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January 2, 2014

Robinsons bring Appalachian, original music to Palmer

PLATTSBURGH — Dana and Susan Robinson return to the Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh on Friday evening.

It’s been three years since the Asheville-based duo shared their exquisite Americana sound. Accompanying themselves on the fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin, they will draw heavily from their new CD, “American Hornpipe.”

On Monday, they made a 16-hour trek to southern Vermont through rain and snow.

“By the end of it, we were wiped out, and I’m still feeling it today,” Dana said. “We have today to rest, a concert New Year’s Eve and we’re good to go.”

The Robinsons are just two weeks back from a six-week tour of England, Wales and Scotland.

“It’s really fantastic,” Dana said. “The venues there are really perfect for the kind of music we do. They’re not too dissimilar from a venue like Palmer Street. They seat between 60 and 120 people. The thing is the audiences over there are really enthusiastic. They do their homework about the music they’re coming to see. They sing along and participate, and it’s really fun. They buy CDs, which is really great.”

In the last few years, the Robinsons have crossed the Atlantic several times to bring their interpretation of songs that originated on those European shores.

“Our American music is Scottish, Irish and English,” Dana said. “We interpret it as Americans, and we bring it back over there and they like that. They connect with everything that is traditional. These old songs have been around for a reason. They’re great songs, and they have been around hundreds of years. That gives us an opportunity to play our original stuff. If they respect us for the traditional stuff, they respect us for our original stuff and it’s a nice little exchange.”

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