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[2010 -2011]


 September 11, 2010 - Ronny Cox with Jack Williams




Ronnny Cox -






Jack Williams -








 Friday night, October 1, 2010A special Friday evening show in collaboration with the Columbia Museum of Art 





    The Nora Jane Struthers band -










photo by: Punam Bean -Website



 Saturday, October 16, 2010   

Mike and Ruthy -

 "One blissful rockin’ voice, a musical duo not to be missed."

               - The Valley Voice (Sep 23, 2010)
"Part of a wave of new bands that are hip and edgy, but embrace acoustic instruments, songs with stories, songs with meaning, not just techno-blabber aimed at an instant-gratification society that shuns depth."
John Barry - of the Poughkeepsie Journal (Jan 22, 2010)

"Nothing is quite so innocently charming as an amorous singing duo. From Sonny and Cher to Johnny and June, the history of popular music is littered with matrimonial musical mates. So it is that we reintroduce Hudson Valley-based duo Mike and Ruthy, formerly of alt-folk darlings The Mammals. Their 2008 debut, the aptly titled Honeymoon Agenda, was well received by numerous regional press outlets — including this one — for its striking collection of harmony-laden, indie-tinged Americana. The pair’s latest effort, Waltz of the Chickadees, mostly picks up where that disc left off, except for one thing: It’s even better. Fall in love all over again this Thursday, June 11, at The Skinny Pancake in Burlington. "


                                                                            - Seven Days, Burlington, VT (Jun 11, 2009)



Saturday, November 5, 2010   

(Photo - Girlyman website)

Girlyman has played since its inception with " long opening runs with the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Girlyman quickly became a strong headliner in its own right, and now plays in every corner of the country to intensely loyal “girlyfans” who often travel hundreds of miles to see shows. Girlyman sells out renowned venues such as The Barns at Wolftrap, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, The Ark, and The Freight and Salvage. They also frequent festival main stages,making a huge splash this past year at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, the Kate Wolf Memorial Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, to name a few. 

 "Girlyman knows how to sing and entertain. They make it seem easy." - Doug Rule, Metro Weekly, October 8, 2009.


 (Photo from Whiskey Tango website)


Whisky Tango Revue -


"Columbia quintet Whiskey Tango Revue is easily more akin to outlaw country iconoclasts like Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Johnny Cash and honky-tonk forefathers like Hank Williams than contemporary alt-country outfits ..This group tonks the tonk as well as it talks the talk." - Free Times, February 2010.


" 'Homesick Carolina Blues' is the type of sad-sap tale that makes you long for home." - The State, February 2010


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AshleyWells -


Ashley Wells is a singer/songwriter from Columbia, S.C. A classically trained musician, her music slides effortlessly between acoustic guitar and at times jazz piano. Whether she's performing her original compositions or covering other artists' songs, audiences agree that her voice is captivating. Her voice has been called "angelic," "lilting," "gorgeous and rich," and she has been compared to Norah Jones, Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell, and Jewel. Her original songs are known for  their lyrical clarity and wit.






(Photo from Ashley Wells website)


December 11, 2010 - Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion











January 8, 2011- 



Their 2007 recording – simply titled Storyhill – was named Best CD of the Year by the Indie Acoustic Project and led to their winning the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition









Carrie Elkin



What a wonderful album this is. I’m thinking Patti Griffin, Nanci Griffith, and Iris DeMent…” -  BBC Radio


While already making quite a buzz around the Austin scene with her highly spirited and spontaneous performances, Elkin spends the majority of her time on the road still, touring nationally and in the UK and Europe.








Opening Act: Elaine Townsend



January 22, 2011 - Small Potatoes




Small Potatoes  .......

is Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso.  This Chicago-based duo has been touring on the folk circuit since 1993 and in that time they’ve become sought-after regulars at many clubs, coffeehouses across the U.S.  They have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Folk Festival, and Philadelphia Folk Festival. They were one of the “most requested” acts at the 1999 Falcon Ridge New Artist Showcase.  Jacquie is also a past winner of the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest.



