Singer/guitarist Vic Varner has been playing solo on Saturdays at Marker 244 for a while now, and for the month of December, he’s giving his gigs a holiday twist.
“When Covid hit, I gave up all of my gigs,” says Varner. “Younger pickers around town played right through it but I didn’t think it was safe for me. But I’m back now, and doing it differently. Instead of combos, I’ve gone solo, back to my roots. All during the 70s and 80s I worked as a solo performer in Charleston.”
Varner says he misses the comradery and musical interaction with other musicians, but there are advantages to playing solo, as well. “I can practice whenever I want to and learn new repertoire quickly. I’m also going back and re-working some old arrangements of tunes such as ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ and ‘If You Could Read My Mind.’ Marker 244 is the perfect spot. Great view and great food! The patrons there have been very receptive to my Americana style.”
Marker 244 regular Josette Grimsley says, “Jim and I go to Marker just to hear Vic! He is so versatile, and plays requests from all genres of music. It is always a treat to enjoy dinner or stop by for a drink when he’s there. And an event when the family visits!”
In December, Varner will be deep diving into his holiday repertoire. “I’m really looking forward to playing out of my Christmas book,” he says. “Through the years I’ve learned quite an eclectic group of holiday songs, and I love to encourage people to sing along on key phrases.”
Varner will also be playing Christmas music at the Port Royal Farmer’s Market on December 3rd.
Want To Go?
WHO: Vic Varner, Singer/Guitarist
WHAT: Solo performance (Christmas music in December)
WHEN: Saturdays 5:30 – 8pm
WHERE: Marker 244, 1 Port Royal Landing Dr, Port Royal