight harmonies, interesting arrangements, not only of their own songs, but of some surprising tunes as well. ... Gathering Time is on the rise.”
Wanda Fischer, WAMC Hudson Valley Radio, Schenectady NY