On Saturday, August 26, at 7 p.m., songwriting duo Robinson & Rohe will come to the Mid West Music Store as part of their “Hunger” record release tour. Liam Robinson is a frequent collaborator with songwriters Anaïs Mitchell and Becca Stevens; Jean Rohe is an award winning songwriter and performer. Their debut duo record, “Hunger,” is a collection of songs about love and the land.
The Mid West Music Store is located at 168 East Third Street in Winona.
About Robinson & Rohe
Ask Robinson & Rohe how the duo was formed and they’ll look at each other as if to say, Which beginning should we begin with? The two have known each other for over a decade, developing a friendship as they pursued their separate careers — spanning everything from playing Brazilian jazz gigs to composing orchestral scores.
Over those years, the two grew into powerhouse performers. Liam Robinson honed his wide-ranging skills as an original cast member of the Tony Award winning play “Warhorse,” as musical director of Anaïs Mitchell’s Off-Broadway folk opera “Hadestown,” as a composer in the Red Light New Music collective, and as a member of the Becca Stevens Band. Meanwhile, Jean Rohe began touring and recording with her band, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show, honing a honeyed, far-ranging voice and collecting accolades along the way (“a sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” said the New York Times.) Rohe also garnered attention for her unflinching alternative anthem for the United States, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” which continues to be performed and recorded by choirs and bands across the country, and was published in the “Rise Up Singing” songbook sequel.
A few years ago, the two deepened their collaboration and began exchanging lyrics and music — Robinson taking a fragment of writing from Rohe and delivering it back to her married to a melody. The process was the start of what would become their debut record, “Hunger,” an album full of songs about love and land — often both at the same time. Written largely during a period of travels between the East Coast and the Upper Midwest, the record poses questions about the traditions we might carry on, and where to find hope in a country freighted with an inheritance that is both beautiful and troubling.