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Dana and Susan Robinson return to Camden Amphitheatre Aug. 14

Posted Aug. 01, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
Dana and Susan Robinson in Camden
Camden Public Library
Dana and Susan Robinson in Camden

CAMDEN, Maine —  Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. The Robinsons are returning to Camden for a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Camden Amphitheatre.

The concert, sponsored by 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 unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage. The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience; 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.

Underpinning their 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 or 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 oldtime musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.

From Asheville, North Carolina, Dana and Susan Robinson bring to the stage an exciting blend of original songs of the American landscape and oldtime Appalachian mountain music. With Dana on guitar and fiddle, Susan’s clawhammer banjo playing and harmony singing they bring a joyful energy to their concerts. Their music is the sound and feel of bedrock America.

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