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Robinsons to perform at Palmer Street Coffeehouse

PLATTSBURGH - Palmer Street Coffeehouse will welcome dynamic husband and wife duo Dana and Susan Robinson for a performance on Friday, Jan. 7.

The Robinsons hail from Asheville, N.C., and are known for bringing an exciting blend of original songs of the American landscape and old-time Appalachian mountain music to the stage. Dana plays guitar and fiddle while Susan's clawhammer-banjo playing and harmony singing rounds out the joyful energy they bring to their concerts. Their music has been called "the sound and feel of bedrock America."

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 a house "off the grid" - with no electricity or telephone - on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There, he founded a popular bakery, caf 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. His instrumental "Crossing The Platte" was featured in Ken Burns' new PBS documentary, "Our National Parks, America's Best Idea."

Susan grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002. She was working in the environmental field in California when she met Dana at a house concert. Upon moving to North Carolina, a short time after, Susan launched into studying with many of the great old-time musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.

Their latest CD, "Big Mystery," charted No. 3 on the national folk DJ list, and celebrates the indomitable life force of the natural world and shines a light upon the beauty of the small and forgotten pockets of rural America.

The Robinsons will perform at the Palmer Street Coffeehouse beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.

The coffeehouse is located in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4 Palmer St. For more information, call 561-9418.

Performances are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.

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