|About||The first of two April shows to welcome the Spring features the genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.
Dana last played here solo over a dozen years ago (quick search showed November 2001 but there may have been another one after that). This should be a great show that captures some of the feeling of our early concerts!
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 1980’s, 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, café 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 oldtime 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." — Dirty Linen
"I am struck by how he writes songs that sound deeply rooted in tradition. His phrasing and poetry are wonderful..." — Dick Pleasants, WUMB, Boston, MA
"..A poet's perspective delivered in quietly spectacular musicianship... the music sounds laid back even while his guitar licks are knocking your socks off" — Music Matters Review
"I thought it was a great performance, and I have heard the same from everyone I've spoken with who was there. I was knocked out by your fiddle playing, especially your singing with it...it was a highlight of your set" — Jack Bohl, Portland, Oregon Folklore Society
"Dana Robinson's set was easily the best individual segment of the evening. The acoustic solo performer is at the mercy of his or her instrumental aptitude; Robinson's talent as a guitarist clearly stood alone in this show. He is also blessed with an incredible voice which serves him well across a wide variety of arrangements." — The Burlington Free Press
When: Sunday, 06 April 2014
Music starts at 7 PM
Optional potluck starts at 6 PM
Where: Living room between Boulder & Nederand
Cost: $15-25 suggested contribution, 100% goes to the artist
See Dana & Susan Robinson on video:
For more information on Dana & Susan Robinson see http://www.robinsongs.com/
April 20 - Pierce Pettis (living room)
May 4 - Zoe Lewis (living room or Wild Bear)
May 15 - Bill & Kate Isles (living room)
Halloween recording of Eliza Gilkyson & Nick Forster for Jamestown area Artists & Musicians (JAM) - http://tinyurl.com/pw95247
50% of this download fee goes to charity.