Live  Music at RVCC

2017 Performances

Coffee House Music Series

 Friday, January 20:  Michael Clem & Thomas Gunn

Charlottesville friends Michael Clem & Thomas Gunn have had a Mutual Admiration Society dating back to 2009.  When NoVA-transplant Clem saw London-born/Berklee-educated Gunn perform in a Live Arts production of "Hank Williams: Lost Highway," an immediate musical kinship was formed.  The two began meeting regularly on Tuesday mornings to run songs by one another and exchange ideas.  Eventually they would share stages in The Michael Clem Trio (along with Rusty Speidel) and with the Batesville rock institution The Pollocks.  In more recent years, the two occasionally retreat back to their duo format, delighting wineries & vineyards throughout Albemarle County with their warm brand of Americana.  With two solo albums, each, between them, this evening promises to be fine intimate showcase of their vast catalogue of originals and thoughtful covers. The show starts at 7:30pm/$7 cover, in the Rockfish Lounge.  Refreshments available.

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Friday, February 17:  Alex Caton & Dick Harrington

Alex and Dick are friends who love old-time Appalachian music, love playing and singing together, and love sharing their music with others. Each of them moved to central Virginia to sweat for PhDs at UVa, Alex in anthropology, Dick in English. Once here, each of them latched onto old-time mountain music like Thom Jefferson to an Albemarle Pippin.

Alex took up piano and violin at the age of 5, and music has been a constant in her life ever since. Born in England, she grew up living in England, Scotland, and America, where her family settled when she was 12. At 20, she stumbled on a precious secret: the traditional fiddle music of Appalachia and Ireland. She’s dedicated her musical life to those two cousins, singing and playing fiddle, banjo, and guitar.

As a boy in South Dakota, Dick learned folk songs from his playful Scots-Irish-American grandma, who called him Dickus, and he sang in youth choirs and a boys’ glee club. He took up guitar in the 1950s and has been singing and playing American roots music ever since. In Charlottesville, about 1976, the archaic fiddle-and-banjo music at the weekly Prism Coffee House jams lured him to ditch other music strains for the traditional music of the Southern Appalachians. He took up the devil’s instrument, fiddle, at the late age of 36.

Separately, Alex and Dick have made numerous recordings with various musicians/bands and performed in numerous states and countries. Some years ago, they met at a big old-time-music festival in West Virginia. Dick says, “It’s been delightful sharing friendship, both musical and personal, with Alex and Dave, her sweet, talented husband, who, like Jefferson, also fiddles.”

In 2013, Alex invited Dick and the Irish phenomenon Pat Egan to play guitar and sing harmony with her on a new recording, “Swimming to Lindsay.” “It showcases,” says Dick, “Alex’s very expressive song writing, singing, and playing. It’s always an honor to play and sing with her.”

Her latest project, Never Take a Daisy Down the Mine, also involving Pat, Dick, and others, is a collection of songs, poems, and tunes that honor both her family history, including forebears who were underground coal miners in the English midlands, and the vanishing miners and mining communities worldwide that have sacrificed so much to provide heat and power.

Alex and Dick are very excited about the upcoming evening of music and camaraderie at RVCC—always a sweet gathering place!

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The show starts at 7:30pm, in the Rockfish Lounge.  $7 cover—refreshments available.

The Wild Geese have all performed together for many years in the Charlottesville Symphony and/or taught at  the University of Virginia. They have all been active musicians in orchestras and chamber music groups in central Virginia, and throughout the US  and in Europe.

Each of The Wild Geese programs offers music from a specific time and place within the European Baroque tradition of the trio sonata repertoire. The current program, titled “Purcell’s London,” explores the soundscape of London during late 17th and early 18th centuries, and examines how its composers came to be so cosmopolitan in their approach to musical composition.  

Members include Susan Black, formerly concertmaster of the Waynesboro Symphony and currently concertmaster of the Virginia Consort Orchestra. Nancy Garlick taught and performed clarinet with the University of Virginia for many years.  Prior to that she played with the New Haven Symphony and taught at The College of Wooster.  Content Sablinsky, keyboardist, also taught at UVA for many years, and was pianist with the New Orleans Symphony. A highly sought-after accompanist, she has appeared in many recitals and was recently invited to adjudicate in China.  Lynanne Wilson, cellist, currently performs with the orchestras of Lynchburg, Shenandoah, the Oratorio Society and Virginia Consort, as well as many chamber music groups. 

Coming March 20: Jim Lilly & SunnySide

Bringing you Pre-Bluegrass, Classic Country and Gospel Music with a generous portion of enthusiasm!

Jim Lilly & SunnySide perform old-time/traditional roots music that spans the years from the 1840s to the 1950s, classic country tunes of the 50s and 60s, and a variety of Gospel tunes. Carol Phillips (autoharp) contributes her love of the Original Carter Family; Jim Lilly (acoustic guitar) adds the flare of his early love for old-time mountain music; and Betty Calvert (bass) brings forth her love of the classic country tunes.  Together this group gives the beauty of old-time music a fresh new twist.

7:30pm, $7 cover, in the Rockfish Lounge.


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