Friday, February 25, 2011 -  Barrett Smith & Shannon Whitworth



March 5, 2011

The Honey Dewdrops -





March 26, 2011

Carrie Elkin -

Carrie Elkin's sweet-voiced melodies and navel-gazing lyrics paint pictures of starry skies and heartbroken mornings.Elkin establishes herself as a well-intentioned story teller ready to pull in listeners any way she can.

“I’m thinking Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith and Iris DeMent....spellbinding from the opening track”                BBC Radio


Opening Act

Susan Taylor -
Take the pop hits her older brother and sister were spinning in the 60's, include the legendary Texas songwriters of Austin City Limits, a couple of 70's west coast rock bands, and Flatt & Scruggs. Combine these with the experience of growing up in a little town in South Carolina, add her love for God, family, and the people in that little town where she still lives, and you have the music of Susan Douglass Taylor. 
 - , Guide






April 9, 2011:

Love the Earth - An environmental show




Friday night, May 6, 2011 -

Jack Williams ( )

A special Friday evening show in collaboration with the Columbia Museum of Art



1515 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201-2807

The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, is shaped by a 51-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing". Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”
May 14, 2011: 
Terri Hendrix, San Marcos, Texas based human being, owner of three rescue mutts, optimistic gardener — even in the face of realityJ

“ ... She is the consummate triple threat, excelling as a songwriter, performer and recording artist. With more than a dozen albums in her catalog, she seems equally comfortable with blues, folk, story songs, ballads, folk-rock, country and a surprisingly fresh take on New Orleans-style jazz and jazz swing.”   Jim Lipson, Tucson Weekly

Lloyd Maines is an American Grammy Award-winning country music record producer, musician and songwriter. He was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and is now based in Bulverde, Texas. Best known as a pedal steel player, Maines toured and recorded as a member of the Joe Ely Band and has also played with Guy Clark, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Golden Bear (band), and other Texas musicians.

Opening: Adler & Hearn -

From their Spring Hollow Organic Song Farm in the piney woods outside the rural arts hamlet of Winnsboro, Texas – performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne serve up a bountiful harvest on “To The Heart.” (Note: she’s the Adler; he’s the Hearne. Their music is of the folk-jazz / blues-grass variety.)


2009-2010 PAST Events Calendar:
October 24, 2009

Darlyne Cain  -


South Carolina native Darlyne Cain is an international artist with songs born of experiences gained from traveling, living and performing throughout the world. On stage, she is best known for her smooth alto voice and impeccable musicianship on guitar and piano. Credits include Germany's famed Berlin Independence Day Festival, the Appalachian String Band Festival (WV), Nashville's Bluebird Cafe & NEA Extravaganza (TN), SXSW (Austin, TX), 2NMC (Darlyne was the "Critic's Pick" by the Nashville Rage magazine) the Flat Rock Music Festival (NC) and the Historic Third Ward Jazz Festival in Milwaukee.


November 7, 2009 - Marshall Ruffin
Marshall Ruffin -
Marshall Ruffin is an amazing blues/roots/rock/folk singer-songwriter whose skills and performance defy his young age. He writes, he plays, and he sings with the chops not many earn after a lifetime of performing.


November 14, 2009 - Scott Ainslie
Scott Ainslie -

Blues guitarist and historian Scott Ainslie knows the blues, whether he is explaining the roots of the blues, the development of its instruments, or performing with the soul of a bluesman.  If you love the blues, you will want an evening with Scott!


 December 5, 2009 
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion


“The distinguishing feature throughout is the couple’s caressing harmonies, which carry on the legacy of Johnny and June, Gram and Emmylou.” -- Maverick

“Authentic.” “Timeless.” “Harmonious.” “Exhilarating.” Any or all of these adjectives could describe the folk-rock sound created by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. The musical richness and psychological depth of their collaboration is irrefutable proof that the disarming granddaughter of Woody/daughter of Arlo and the prodigious South Carolinian quite naturally bring out the best in each other.


December 31, 2009

Jack Williams -

with Susan Taylor, Cary Taylor, and Danny Harlow

Jack Williams, a South Carolina-born artist, is recognized by the U.S. folk community as a singer/songwriter of national stature and an uncommonly unique guitarist. A featured performer at Philadelphia and Kerrville, Jack has also appeared on the Newport and Boston Folk Festival stages. Jack has been invited on stage by Arlo Guthrie and has worked with legendary singer/songwriters Mickey Newbury, Harry Nilsson, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, and Steve Gillette, among others. Joining Jack for this 7th consecutive New Year’s Eve at the UU show will be Columbia musicians Susan Taylor, Cary Taylor, and Danny Harlow.



January 16, 2010 - Sara Thomsen & Hannah Miller

 Sara Thomsen -
Sara Thomsen is a singer-songwriter with a soulful voice, poetic lyrics, and haunting melodies. Her music comes from the heart, and that's where it takes you. With a voice richer than the best mid-west soil, her songs carry you inward and outward—in, to the particulars of your own life, and out into the shared humanity of us all. Her performance style is easygoing and full of humor and depth, capturing the audience’s full engagement. Sara’s music gently enfolds and unfolds the listener.

OPENING ACT: Hannah Miller -


Opening the show will be the talented South Carolina singer-songwriter Hannah Miller. Born and raised in the deep South by two very deep Southerners, Hannah learned from an early age the value of simplicity, the meaning of love, and the very great advantage of growing up without a television. Now in her twenties, she writes deep, folksy, catchy, soul-baring music that has drawn comparisons to Over the Rhine, Regina Spektor, Feist, and Norah Jones. She has three independent releases under her belt, 2006’s EP “Storms of Summer”; 2008’s LP “Into the Black”, produced by Grammy Award winner Mitch Dane; and summer of 2009 witnesses the release of her third project, a stripped down, acoustic EP entitled “Somewhere in Between”.


 January 23, 2010 - Andy Friedman & Caleb  Stine

Andy Friedman-"Andy Friedman Alone On Guitar"           

We now get to hear Andy as a solo performer. With a band, his energy galvanizes other players in a quiet and rushed frenzy; hearing “Andy Friedman Alone on Guitar” will wash the audience in listening room quality to better highlight Andy’s lyrics and singing.

  "Andy Friedman sings country songs about highways, love, and booze with a growl that is unexpectedly tender." --THE NEW YORKER        
OpeningAct: Caleb  Stine - 

Caleb Stine is a good match for Andy - he possesses equal parts down-to-earth charisma, unpretentious confidence and genuine joy in music-making.


February 6, 2010 -   Barrett Smith and Shannon Whitworth

Shannon Whitworth

Roots music, mountain, bluegrass and country singer Shannon Whitworth currently lives in the mountains of western North Carolina, where she has spent the last ten years refining her unique talents. Shannon is a truly talented singer and songwriter.

Barrett Smith -

 Inspired by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and other such folk heroes, Barrett    perfected his fingerstyle technique through a decade of intensive classical training, expanding to other forms of American music including blues, bluegrass, and especially jazz.  As marvelous as his guitar playing is, Barrett’s emotive vocals and expressive interpretation simply leave his audience breathless, waiting and wanting more.


February 13, 2010 - Danny Schmidt 


Danny Schmidt -

Winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award in 2007, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt writes with a lyrical complexity and a style drawing comparisons to Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him: "the best new songwriter we've heard in 15 years." Not to be missed.


Opening: Will Pittman and the Runaways

Will Pittman on guitar vocals, Chris Looney on Mandolin, and Conor Donohue on lead guitar.  


February 27, 2010 - Lis and Lon Williamson


Lis plays rhythm guitar and frails the banjo in the band as well as sings lead and harmony vocals. Her guitar style adds a percussive quality to some of the tunes and is complimentary to the other instruments. Lon’s smooth style on the upright bass provides the grounding force, and his honest voice tells it like it is.




