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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.
What people are saying...
Want to attend or host a concert by Durand?
I’ll be playing songs I’ve written or wish I had Saturday evening from 7-10pm at the Hoover Beef O’Brady’s (5519 Grove Blvd, Hoover, AL 35226) No cover charge. (Tips are always welcome.) It’s been a while and I’d love to see as many local friends as possible! Funny story… I’m filling in for another musician Read more about Live at Beef O’Brady’s[…]
One of the cool things about being part of music communities like the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance are the doors that open to your music. Last week some of my songs were put into the play rotation of two folk/roots radio stations. Thanks to Ron Olesko at FolkMusicNotebook.com for reaching out and to Jon Stein, Read more about Folk Radio Play[…]
Hoping to be included in the official showcase at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance conference. Decided to make a little live performance video for my audition. Included three songs: Gonna Blame It On the Moon, I Think About You and Southbound Jet. Enjoy it. Share it.
It’s not every day that one of your songs makes it to an international music awards short list. “You Can’t Have My Boat” by Robert Abernathy and myself are in the top ten finalists for the Male Artist category of the International Acoustic Music Awards with the winner to be announced February 12th. Pretty exciting. Read more about Song makes IAMA finalist list[…]
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[…]