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Laurelyn Dossett

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by Mike Harris, UNCG Alumni Magazine
She’s out of her comfort zone. Those earlier plays had an Appalachian and gospel feel. She grew up with those sounds. Not this one. She’s had to research and explore, to “hunt and peck” as she says, soaking up Caribbean music and Celtic reels and sea chanties. “I need to get it in a pirate language.”

What had she known about Blackbeard? “I didn’t even know he was real. I thought it was like Paul Bunyan.”

She soon came to know more than most about the pirate who inspired terror from the Caribbean to the North Carolina coast. Ocracoke and Bath, where he knew the royal governor, were two of his old haunts.

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Dossett is a mountain-top troubadour, a vibrant soprano who sounds like a blend of Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch. She makes music from on high. - Go Triad

Statewide survey name Brother Wolf and Beautiful Star the best theatre of 2006 in North Carolina. Best Original Music by Laurelyn Dossett: "The appealing patina of Appalachian roots music in Laurelyn Dossett's original scores to Brother Wolf and Beautiful Star did not disguise a mind awake and actively interrogating the stories from the Good Book. Rhiannon Giddens' banjo and vocals gave particular savor to the latter work." - The Independent


Solo 2009: "Stages"
Theatre soundtracks: Brother Wolf 2006, Beautiful Star 2006, Bloody Blackbeard 2009, Providence Gap scheduled for 2010.
Polecat Creek cds: Salt Sea Bound 2001, Leaving Eden 2004, Ordinary Seasons 2007



Singer and songwriter Laurelyn Dossett was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in a hymn-singing family. A short time after her 3 young daughters were too big to bounce on her hip, Dossett picked up the guitar and founded the band Polecat Creek with singing partner Kari Sickenberger. Since then, Dossett has made her mark penning tunes like a lyrical historian, writing and performing music in a traditional style for today's innovative musicians, storytellers, and playwrights.
With Polecat Creek, Laurelyn has recently appeared on Prairie Home Companion and at Merlefest 2009. She recently toured with the North Carolina Symphony singing her original song Remember My Name from Triad Stage's Bloody Blackbeard. She is currently working on her fourth collaboration with playwright Preston Lane, and has several writing and recording projects planned for 2009 - 2011, including a song cycle for the North Carolina Symphony. For more information go to and