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Hard Luck Café: Robinson & Rohe
May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Acclaimed American songwriting duo Robinson & Rohe (www.robinsonandrohe.com) will take the stage at the monthly Hard Luck Café series co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington) in the Cinema’s Sky Room on Wednesday, May 17, from 7-10 p.m. An open mic precedes the concert.
Tickets are $25 ($20 for Cinema Arts Centre/FMSH members) and can be purchased online at https://cinemaartscentre.org or at the Cinema Arts Centre box office now through the evening of the event.
Robinson & Rohe features Liam Robinson (banjo, accordion, vocals) and Jean Rohe (guitar, vocals). Since the release of their debut record, Hunger, in 2017, they have taken their music all over the US, Switzerland, UK, and Ireland, lighting up venerable folk venues and festivals from Club Passim to The Green Note and opening for Tom Paxton and Anaïs Mitchell along the way. In April 2021 they were the first act to welcome live audiences back to Caffè Lena since the pandemic began.
Now, Robinson & Rohe is poised to release a new collection of songs, Into the Night, on Righteous Babe Records in May 2023, showcasing their skill as producers and arrangers. After a long production period, made longer by the pandemic, and preceded by a touring hiatus during which Liam served as vocal-arranger and music-director of Anaïs Mitchell’s smash hit Broadway musical Hadestown and Jean released Sisterly, an award-winning record of her own, this record is long overdue. Into the Night builds on the keen-eyed writing, detailed arrangements, impeccable duo singing, and modern American themes explored in Hunger but takes a new tack with the addition of drums, electric guitars, horn section, and vocal ensemble.
“Robinson & Rohe are musicians’ musicians,” says Mike Pengra of Minnesota Public Radio. “They create a perfect duo–listening, waiting, complementing each other, and adding just what needs to be added to a song at just the right moment.”
A power couple if there ever was one, the two pursue individual artistic lives outside of R&R, making names for themselves and finding their places in NYC’s richly overlapping arts scenes. In addition to his critical role in the success of Hadestown, Liam was a member of the Broadway cast of Warhorse and an integral member of the Becca Stevens Band, shaping its sound since its inception. Jean’s songwriting has won honors from the Kerrville Folk Festival (2022 New Folk winner), the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (most-wanted artist), the Brooklyn Arts Council (2022 grant recipient), The Independent Music Awards (2019 Best Adult Contemporary Album), and The Telluride Troubadour contest (2016 finalist). She is perhaps best known for her oft-covered video single, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” a stirring alternative to the Star Spangled Banner featuring brass arrangements by Liam.
Robinson & Rohe live in Brooklyn, NY.