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Sundays at the Overlook

Singer/Songwriter Series

Bring a chair and come relax at the Gardens’ sound overlook!

  • Sundays from mid-September to mid-October 2022 (September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 23)
  • Rain or shine event; in case of inclement weather (rain, wind, high/low temperatures) event will be moved to the Odom Building
  • Free with regular paid admission to the Gardens
  • Artist to perform in Gazebo with audience at Overlook Terrace (Event begins at Noon – Artist Performances from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Food vendor and cash bar will be available 

Dustin Furlow

Sunday, September 11, 2022

About the Artist

Dustin Furlow is an award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist whose playing and songwriting reflect a clear influence of today’s contemporary-folk artists. With comparisons to songwriters such as Ray LaMontagne and virtuoso guitar-players like Tommy Emmanuel, Furlow eventually carved out a sound that became easily distinguishable by its marriage of complex guitar work and warm, home-spun lyrics. From the haunting melodies in “Evergreen” to the foot-tapping groove of “Cherokee Lake” Dustin is an ambassador of dynamic control on stage. In 2019 he played over 200 shows, many with harp-guitarist and international fingerstyle-guitar champion, Matt Thomas. Highlights of his musical career include:

  • In April 2021, Dustin was announced as the winner of Scottish luthier Taran Guitars’ “Young Player Bursary” award.
  • In February 2017, he received the Veer Magazine Music Award for “Best Acoustic/Folk Artist” in the Southeastern Virginia area. That year he also received nominations for “Song of the Year” (The Garden), and “Album of the Year” (The Sound That You Call Home).
  • In 2016, Furlow released the full-length “The Sound That You Call Home”, which has enjoyed airplay on NPR radio’s “Acoustic Highway”, “Hunter at Sunrise”, and “Out of the Box” and received the title of “Album of the Year” by Barry Graham of NPR’s “Acoustic Highway”.
  • A year later Furlow went on to release the EP “Solo”, which was a live-in-studio project recorded by Rob Ulsh at Master Sound Studios (Justin Timberlake, Depeche Mode, Gwen Stefani) in Virginia Beach. (2017)
  • Playing just over 244 shows in 2017, he is almost always engaged in recording, writing, or performing and is currently producing his third album, “Woodscapes” with Kim Person (Tommy Emmanuel, Stephen Bennett, Matt Thomas).

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Website: dustinfurlow.com

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Julie Clark

Sunday, September 18, 2022

About the Artist

You’ll know it in an instant. Whatever it is that gives certain singer/songwriters real promise and broad appeal, Julie Clark has it. It’s her voice that wins you first… surprisingly vulnerable, sincere and somehow comforting. A captivating sound that leads you willingly into her memorable, acoustic folk-pop songs. Clark’s award-winning songwriting matches the quality of her voice — clear, direct and full of emotion. Her lyrics paint vivid images of love and lust, heartbreak and obsession, secret yearnings, and the struggle between temptation and commitment. Among numerous other performance and songwriting awards, Clark won the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, joining a list of winners that includes Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin. She was also awarded First Place in the Great American Song Contest, Folk/Acoustic category and her original song, “Jacket” won first place in the Lilith Fair National Talent Search.

  • WINNER: Great American Song Contest: 1ST PLACE, Acoustic Category
  • WINNER: Virginia Music Awards: ACOUSTIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • WINNER: Lilith Fair DC Talent Search – 1ST PLACE, PEOPLE’S CHOICE
  • WINNER: Mid-Atlantic Song Contest: GRAND PRIZE
  • WINNER: Cornucopia Music Festival – BEST AUDIENCE RESPONSE
  • WINNER: Kerrville New Folk Competition
  • WINNER: Mid-Atlantic Song Contest: Gold Awards, Folk & Adult Contemporary Categories
  • WINNER: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Song Contest – 2nd Place
  • WINNER: OMA Song of the Year

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Website: julieclark.net

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Matt McGuire

Sunday, September 25, 2022

About the Artist

Matt McGuire is a musician that sings from bottom of his soul with his powerful vocals and life lesson lyrics. His songs are a soundtrack of a nomad’s life – a gypsy from Ripley West Virginia who has settled at the beach. His songs are a must have for any music lover that digs funky riffs and percussive strumming on his guitar. One listen to Going Under, New Sunshine, Stumble In June or Numb and you will be hooked on Matt McGuire and his true-to-self attitude.

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Ruth Wyand

Sunday, October 2, 2022

About the Artist

Being diversified is Ruth Wyand’s specialty. Demonstrating guitar virtuosity with powerful fingerpicking, bottleneck slide and a warm alto voice Ruth plays a mix of Americana, jazz, blues, folk, country with a portion of Piedmont picking and bluegrass clawhammer thrown in. Her songwriting is universal, using a melting pot of styles with lyrics that are timeless, relatable, emotionally resonant, sometimes witty, sometimes serious but always human and genuine. Ruth presents a mixture of originals with poignant lyrics as well as well-crafted instrumental arrangements of classics ranging from Doc Watson, Etta Baker, Jimi Hendrix, Leo Kottke to Thelonious Monk and Nina Simone. Each song, no matter how different, has a firm Ruth Wyand stamp of style on it.

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Website: ruthwyand.com

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Derek Smith

Sunday, October 9, 2022

About the Artist

Derek Smith, a native to the Tidewater area of Virginia, has been involved with music in some form or another since he was six years old, beginning with piano lessons and then picking up the guitar at age eleven. He records and performs as a solo singer/songwriter and as the lead singer and guitarist for the award-winning band Family Tree. Since his first live performance at Norfolk’s King’s Head Inn in 1992 at the age of 14, Derek Smith has performed, on his own and with his band, at many of the finest venues in the region. Having shared stages with numerous national and international acts, he has established notoriety among fans and coincidental patrons as a vibrant performer. After releasing many recordings over the years, mostly with Family Tree, Derek Smith released his first solo effort in the winter of 2006. This four-song EP showcases a more intimate side of Smith’s musical and lyrical spectrum and has been widely accepted by people of all ages and musical interests. The fall 2009 release of LIFESIZE, a full-length solo/acoustic album of all original material, gives listeners a chance to take home an accurate representation of what they may hear at one of Derek Smith’s live performances.

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Website: dereksmithmusic.net

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Phil Watson

Sunday, October 23, 2022

About the Artist

Phil Watson is a North Carolina based singer songwriter that bridges the gap between Americana, Alt Country, and Rock and Roll. Primarily an acoustic performer, Phil uses modern technology to seamlessly blend multiple instruments in a live setting creating a unique listening experience. Performing Original music and his own take on cover songs, Phil has created a one-of-a-kind solo performance that will leave his audience coming back for more. Phil has opened for many well-known national acts such as Carbon Leaf, Warren Haynes, Govt Mule, Cracker, Tim Reynolds, and others! His music has led him to be the OBX Best of The Beach winner for 2019 and 2020, Coastland Gold People’s Choice Award for 2021, ranked #1 local, #1 regional and as high as #16 in the Country as an independent singer/songwriter on Reverbnation.com. Phil also was awarded Greycloud Radio’s independent artist of the year in 2018. Performing around 250 shows per year, Phil has earned the right to be one of the most booked artists in North Carolina.

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Website: philwatsonmusic.com

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