The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and musically reflect the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.
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 a memorable way.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana early on relocated to New England, where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980s, he 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, she launched into studying with many of the great old-time musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road life-style. Today the Robinsons reside in their schoolhouse-converted-to-home base in Cabot, Vt., where they host concerts by themselves and musical compatriots, keeping their celebration of Americana music alive.
The Colebrook concert, which is sponsored by Haze and Kathy Smith, will include selections from the Robinsons’ latest CD, “The Angel’s Share.” Tickets are now available at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or at the door. General admission prices for the night are: adults, $15; students, $12; children under 12, $5. For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit www.gnwca.org or you can call 237-9302 or 246-8998.