"I thought I was back in the Mississippi Delta"--fan @ a recent concert
"She plays a mean slide with a sweet spirit."--fan @ a recent concert
Robin O'Herin is a touring blues and gospel musician, specializing in historically rich, often interactive concerts that include original and traditional American music, for schools, libraries and small listening rooms. Her concerts are warm, affirming experiences she shares with the audience. Let her take you on a journey of musical exploration through the Delta and Piedmont regions of the South. Song selections may include Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson and Robin's own original blues and fingerstyle ballads.
Robin was a finalist in the 2013 Memphis Blues Challenge. She played in the Tropea Blues Festival in Trope Italy in September '06. She was the headlining act in the Resophonic Blues Festival in Pilzen, CZ. in '05. She opened for the Doobie Brothers in Pittsfield, MA. and for Vance Gilbert and Michael Powers in Sept 04. Her arrangement of "Old Country Rock" and her original "Everhopeful" were used in the soundtrack for the PBS "2005 Roadtrip Nations" Series (episode 4). She was a Telluride Blues Finalist in 2009.
Robin has shared the stage with Paul Geremia, Andy Cohen and Roy Bookbinder. She is currently working on a new gospel CD and then hopes to jump right into a new blues and original CD. She teaches beginning delta and piedmont blues guitar and songwriting and partners with raisingtheblues.org and guitarsintheclassroom.org to bring the power of music into the classroom and hospitals to reach children and teachers in new and innovative ways.
Professional acoustic blues and gospel musician since 2002.
2014 Partnered with The Music School Outreach Program with BcArc
2014 Caffe Lena
2014 Joe Davies Folk Festival
2014 NERFA RI Showcase
2014 WCUW 40 Year Member Appreciation Part
2013 Boston Blues Challenge Finalist
2013 The Driving Song played on NPR's Car Talk
2013 Guitar Jam V: Anniversary The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA
2013 ACMA Listening Room, Fort Meyers, FL
2013 Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
2012 Tap & Blues with Stefanie Weber
2012 RockOn! Band Camp Songwriting Instructor, Pittsfield MA
2012 Caffe Lena Blues Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY
2012 Partnered with Music In Common, Great Barrington, MA
2011-Present 21st Century Grant After-school Program—Beginning blues guitar & songwriting, Monument Mt. High School, Instrument Building at Monument Middle School,
Great Barrington, MA
2011 Guitar Jam III: Ladies Night Out @ The Colonial Theater, Pittsfield, MA
2011- Present Partnered with Guitarsintheclassroom.org
2010-Present Partnered with RaisingtheBlues.org
2011 Old Songs Sampler Concert, Altamont, NY
2010 FODFest @ The Colonial Theater, Pittsfield, MA
2010 WCUW Front Room Concert Series, Worcester, MA
2009 Telluride Acoustic Blues Challenge Finalist
2008 The Guthrie Center, Housatonic, MA
2007 Taunton River Folk Festival, Taunton, MA
2007 Plymouth Blues and Folk Festival
2007 Black Potatoe Festival, NJ
2007 Opened for Paul Geremia
2007 Opened for Davis Coen, Bridgeport, CT
2006 Opened for Roy Bookbinder, Little Rock, AR
2006 Tropea Blues Festival in Tropea, Italy
2006 Memphis Blues Challenge finalist
2005 Licensed two songs to PBS for the soundtrack of the 2005 Roadtrip Nation DVD series (episodes 4 & 5)
2005 Headline act for the WRA’s “Resophonic Blues Festival” in the Czech Republic
2004 Opened for the Doobie Brothers, Pittsfield, MA
2003 and 2005 Boston Blues Challenge Finalist
2003-Present Teach songwriting, blues and jugband music at RockOn Band Camp, Pittsfield, MA
2003 and 2005 Boston Blues Challenge Finalist
2003 released "The Road Home" CD, holy blues
2002 released "Red, White and Blues" CD, country blues, gospel and originals
I love your laugh, your heart your faith and how He gives you insight and revelation knowledge that you share so clearly transformingly right to our hearts you minister everywhere with all kinds of music like tonight... thanks…recent fan
Teaching and Outreach in The Community
2006-2009 UMass Amherst. Bachelors Degree in Integrated Arts In Education
My fieldof study has enabled me to create a variety of Blues In The Schools Programs, as well as after-school programs and programs for people with
Some of the programs I have written and performed in schools, libraries and community centers include: Rhythm & Roots (a program for young children exploring the roots of African rhythms); Blues and the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance (for grades 4 and up); Blues, Songwriting and Poetry; and Tap & Blues (with Rhythm Tap Artist Stefanie Weber).
2010 I partnered with Raising The Blues and became their Western MA Director. The Mission of Raising the Blues is to bring music, instruments and instrument training to children who are sick, disabled and have special needs, in hospitals and schools. I have done hospital concerts, private lessons, and summer instrument building programs. Currently, I am teaching guitar at two schools, with four students for Raising The Blues, and am looking forward to doing my fifth summer of instrument building and music with the BRSD Special Needs Summer Program. We have built cigar box diddly bows, ukuleles and recycled instruments. See some of our work here: www.robinoherin.com/workshop-photos.html or email me for a youtube link.
2011 I partnered with Guitars In The Classroom. Their mission is to help teachers integrate music into curriculum through donating guitars and ukuleles, instrument training, and training in learning how to use songs to teach math, science, English and History, as well as classroom management. I taught a GITC class for a group of Berkshire County teachers in a series of sessions from 2011-2012.