Alex Caton and Dick Harrington are friends who love old-time Appalachian music, love playing and singing together, and love sharing their music with others. Each of them moved to central Virginia to sweat for PhDs at UVa—Alex in anthropology, Dick in English. Once here, each of them latched onto old-time mountain music like Thom Jefferson to an Albemarle Pippin.
Alex took up piano and violin at the age of 5, and music has been a constant in her life ever since. At 20, she stumbled on a precious secret: the traditional fiddle music of Appalachia and Ireland. She’s dedicated her musical life to those two cousins, singing and playing fiddle, banjo, and guitar.
As a boy in South Dakota, Dick learned folk songs from his playful Scots-Irish-American grandma. He took up guitar in the 1950s and has been singing and playing American roots music ever since. In Charlottesville, about 1976, the archaic fiddle-and-banjo music at the Prism Coffee House lured him to ditch other music strains for the traditional music of the Southern Appalachians. He took up the devil’s instrument, the fiddle, at the late age of 36.
Separately, Alex and Dick have made numerous recordings with various musicians/bands and performed in numerous states and countries.
Alex and Dick are very excited about the upcoming evening of music and camaraderie at RVCC—always a sweet gathering place!
Listen at www.alexcaton.com.
The show starts at 7:30pm, in the Rockfish Lounge. $7 cover—refreshments available.