The Shady Grove Coffeehouse

Presenting the best in acoustic music in a family-friendly, smoke- and alcohol-free environment

at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Glen Allen, VA

2015-16 Concert Schedule

Click on the artist's names to be directed to their web sites; most have samples of their music.  Click here to download a printable PDF of the schedule.

Tickets to all concerts are available by calling (804) 323-4288 or by sending e-mail to




Sunday, September 20 - 7:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorSarah McQuaid - Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.   Her fourth album, Walking Into White has already drawn praise from critics: Insurgent called it “A combination of seasoned craft and innovative ideas ... Highly recommended,” Folkwords, wrote: “The echoing magic of Walking Into White, the latest album from Sarah McQuaid, seizes you from the first and holds you captured long after the last notes fade.”  This concert marks Sarah's second appearance at SGCH.
Saturday, October 24 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorBeppe Gambetta - It is the smile that is the key for reading the musical universe of Beppe Gambetta. An open and disarming smile that is al-so the contagious and irresistible smile of a person who invites you to a musical journey with light heart and curiosity. Beppe is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavors. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.  Beppe returns for his second SGCH performance.
Sunday, November 15 - 7:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorDana and Susan Robinson - As Dirty Linen has said, "Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music." In a Dana and Susan Robinson concert you'll hear two rich, intimate voices, intricate and powerful guitar and banjo playing with a handful of fiddle and mandolin thrown in. Dana writes songs and tells stories about America, the land and its people. They bring to their performances an understanding of America's musical heritage and convey its significance to our culture. This will be Dana's seventh appearance on our stage; Susan's fifth.
Saturday, December 5 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorDavid Roth - Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, has said: "David and his music will touch you to the very depths of your soul. He’ll make you laugh and cry, inspire you to rise and fly".  David "Not Lee" Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions  and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.   David’s songs and performances have been praised by Peter Yarrow, and Christine Lavin. What’s more, the Shady Grove audience has loved him every time he's performed for us – don’t miss David this time around in his fifth appearance on our stage.
Saturday, January 9 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorThe Honey Dewdrops - The Honey Dewdrops are Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, a husband and wife duet who perform fresh, original songs inspired by traditional Appalachian music and focused on vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation.  We first booked them not long after they won first place in A Prairie Home Companion's "People in their Twenties Talent Show" in 2008 and have invited them back several times since.  We always enjoy their SGCH performances, and have enjoyed listening as they have matured as musicians.  Come hear why!
Saturday, February 6 - 8:00 PM$20 advance; $25 at doorRobin and Linda Williams - For more than four decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, "a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism." Today some might call it "Americana," but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this elixir 20 years before that label was turned into a radio format.

As live performers they are second to none.  Their stirring concerts have earned them a huge body of fans over the years.  But as gifted songwriters Robin and Linda have earned an even rarer honor, the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers.  As the Washington Post put it, "The Williamses are able to sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness."  The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music names like Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, and The Seldom Scene.

Saturday, March 19 - 8:00 PM$20 advance; $25 at doorJonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys - Jonathan Byrd is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says, “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.” Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style. After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky is getting the attention he deserves.
Saturday, April 9 - 8:00 PM$20 advance; $25 at doorDavid Mallett - As Sing Out has said about David Mallett, "Songwriting doesn’t get much better than this, and performing doesn’t get much more honest." People everywhere seem to understand what David Mallett's songs are about. Although they are rooted in place, they speak to the essential things that move us all. If you grow up in a small rural town, as Mallett did, you can't help but learn its stories. He knows about the people who shouldn't have stayed, but did, and those who shouldn't have left, but did.   The loss of American towns and rural landscapes is the subject of many of his songs, as are the issues of wilderness preservation and the struggle of the common man.  This will be David's seventh appearance on our stage.

George Turman is a folk singer who has quietly practiced his stock and trade now for over thirty years. He has always held true to the basic premise that, popular or not, folk music is music that will always be shared and enjoyed. Songs that tell stories (some old, some new) and songs that express emotions or points of view, regardless of the source or style in which they are performed, are all folk songs to him. Suffice it to say that if George sings it, it’s a folk song and listeners will share and enjoy. 

Saturday, May 14 - 8:00 PM$15 advance; $20 at doorDave Nachmanoff - Dave Nachmanoff headlined our very first SGCH concert in July of 2001 and returns for the first time in fifteen years to close out our fifteenth season.  He saw Al Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1985 and in 2006 came back and performed with him. At the age of ten he played with Libba Cotten (“Freight Train”). He’s led songwriting workshops for many groups, from German school children to the Silcocks, a family with 44 adopted boys. In addition, he’s a heckofa songwriter in styles ranging from folk to pop who’s sold over 20,000 recordings. Dave’s the father of two and writes custom songs for weddings and other special occasions. As a side player (guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more) he’s worked with Stewart on a regular basis as well as many others at hundreds of venues as far ranging as The Bottom Line, Glastonbury Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. Oh, and he’s got a doctorate in Philosophy. That he earned in his spare time.

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