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IT is a true craftsman who can write a song which sits easily alongside some of the best traditional music around.

IT is a true craftsman who can write a song which sits easily alongside some of the best traditional music around.

And Dana Robinson has that skill.

His words and music have a timeless quality which convinces first-time listeners that it is a time-honoured song which has just been given a new lease of life.

And it is not just his ability to compose words and melodies.

He has a natural flair on a host of instruments which leave audiences amazed at his abilities.

Add to this mix Susan Robinson, with her equal skill on anything with strings and you have an exciting duo new to this area.

Hailing from North Carolina, Dana and Susan deliver an exciting blend of original songs of the American landscape alongside old time Appalachian mountain music.

With Dana on guitar and fiddle, Susan’s clawhammer banjo playing and harmony singing they bring a joy to their concerts.

Their genius lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking an experience that touches on deep emotions.

They can make an audience howl with laughter or hush with reflection as they take them on a journey across America.

Underpinning the songs is their trademark guitar/banjo sound with its unrelenting groove.

When Dana moved to New England he discovered a thriving songwriter’s scene and a deep well of traditional mountain music.

Sue grew up in a musical family in New England and studied piano, oboe, and fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002 at a house concert.

On moving to North Carolina, Sue began studying with many of the great old time musicians in the area.

Dana and Susan Robinson are at the Rock@Maltby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby next Friday. Tonight’s guest is one-man blues band Mike Whellans, whose dexteerity on guitars, mouth-harps, vocals and drum kit are a tour de force. In the early 70s he was a member of traditional Scots–Irish Band Boys of the Lough and also worked in a duo with fellow-Boy Aly Bain.

Amateur Stage Round-Up

Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society are performing a double bill of HMS Pinafore and The Zoo at Sheffield University Drama Studio today and tomorrow. Tickets £10/£9 Tel 01246 416364.

The Stannington Players present Curtain up on Murder by Bettine Manktelow in the Lomas Hall, Stannington today and tomorrow at 7.30pm Tickets £5/£6 Tel 2342176 or see www.stanningtonplayers.org.uk

Hallam ‘89 Theatre Club present Men of the World at Sheffield University Drama Studio from 28-30 April at 7.30 pm Tickets £6/£7 Tel 2335333/2303718.