Music - UU Coffeehouse

The UU Coffeehouse opens its 18th season on September 10, 2010. The UU presents a range of acoustic music with connections to folk, blues, Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, and international music. Featuring musicians who tour nationally and internationally, the UU is a favorite performing and listening room for musicians who bring unique original music to the Columbia area.

Located at: 2701 Heyward Street, corner of Woodrow and Heyward streets, in the Shandon area of Columbia, S.C.






2011-2012 Music Event Calendar




CD release show!   Susan Douglas Taylor (

- With Danny Harlow, Cary Taylor, and Collin Willis

Local songbird Susan Douglas Taylor is releasing her CD with all original songs at the UU Friday night, June 8. With influences from the 60's, include the legendary Texas songwriters of Austin City Limits, a couple of 70's west coast rock bands, and Flatt & Scruggs, Susan has found her voice in an increasing repertoire of original songs. Susan will bring a band of great players with her. Don’t miss this wonderful evening of music!

(CD Photo and artwork by Will Salley)


Past Shows:  2011 - 2012 Season

NOVEMBER 19, 2011

Split bill: South Carolina Broadcasters

and Dylan Sneed -



 The South Carolina Broadcasters are an old-time trio featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar, and close harmony singing. They specialize in songs of the Carter Family and traditional Appalachian music. The Broadcasters have played extensively along the east coast and have traveled across the country and around most of the world playing music. We play concerts, parties, weddings, dances, public and private events near or far.  








 The Dallas Observer described Sneed's music as "the best side of true Americana: music of passion and skill that can move an audience with a whisper or a roar.” Kevin Oliver of the SC Free Times likens Sneed to "a sober Townes Van Zandt," and said "Sneed’s songs give a contemporary spin to the Lone Star country and folk of Guy Clark, Steve Earle and others, coming out more like the acerbically literate North Carolina songwriters Jonathan Byrd or Malcolm Holcombe."







 10           Jonathan Byrd With Rob & Ryan McMakin 


" discovery of the year. Byrd is right up there with the best of them with a twist and turn of phrase, a facile use of language and the ability to tell a story straight into your heart."

- Rich Warren, WFMT, Chicago On B







 September 17           Split bill: Caroline Herring and Lindi Ortega






October 7                   The Good Lovelies



"These three ladies know how to entertain an audience better than any folk/roots act I’ve ever seen. While their endless anecdotes about life on the road, banjo jokes, and childhood memories made me laugh every time, it didn’t distract from the fact that their voices were made for each other. Listening to the three of them harmonize was magical ….. they were constantly instrument swapping between acoustic bass, guitar, and banjo, claiming “we can’t decide which instruments we like to play best.” Their genuine interaction with the audience, their ample talents with various instruments, and those voices made for a perfect relaxing weeknight concert that I wish I could see ever week." -Sunset,   



 October 29                 One Leg Up -


"One Leg Up is a ticket back in time to 1930s Paris and the glory years of Django Reinhardt. Listening to their music, you can taste the red wine, relish the glamour of the City of Lights, and feel the deep vibe of Gypsy jazz. Vas-y! Vas-y!" Michael Dregni, Author of DJANGO: the Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend






November 5      The Winterlings -  




December 10, 2011   Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion - 

Opening Act:           Amanda Jo Williams - or 


* image by Charles Mallison

January 14                Storyhill

February 3                Andy Friedman with his visual and music combo


Andy Friedman 

Here's what happens to twang when it steeps in Brooklyn gin joints instead of Austin honky-tonks: it becomes a bit darker and more gnarled, and though it likes the sun on its back, it can thrive in the shadows.


February 18, 2012

Chuck Pyle-

Admired as a sly humorist and an innovative guitarist, Chuck Pyle has performed for the Colorado Legislature, on Austin City Limits, and at Bill Gates' home. He's had his songs recorded by John DenverChris LeDoux, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Jerry Jeff Walker. He sees what's best about America, writing songs about love lost & love found, forgetful cowboys, heroic highway patrolmen, and brain stems gone "critical".

"Chuck Pyle's songs, playing and singing are transporting. If you're looking for top-flight alt-country-inflected contemporary folk... this is it." 
– Sing Out!

