The Highland County Arts Council is proud to present a memorial concert in honor of Mary Hille and Elizabeth McCoy during the 2018 Hands and Harvest Festival. The McCoy sisters loved music, the land, and the traditions that made Highland County their home.
Following the death of their father, Dr. George Price McCoy, Mary Hille and Elizabeth moved with their mother, Mable Hille Jones McCoy, to the family homeplace in Monterey, Virginia. Mrs. McCoy was a pianist who gave the love of music to her daughters and untold numbers of Highland students to whom she taught piano. Both sisters graduated from Monterey High School and Longwood University. Elizabeth returned to Monterey and taught in the Highland County School system. Mary Hille taught for eight years in Northern Virginia and then moved to her 30-year career as a member of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. She returned to Monterey to join her sister in the home on Main Street where they lived for the remaining four decades of their lives. Both were active members of the community and of the Jones family. For many, the McCoy sisters were “Monterey and Highland County.”
The McCoy memorial concert, which will be held October 14th at 3:00 p.m. at The Highland Center, will feature internationally renowned musicians Robin and Linda Williams. Admission is free, but donations to the Arts Council are appreciated. Art inspired by natural items collected by the McCoy sisters will be on display for silent auction before and during the concert. Hard cider from Big Fish Cider Company will be provided. This concert is generously supported by the Charles Pinckney Jones Charitable Trust and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
About the artists:
For more than four decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.” Today some might call it “Americana,” but these two revered music masters were living and breathing this elixir 20 years before that label was turned into a genre label for record companies, media, festivals and venues.
Developed at the beginning of the “singer songwriter” craze in the 1970’s, Robin and Linda’s unique style of music is steeped in the traditional music of the Appalachian mountains, the Mississippi Delta, British Isles, Louisiana and Quebec.
As live performers they are second to none; they engage audiences with their powerful singing, their gift for capturing moments of universal life in their songs, and a rare personal appeal. But it’s their superb songwriting that earned an even rarer honor: the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers. The list of artists who have covered their original songs include some of the greats of country music, names like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Kathy Mattea and The Seldom Scene.