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Uncle Eddie & Robin Band at Towngate

March 1, 2012
Times Leader

WHEELING - The Uncle Eddie and Robin Band brings its energy and crowd-pleasing style to the Towngate Theatre stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3 as Oglebay Institute continues its season of live music.

A dynamic musical duet with a taste of the old and a flair for the new, Ed and Robin Mahonen's energy belies their age, and the breadth of their life experience makes for a rich and rewarding musical evening. This husband-wife team combines their voices in stunning, tight harmonies on songs that pack a punch, and their musical chemistry is undeniable and their sound is unmistakable.

Ed "Uncle Eddie" Mahonen is an icon in the Appalachian music scene. His wildly imaginative banjo playing, silky vocals, and intelligent, witty songwriting make him a joy to listen to. His style incorporates elements of bluegrass and folk, which he has shaped into a unique and original blend, which he terms, "plunk rock". Ed met Robin at an open-mic jam night, which Ed hosted in Wheeling. Robin is the daughter of the late Jimmy Knepper, internationally renowned jazz trombonist, and Maxine Fields Knepper, a strong independent woman who was already on the road with her trumpet at the age of 16, before anyone had ever coined the term "feminist."

Uncle Eddie and Robin have released a CD titled "When We're Together" consisting of eleven original songs. It features stunning vocal arrangements and some dazzling instrumental work by Ed and several guest artists. Ed's solo work, "My Own Words," is a compilation of ten original songs, including the often requested "West Virginia Farm," and "Let 'Em Eat Cake," and the amusing, yet socially poignant, "Plain White Rapper," which leaves audiences scratching their heads. Stylistically, they are literally all over the map, and yet they expertly craft their shows to the particular taste of their listeners.

Don't miss "Uncle Eddie and Robin" at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Towngate Theatre, 2118 Market Street, Wheeling. The popular band "Bridges" will perform May 26. No reservations are taken for Oglebay Institute musical shows. Tickets are available at the door only, so come early for best seats. Call 304-242-7700 for more information.



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