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

2013-14 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




Saturday, September 14 - 8:00 PM$12 advance; $15 at doorBill Staines - For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delight-ing audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffee-houses. A New England na-tive, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, em-ceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly be-came a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer", Bill has continually appeared on folk music ra-dio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.


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, October 5 - 8:00PM$12 advance; $15 at doorSarah McQuaid - Rising star 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 musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries. Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.”
Sunday, October 27 - 7:00 PM$15 advance; $17 at doorJunior Sisk and Rambler's Choice - From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music's most honest voices in the genre's history, Junior Sisk. Over the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world. In 1998, Sisk formed Ramblers Choice and together they recorded and released their first solo project titled Sounds Of The Mountains.  Since the release last year of The Heart Of A Song, their, the band has celebrated much success as the album was named Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and A Far Cry From Lester and Earl was named Song of the Year.
Saturday, November 9 - 8:00PM$12 advance; $15 at doorThe Whitetop Mountaineers - The Whitetop Mountaineers are a young, high-energy duo - Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham - who are rising stars in the world of traditional Appalachian music. They both live in Whitetop, VA, at the highest mountains in Virginia. Their shows feature old time country duet singing, up-tempo old time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass mandolin and guitar instrumentals as well as high energy Appalachian dancing. Jackson and Martha have played concerts, festivals, workshops, and dances throughout the United States, UK, Ireland and Australia including such venues as: Merlefest, Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, and the National Folk Festival in Richmond.  Come welcome them back to SGCH!
Saturday, December 7 - 8:00PM$12 advance; $15 at doorKaren Trump and Jackie Frost - Robin Payne - Acoustic originals, traditional and more.  Singer songwriter Karen Trump pairs up with Richmond's well known Jackie Frost and Barry Trott from the Runaway String Band for an evening of contemporary acoustic music at its best.  A touch of blues, a little old time, a hint of folk-grass and something different.  All backed with solid vocals and harmonies.

Karen Trump and Jackie Frost have individually graced the Shady Grove stage many times over our thirteen year history.  This performance will mark the second time they have appeared at Shady Grove together.  Karen is a singer-songwriter with four CDs to her credit, who is known for her finely-crafted music and lyrics.  Jackie is a local favorite who has been playing her guitar and singing to captivated audiences for over 20 years.  They will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Barry Trott of the Runaway String Band.

Robin Payne is an up-and-coming young guitar player who has also appeared several times at Shady Grove, both as a solo artist and as a member of the FODS.  His unique approach to finger style guitar technique distinguishes him from other guitarists. 

Saturday, January 11 - 8:00 PM$12 advance; $15 at doorGeorge Turman, Frank Coleman, and Chris Fuller - George, Frank, and Chris are each accomplished musicians and leaders in the Central Virginia Folk Scene.  George has been performing for more than 40 years and has appeared with many internationally-known musicians, including David Mallett, Dick Kniss, Bill Staines, and Garnet Rogers.  Frank is an established singer-songwriter and is also a noted composer of television scores; his score for The Kennedy Half-Century has received international airplay. Chris is among the best-known mandolin players in the area and has played with Reckless Abandon and appeared with David Mallet and John McEuen.  Frank and Chris have performed together for nearly 25 years as Coleman and Fuller; they have appeared with George in Among Friends.  They have been performing as a trio for the past year, sharing their love for music with an appreciative audience.
Saturday, February 15 - 8:00 PM$12 advance; $15 at doorThe Honey Dewdrops - The Honey Dewdrops are the Virginia-based roots duet of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. With a blend of new Americana and traditional folk music, they create inspired songs that are rooted in the experience and lives of people. Their sound is transcendent; they write all their own songs and yet no one could ever peg them as just another singer-songwriter couple, not when they’ve embedded a sparse Appalachian clarity on every track that is accessible to listeners everywhere. The songs they write shine with energy and emotion through intimate performances with a handful of acoustic instruments and tightly layered harmonies.

They are winners of the 2008 A Prairie Home Companion Talent Contest; their last two albums have reached #1 on Folk Radio.  This marks their third headline performance at SGCH; come hear why we keep bringing them back!

Sunday, March 2 - 7:00 PM$17 advance; $20 at doorEmma's Revolution - Dancing on the edge of folk and pop, there’s arevolution: emma’s revolution. “Bold, profound, moving, hilarious and transformative.” The sound of passion in “deftly-turned phrases,” songs imbued with hope, warmth and the “power and drive” to turn tears into laughter, cynicism into action. A motivating force in intimate concerts and mass demonstrations, infused with inspiration from the legacy of music for social change, Pat Humphries and Sandy O’s dynamic harmonies are multiplied by hundreds of thousands. Emma Goldman stood for everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things. Join the revolution.
Saturday, April 12 - 8:00 PM$17 advance; $20 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 sixth 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 3 - 8:00 PM$12 advance; $15 at doorJeni and Billy - "This is either the most sophisticated simple music or the simplest sophisticated music I’ve ever heard.” That comment, heard after a Jeni & Billy performance, sums up the appeal of the duo’s “New Old Music.” With exquisitely spare accompaniment and performances that are never rushed, Jeni & Billy’s harmonies harken to a lost time and reverberate with a rare honesty, as they inhabit the lives of miners, preachers, ramblers, lovers, and plain-living folks. Their music is quiet enough to be heard and just loud enough to be unforgettable. Sharing the duties of songwriting, arranging, and performing, Jeni & Billy bring to the work very distinct musical backgrounds that both draw from the deep well of Appalachian roots music. If you liked the Whitetop Mountaineers, you'll love Jeni and Billy!

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