Spring Concerts in the Garden

Spring Concerts in the Garden 2014

Emily Lynch

At only twenty-six years old, Emily Lynch sings with the experience, humility, and sweet vintage voice of an artist two or three times her age. What she lacks in actual career mileage is made up for by her precocious raw and obvious intrinsic nature of her talent.

Emily grew up dabbling with songwriting while singing in her church choir and high school chorus in the metro Atlanta area. She later moved on to pursue a degree in Communications from Clemson University. Emily graduated in 2008, and had a brief stint as an intern at Edwin McCain’s OMG Studios in Greenville, SC before being introduced to producer Dan Hannon, who committed to help her cultivate her skills.

Since releasing her debut full-length album in 2011 to critical acclaim, Emily has been hard at work perfecting her craft as a songwriter with some of the best and most successful writers in the business.

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: April 4
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Ali Riehm

"Ali Riehm, one of Clemson University's very own, will feel right at home here in the gardens - as will her music! Ali's rhythmic guitar, smooth vocals, and lighthearted sound make her music a perfect match for this outdoor venue. Some have compared her voice to the same artists that inspire her sound: Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, Colbie Caillat, and Sara Bareilles."

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: April 11
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Tugalo Holler
We got the idea for our name from a former co-worker of "Porkchop's". Chris Arrick suggested that the group be named "The Tugaloo Hollerers". We liked the idea, but the name was hard to say. So, we changed it to Tugaloo Holler. The Tugaloo (pronounced the same as Tugalo) is a river not far from our hometown. Many non-natives (from up north and out west) have moved into our area and they pronounce Tugaloo as Two-ga-lou. We decided to change the spelling to T-u-g-a-l-o as to avoid the confusion. We actually took the spelling from the local Tugalo Gas Company. And that's the rest of the story... What's in a name? First and foremost Tugalo Holler is a ministry. We consider it a privelage and honor to be able to spread joy and happiness and God's word through song. We are a bluegrass band and we enjoy playing gospel, old standards, new songs and some songs that we have "bluegrassified".
Tugalo Holler is based in Westminster, SC. If you don't know where that is, it is about 15 miles from Clemson University in Clemson, SC and about 15 miles from the Geogia State Line.

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: April 18
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Christy LaFrance
The music Christy plays and the songs she writes have be organic - they have to come from a very natural place. Music is the instrument in which she uses to connect, worship, care for the soul, and to just be.
There is something divine and sacred about music that changes and challenges you. Her influences reflect that belief - U2, Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, Watermark, Margaret Becker, Sandra McCracken, and Ani Difranco (just to scratch the surface).
Her favorite audience is her two children – who sometimes join her with a djembe, shaker, or the occasional background vocals. I’m a blessed girl that still plays music with her husband weekly. We began sharing our music together in college; then recording and traveling to coffee houses and churches throughout college and early in our marriage. Sharing music together with our children today makes it all the more significant.

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: April 25
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm

Tony Tidwell
Tony Tidwell is a singer/songwriter from Clemson, SC and after nearly a decade since his last release, Tony Tidwell has released his fourth album entitled Love Is Not A Word. The album was released October 1, 2013 on Ghostmeat Records- home of Tidwell’s first two albums Tony Tidwell & The Scalded Dogs (1996) and Out Of The Way (1998).

Fee: FREE Suggested donation of $5
Date: May 2
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm