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ALTHOUGH a little quieter than usual, there are some great performers to be seen over the Easter Holiday period.

Dana and Susan Robinson play traditional American music, as well as their own material, with “elegant simplicity”.

They are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience.

Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music exhibit a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

They are also completely charming.

The pair have been touring in the UK for many years now and have built up a big following.

They’ll be stopping off at the Davy Lamp in the Arts Centre, Washington on Saturday.Don’t miss them – they’re great!

Guest at the Wellington in Wolviston on Thursday, April 28 will be the magnificent Pete Coe.

Pete is another of my favourite performers.

A very talented musician on guitar, banjo, dulcimer and melodeon, he’s also an accomplished songwriter, a wonderful step-dancer and a great singer of traditional songs too. Highly recommended.

Meanwhile, at the Duke William in Skelton, you can see a stalwart of the UK folk scene when Dick Miles fills the guest spot.

Dick is a performer of mainly-traditional material, accompanying himself on Anglo concertina with lots of interesting tales.

Some of the local clubs are closed for the bank holiday weekend, so I’d advise you to check with venues before travelling.

Here’s the list of singers’ nights as far I know:

Sunday, at the Rugby Club, Guisborough; Monday at the Dun Cow, Bournmoor and the Sun Inn, Stockton; Tuesday, at the Sports Club, Newton Aycliffe, the Britannia, Darlington and the South Causey Inn, Stanley; Wednesday at the Catholic Club, Birtley and on Thursday, at the Tap and Spile, Durham, the Wellington, Wolviston, the Black Bull in Blaydon and Darlington Arts Centre.