This performance will feature the husband and wife duo of Dana and Susan Robinson, who will bring their guitar and clawhammer banjo music featuring songs that speak for farmers, Appalachians, Native Americans, and the American prairies.
Underpinning the songs is the undeniable rhythm of their trademark guitar/banjo sound. Whether it is quiet or driving, there is a steady and unrelenting groove to the music that supports the lyric and delivers the story in an effortless and magical way.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England, where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980s, Dana settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” (no electricity and phone) on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery, cafe and folk music venue. Dana launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, “Elemental Lullabye,” and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.
Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002. Sue was working in the environmental field in California when she met Dana at a house concert. Upon moving to North Carolina a short time thereafter, Sue launched into studying with many of the great old-time musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.
“Many songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, or John Mellencamp have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music,” wrote a reviewer for folk music magazine Dirty Linen.
Tickets for the Robinsons concert will be $15 and are available in advance at Fiddleheads on Main Street in Colebrook. The Tillotson Center Committee will have coffee, tea and snacks available for a small additional price, which helps to raise funds for the facility. For more information on the concert, call 237-9302 or 246-8998.
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