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Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver holiday celebration performance at Wingate University

11/21/2011
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Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
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Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer 704-233-8320 k.williams@wingate.edu

Wingate, N.C. – Called “the most dynamic bluegrass band ever,” Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver bring traditional bluegrass to the Batte Center’s McGee Theatre for one memorable holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

One of the top mandolin players in bluegrass music since the early days of his career in the 1960s, Lawson incorporated traditional gospel quartet singing into his music after forming his own band, Quicksilver, and honed his unique bluegrass-gospel sound to a remarkable intensity. Lawson, winner of The National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, has garnered no less than 14 International Bluegrass Music Awards, four Grammy nominations, and four Dove Award nominations.

Doyle Lawson was born April 20, 1944 in Fordtown, Tenn., near the city of Kingsport. His father sang in a gospel quartet, and he was attracted to both gospel and bluegrass music as a child. By the time he reached his teens, he could play mandolin, banjo and guitar, but captivated by Bill Monroe's playing, he specialized in the former. His professional career began in 1963 playing banjo with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1979, Lawson formed Quicksilver which some have called "the farm team of bluegrass."Alumni have gone on to play for IIIrd Tyme Out, Mountain Heart, Continental Divide and Ricky Skaggs' band Kentucky Thunder.

Tickets are $25 and on sale via the Batte Center box office, www.battecenter.org, and the CarolinaTix phone room and website. For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices, as well as membership information call 704-233-8300.
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short, 5 minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just two blocks off of Highway 74 and 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.