March 3 - An Evening with  Barrett Smith and Shannon Whitworth

Shannon Whitworth Photo



"Ellis walks on stage, flashes a bashful grin and does what she does best: singing her heart out every single time. She has a lovely voice, guitar chops and a graceful songwriting style; however, there is something about her live performance that is transformational. The sum is greater than the parts, and she is amazing."
-Dale Schiff, Just Out (Portland)

In 2010, Ellis completed her critically acclaimed seventh full-length recording, Right On Time. 

Winner, 2011 Midwest Regional Finals of the Mountain Stage Newsong Contest

Winner, Best Female Singer-Songwriter Album 2009- Break The Spell, Just Plain Folks Awards 

Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Contest 2007 Top Ten Finalist 

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Voted 2006 "Most Wanted to Return"

March 31 - Free Planet Radio 

Free Planet Radio is becoming one of the most exciting ensembles in world music today. Comprised of River Guerguerian, award-winning multi-percussionist and composer; Eliot Wadopian, two-time Grammy-award winner on string and electric bass and 19-year member of the Paul Winter Consort; and Chris Rosser, accomplished pianist, composer and producer, renowned for his outstanding performances on a variety of indigenous stringed instruments. Their individual talents have garnered worldwide recognition in Carnegie Hall, the Hong Kong World Music Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and the Madrid International Jazz Festival.

April 21                    Special Environmental Show with Susan Corbett

                         Featuring - Jesse Colin Young - ( 

Jesse Colin Young, critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer of the legendary classic rock band, The Youngbloods, took the nation by storm when The Youngblood's single Get Together became a worldwide Top 10 hit and a prominent soundtrack for peace. After seven group releases, Young began the production of more than 15 acclaimed solo albums including Song for JuliLight ShineSongbird and a live album with his great touring band titled On the Road. In 2005 he released the most comprehensive collection of his music to date—The Very Best of Jesse Colin Young. For the first-time ever, songs from his solo career as well as hits from The Youngbloods were placed in one 2 CD package

April 28     Tish Hinojosa -

Tish Hinojosa’s music crosses borders – between cultures, languages and musical genres. Moving with equal grace through folk, country, pop and latino styles, her music reflects contemporary America’s multicultural richness. Combining a vision that embraces all of these musical styles, with her characteristic warmth and a pure, soulful voice, this enchanting Texan singer-songwriter has gained a loving and loyal audience throughout America, Europe and beyond.       

Simply put, Hinojosa is a first class songwriter” - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

A talented songwriter with an understated but utterly unaffected delivery…vivid…touching…pointed…playful…engaging…A rare gift for melody that’s perfect for Hinojosa’s lovely, relaxed soprano.”-THE WASHINGTON POST

Her songs are richly detailed slices of life…Hinojosa’s is a strong, poetic, sensual, and conscious voice.”- SPIN MAGAZINE

Hinojosa’s music proved infectiously attractive, performed with warmth and real audience appeal.”- VERMONT TIMES ARGUS

* Images by Gunnar Geller



May 4                      Pieta Brown - ( *(special added  show) Friday Night

Long before launching her musical career, Pieta Brown exhibited a full array of an artist's requisite gifts--an open heart, a poet's ear, a painter's eye, a dreamer's imagination and, 

perhaps most important of all, a sense of trust in her ability to recognize essential moments amid the relentless deluge of day-to-day experience. As a matter of course, those same 

qualities became hallmarks of Brown's exquisite songbook, a rapidly-expanding collection birthed and burnished over numerous recording sessions and extensive touring--most 

recently as the opening act on Mark Knopfler's North American tour.

*image by Kwaku Alston

May 5                       Carrie Elkin ( and Danny Schmidt (


 Carrie Elkin is a soulful singer with a gypsy spirit, a songwriter with a keen eye. Inspired by her travels and the many places she has called home-- Ohio, New Mexico, 

Colorado, Boston, Austin--she documents the human condition with sensitivity and humor, crafting songs that have garnered attention at prestigious songwriting 

contests, including Mountain Stage NewSong and the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase.

"Danny Schmidt is a force of nature: a blue moon, a hundred-year flood, an avalanche of a singer-songwriter. His songs are a flood of poetry, mythology, folk wisdom, 

and surprise."
- Sing Out! Magazine

Ticket information: 


Tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for high school and college students with a reservation request left at 1-888-849-4224 extension 4.


Without reservations, tickets at the door are $15 and $7. Children up through 8th grade are free with a paying adult.

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