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Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally at Annual San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival

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Nell Robinson and Jim NunallyBerkeley, CA -- Singer/Songwriter duo Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally return to the Bay Area reinvigorated following a successful East Coast tour which culminated in a standing room only audience at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Selected as one of the top female vocalists of 2011, Nell Robinson teams up with award-winning guitarist Jim Nunally to headline SFBOT's "Duo Night" at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church for an evening of music "at the intersection of bluegrass, Americana, country and folk."

This harmony-driven duo's musical style is reminiscent of classic country duets like George Jones and Tammy Wynette as well as singing siblings like the Louvin and Stanley Brothers. Think Del McCoury meets Iris Dement. Their highly-anticipated album of originals will be released this summer, but you'll get a preview at St Cyprian's! Alongside their own original material, Nell and Jim cover music ranging from Bill Monroe to Nine Inch Nails.

There is a timelessness and deftness to Nell Robinson's original song-writing style which evokes a by-gone era mixed with a modern twist to her lyrics. Music critics have hailed Nell's musical presence as "utterly charming,"and as having one of the "freshest voices" in roots music today. Her voice and style have been likened to early Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent and Hazel Dickens. She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and graced stages from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the Kennedy Center to Strawberry Music Festival and Kate Wolf.

Jim Nunally is a world-class guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and has toured extensively with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and John Reischman. He is the recipient of two Grammy Award certificates and two IBMA awards. He is also a two time Western Open Masterpicking Champion and Guitar Champion. His most recent CD, "Gloria’s Waltz", showcases his distinctive pickin’ and singing.

Nell's vocals range from haunting and melodic to soulful and spare. Add to that Jim's splendid harmonies which complement Robinson’s warm clear-as-a-bell lead vocals and watch the chemistry ignite! Artist sights and sounds can be found at www.nellrobinsonmusic.com .

Show Details: Friday, February 17 Duo Night-Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally, Misner & Smith, Jeanie and Chuck Poling 7:30 pm at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 2097 Turk Street, San Francisco -- $16 adv/$18 doors

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