Dana & Susan Robinson (USA): Americana-roots and folk duo from Vermont

Date/Time Sun 10 Nov 2019 7:45 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 booking fee; On The Door - £12

Website: https://www.robinsongs.com/

Dana and Susan Robinson combine vivid, song-writing and storytelling, with fiddle tunes, banjo grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing. Drawing upon experiences of more than twenty years of touring, Dana and Susan craft a performance that conveys the mystery and wonders of their journey. Their unique blend of original song-writing and traditional Appalachian music, bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage, and how it relates to our contemporary lives.

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” on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery, café and music venue. Dana launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 début CD, Elemental Lullabye, and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.

Susan grew up with her dad’s jazz big band rehearsing in the basement in Manchester, Vermont and learned classical piano as a child. As an adult she turned to oboe and Scottish fiddle. After Susan and Dana met in 2002, she took up old-time banjo and learned from the banjo-greats in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Since 2003, Dana and Susan have performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

Back in 2013 (yes, it’s been that long), we got this video of Dana and Susan playing at TwickFolk: