Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robbins

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Friday, April 12, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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St. John’s United Church

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In America, Larry Hanks is considered a “National Treasure”, having performed to folk music audiences for over 50 years. Together with Deborah Robins they are acoustic performers of traditional American songs with guitar and 6-string banjo.

Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins have just returned from a wonderful year of touring the U.S., UK, and Canada including performances at: The Kennedy Center, The Old Songs Festival, The Brooklyn Folk Festival, The Bluff Country Gathering, Adams Avenue (San Diego) Folk Festival, The Fox Valley Festival (Geneva, IL), Pinewoods (NY)

In case you are not familiar with us: Larry Hanks, is known as a “folksingers’ folksinger”, who has been delighting audiences for over 50 years with his deep bass voice, sparse acoustic guitar accompaniments, and acclaimed Jew’s Harp playing. Hanks is probably best known for his classic “folk” song, “Apple Picker’s Reel”.

Larry can be heard on recordings of David Grisman, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Mike Seeger, The New Lost City Ramblers, and many others; and has performed with Utah Phillips, Gordon Bok, Fred Holstein, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Elizabeth Cotten, Malvina Reynolds, Geoff Muldaur, and on and on…

Now performing with wife and musical partner, Deborah Robins, the two are becoming even more beloved for an eclectic repertoire of American traditional, work, blues, and political songs; the music of Utah Phillips, Larry Penn, Leadbelly, Sam Hinton, Stephen Foster; and others in the pantheon of American vernacular/working people’s music.

Actively touring Europe, the UK, and US, Hanks & Robins bring a warm and homey stage presence, most comfortable in creating an intimate musical evening, long remembered by all in attendance.

Accompanying Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins will be Steven Strauss, an undisputed master of the ukulele as a melody-forward SOLO lead (as opposed to solely rhythm). Presenting the instrument as a unique voice, audiences “forget they’re listening to a ukulele”, as his precision brings a transcendence to the instrument. His influence can be felt far and wide amongst West Coast acolytes, who clamor to hear an eclectic mix of jazz and traditional standards, played with precision in his sparse and thoughtful arrangements.

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