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About Durand Robinson
Telling stories is as natural as breathing. Life is full of them.
I started writing and performing in the early 70's, when the songwriter ruled the airwaves. Music started as an escape as someone who was always the new kid, but it became a vehicle for connecting with people in the end. I write to connect with people through shared experiences, aspirations and disappointments. My concerts are less about me and more about the conversation I'd live to have with you, the audience.
I go by Durand instead of Noel because of a story. I've moved more than twenty times. There are lots of stories behind that. I've lived around the world (France, Germany, Belgium, Bangladesh, and of course my beloved Ireland). And now I'm in the south, living my story here.
I feel like I've lived a dozen lives in half a century hearing other people's stories while working through grad school as an illustrator, mentoring students, running a resort in the Alps, touring as a musician in Europe for years, and making a living helping non-profits leverage creative media for good.
The influence of other people's lives and the stories they are creating seep into the lyrics and melodies of my music and change who I am.
That's my story. What's yours?
I've moved over 30 times in my life.
We lived abroad for almost 30 years and love speaking French.
I'm a graphic designer, videographer and audio technician
I couldn't stop writing if I tried. My co-writers are my tribe.
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This year’s focus is on writing and playing more around Birmingham and the southland. One way to get more connected will be heading to New Orleans for the Folk Alliance International conference at the end of the month. I’ll be connecting with folks from Europe and French speaking Canada as well as “all y’all” from Read more about New Year, New Music![…]
I also wanted to recognize in the humor of this song that being left alone with the dogs isn’t necessarily the worst thing that could happen for some folks. Companionship is a wonderful thing. I decided to write “The Dogs and Me for Christmas” for a couple of reasons. I wanted to remind us that there Read more about The Dogs and Me for Christmas[…]
It’s coming Black Friday… the premiere of “The Dogs and Me for Christmas”. If you haven’t heard, I put out the word to a bunch of dog loving friends who’ve sent me amazing holiday photos of their pets. I combined that with a live performance of my tune “The Dogs and Me for Christmas” and Read more about Wait for it… Black Friday Video[…]
Attention DOG LOVERS! I need your cutest holiday pictures and video clips of your canine friends! Somebody asked what kind of pictures? See if you can find some of your dogs in christmas outfits or getting into mischief with with gifts, the tree, christmas treats, etc… funny stuff mainly… or just some Christmas puppy love! Read more about Attention Dog Lovers@Xmas[…]
Been reviewing, learning and recording some of my originals for you to listen to online. Here are a few of them.
My co-writer and friend Robert Abernathy has pulled out all the stops on his new album “Take A Swing”. Featuring several of our co-writes and one of my own songs we perform together, I feel a bit like I’m launching an album as well. Writing with Robert has been the highlight of my musical year. Read more about Album Launch 8/2/19[…]