Two well-known local folk artists, Robyn Landis and John Coinman, will join forces in a special collaborative songfest on Tuesday (Aug. 18) at 11:30 a.m. in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room. Landis and Coinman, who both live in Tucson, have national reputations as songwriters and performers.
Landis has been a professional writer all her life. She began writing poems at the age of four. She published magazine articles as a teenager and wrote two best-selling books in her twenties.
Her literary skills transferred to song-craft when she began performing in 2005. Since then she has gathered more than 55 songwriting honors, including first place at the Woody Guthrie Festival, Grand Prize in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, and 2012 Wildflower! Festival Songwriting Contest Winner.
Her voice has been called unpretentious and authentic. Her lyrics exhibit unusual literacy, honesty, and a fierce sense of justice. Her 2009 recording, “Many Moons,” was one of the most-played records on folk radio, reaching Number 16 on the Folk-DJ charts.
Coinman is an award-winning songwriter who has collaborated with many artists and writers including John Densmore of The Doors. He has had numerous songs in movies and television; he was the Music Supervisor of Kevin Costner’s film, “Dances With Wolves.”
Coinman’s latest album, Already Are, exhibits his expert musical talent and includes songs that look unflinchingly at the pain of the victims of circumstance. “Oklahoma City,” for example, recalls the bombing there in 2005, while “Five Minutes From America” views the world through the eyes of a Hurricane Katrina refugee.
Written by Priscilla Moore, Academy Village Volunteer