March 13, 2010 - Chuck Brodsky & Dylan Sneed 
Chuck Brodsky - 
This down to earth musical storyteller, with his dry, barb-witted social commentary combined with a deep underlying compassion, knows that the best stories are the little things in the lives of everyday people trying to muddle through with some grace. His great gift as a writer is to infuse these stories with humanity and humor, making them resonate profoundly with his listeners.  




Opening Act : Dylan Sneed- 


Recently moving to South Carolina from Austin, Texas, Dylan has been called one of Dallas' "A-list area tunesmiths" (Dallas Observer). With 3 national tours to date, Dylan has four CDs to his resume. His 2007 EP No Worse For The Wear is described as “one of the best local releases of the year.” Produced by Steven Collins of Deadman, the Fort Worth Weekly dubbed Sneed's fourth release "epic."


Friday night, April 2, 2010A special Friday evening show in collaboration with the Columbia Museum of Art
Free Planet Radio   -
Chris Rosser, River Guerguerian and Eliot Wadopian

"Free Planet Radio is the freshest group out there right now. It is a perfect blend of all things good" - Micharl Lipsey-Professor of Percussion, Aaron Copland School of Music - CUNY

For music that is beautiful, complex, diverse and played by masters of their instruments, look no further than the trio of Chris Rosser, River Guerguerian and Eliot Wadopian. Collectively they're a world fusion trio called Free Planet Radio and the sum of the whole is pretty powerful, especially considering the strength of the parts. All three are skilled craftsmen who come together with some pretty powerful sounds that cross from East to West with jazzy and sometimes dizzying forays into odd times, syncopations and electronic sounds.

April 17, 2010 - Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette


Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, coming to the UU Coffeehouse from their home state of Vermont, are well-described as “America’s premier folk duo.”


Steve has performed in 31 countries, has a handful of movie credits, and has written songs that have been recorded by dozens of performers, including Linda Ronstadt, John Denver, The Dirt Band, Garth Brooks, Mickey Gilley, Nanci Griffith, Ian and Sylvia, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Tammy Wynette.


Cindy’s voice has been called, “…as much a master of Anglo-Scottish tradition as many of the better-known singers from ‘across the pond’…gorgeous, pure vocals.” She has performed on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, West Virginia's Mountain Stage, Wisconsin's Simply Folk, Boston's The Folk Heritage, and Chicago's The Flea Market.   Steve and Cindy have performed at the strongest American folk festivals, including Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Vancouver Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Mariposa, and Walnut Valley. 

May 1, 2010  -  Michael Reno Harrell & Whisky
Tango Revue


Michael Reno Harrell -

Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer. With 9 CDS, a DVD, and a book to his name, Michael's originals top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. Touring throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, his recordings continue to garner awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles.





Opening: Whisky Tango Revue

Rhodes Bailey, Chris Paget, Casey Secor, and Steve Sancho bring original country, rockabilly and blues.





FRIDAY, May 21, 2010 - Amelia Curran & Justin Rutledge    


Amelia Curran  -

Coming from the deep Canadian tradition of amazing singer-songwriters, we have lured Amelia down from the frozen north to warm us with her beautiful voice, lyrics, and music.

“One of this country’s finest singer-songwriters.”  ~ Montreal Gazette

“You might imagine the folks at the record label shoving a contract at her halfway through hearing the first song.” ~ Eye Weekly

“Amelia Curran is a singer from St. John's whose voice has the sound of faith and experience.”  ~ Essential Tracks, Globe and Mail


Opening:  Justin Rutledge     


 Justin Rutledge -  OR  
“For anyone following the folk/roots scene in Toronto, the serene work of Justin Rutledge is no secret, but it’s easy to forget just how engaging and talented this gentle singer/songwriter is...infectious country folk hooks and lush harmonies. NNNN.” -- Now Magazine

“Rutledge approaches the words as though they are poems, refusing to highlight their meanings. Instead, the songs demand that listeners find those lines that stand out, turning them over and investigating the nooks and crannies around them until they begin to take on a larger, grander shape.” -- Vue Weekly