After a too-long absence, Dana and Susan Robinson will be returning to Sundilla on Friday, June 3. Showtime at the AUUF is 7:30; admission at the door is $15, but advance tickets are just $12 and available at Spicer’s Music, Blooming Colors, and online at www.sundillamusic.com. Student admission is also $12. There will be free coffee, tea, water and food available, and as always the audience is invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.
Now living in Vermont, Americana, roots and folk, husband and wife duo, Dana and Susan Robinson made frequent Sundilla appearances when they lived in Asheville, North Carolina. This year they are celebrating not only their twentieth year of national and international touring, but a new CD as well!
The Angel’s Share is Dana and Susan’s fifth album since their 2004 debut Native Soil, and exemplifies their unique brand of contemporary songwriting infused with traditional influences. The Angel’s Share is a pared down recording, with no rhythm section and minimal instrumentation, leaving an abundance of space to help lift the vocals to the top of the mix. Threads of Celtic, country blues, Cajun, old-time mountain music, and traditional folk all emerge through the fabric of Dana’s original songwriting.
With guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, their sound is a melting pot of Appalachian, British, and rural American influences, full of exciting fiddle tunes, earthy grooves, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing.
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 reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit. Their unique blend of original songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.
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” (no electricity and phone) 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 debut CD, Elemental Lullabye, and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.
Music Upstream says “Exquisite music – physical and spiritual, contemporary and ancient, up to its eyeballs in mud and transcendence. Musicians like Dana Robinson don’t grow on trees!” Or in other words, do not miss Dana and Susan Robinson’s return to Sundilla. The concert takes place at the AUUF on Friday, June 3, at 7:30. Admission at the door is $15, $12 for students; advance tickets are just $12 and can be found at Spicer’s Music, Blooming Colors, and online at www.sundillamusic.com.