In the early 80’s, Dana settled in northern Vermont and built a house - sans electricity and phone - on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery and café where the folk concerts he presented became a valued cultural staple of the community. Dana launched into full-time touring after the release of his debut album Elemental Lullabye in 1994, encouraged by the request to perform at Carnegie Hall for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit concert. Since then, Dana has been performing more than 150 concerts each year across the US, Canada, and United Kingdom.
multi-instrumentalist (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo), Dana brings traditional music values into his contemporary songwriting. He integrates guitar styles from influences as diverse as America’s Norman Blake and Tim O’Brien to England’s Nick Jones and John Martyn. Dana’s songwriting has been likened to that of Steve Goodman and Dougie MacLean, and he sings with a warm and reedy tenor.
Susan brings her rich harmonies and the clawhammer-style banjo into Dana’s music. In 2002, Susan had been working as an environmental grantwriter in California and studying Scottish fiddle. A natural musician, having played piano and oboe in addition to the fiddle, Susan took instantly to the guitar and banjo when she and Dana met. Together they complete a circle that allows them to more fully explore their passion for merging traditional and contemporary music.
Every month Dana submits an e-journal called “Notes From The Road,” in which he relates his experiences as a performing songwriter. “Notes” are full of vivid stories of the land and the people encountered along America’s backroads and interstates.
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