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Folk duo will perform Saturday

Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 5:19 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012 5:21 p.m. CST
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Dana and Susan Robinson

PRINCETON — Folksingers Dana and Susan Robinson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Princeton Coffeehouse. They have been described as “modern day Woody Guthries” (Dirty Linen).

The Robinsons integrate styles from Appalachian, Celtic and African traditions to create a unique fresh sound. Whether singing traditional songs or Dana’s compositions, they use guitar, banjo fiddle and mandolin as their main instruments.

Married and now performing together for almost a decade, the Robinsons tour widely in this country and the UK, while still calling Asheville, N.C., their home.

When Dana, a native of the Pacific Northwest, moved to northern Vermont in the early 1980s, he discovered a thriving songwriters scene and a center of traditional mountain music. He also founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue. After the release of his 1994 debut CD, “Elemental Lullabye,” he started touring full-time.

Susan grew up in New England in a musical family and studied piano, oboe and Scottish fiddle. She was working in the environmental field in California when she met Dana in 2002. Since settling in North Carolina, they have drawn on and contributed to the rich musical and songwriting tradition of the region.

Dana has released nine albums and, as a duo, the Robinsons have released three, most recently “Big Mystery” in 2009. In his songwriting, Dana explores the natural and human history of America, as in his composition Cairo, about the once bustling southern Illinois river town beset by severe economic decline, natural disasters and racial strife.

The Coffeehouse is located at the Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St. in downtown Princeton. The venue is completely accessible and there is ample free parking. Admission is $10 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.

The Princeton Coffeehouse offers traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music, monthly August through May. For information, visit www.theprincetoncoffeehouse.com or call 815-872-6501.

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