Heart and soul of folk music

Aug 01, 2014
Dana and Susan Robinson

Camden — Dana and Susan Robinson, two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience, will return for a Thursday, Aug. 14, concert at 7 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre. The concert, sponsored by the Camden Public Library and Allen Insurance & Financial, is free; bring blankets or chairs for seating. If the weather turns rainy, the concert will move indoors.

Dana and Susan’s blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage. Dirty Linen magazine has hailed the couple as the heart and the soul of folk music. Underpinning the Robinsons’ 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, he settled in northern Vermont and built an off-the-grid house on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue. He launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, “Elemental Lullabye.”

Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana at a house concert in 2002, when she was working in the environmental field in California. 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 lifestyle. From Asheville, Dana and Susan Robinson bring to their stages the sound and feel of bedrock America.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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