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Songwriting from the Center Workshop
   March 15 - 17, 2013
    Rowe Camp & Conference Center, Rowe, MA

Registration Page:  http://rowecenter.org/events.php?event=159


Bob in Russia, 2012

In March 2012, Macy Coffey, Joan Sherman, and Misha Rachlevsky conspired to bring Bob Franke to Russia for an evening with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. The evening was a great success, and Bob, Joan, and Ann Sherman spent 11 days in Russia seeing sites they'd never seen before.

Click Here to See Bob's Photo Album


 

Rehearsal with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin


Bob at Kennedy Center

From the Kennedy Center web site:  "The singer-songwriter is best known for his wise and spiritually generous songs, along with topical songs sugared with the hilarious."

Click here to watch a 53 minute clip of this performance.

Bob was on the Radio!!

On May 1, 2010, Bob was interviewed by Dale Connelly of Heartland Radio and Minnesota Public Radio.  There has been some interest in the lyrics to one of his songs from that appearance, so we've posted the full lyrics to My Next Drink on the Lyrics Page.

Bob's Booking Information

Please use the information at the "Get In Touch" page.  Thanks.

Bob's Big Poster

Bob has a new large poster for use by venues to announce his concerts.  It is a double sized page (11x17), prints in great color.  It is a very large PDF file, so be patient.  It will take a couple of minutes on a broadband connection.  We suggest that you right click on the file name below, then select Save Target As...  Save it on your hard drive, in case you need to print more later.  You don't want to re-load it if you can avoid it.

BobFrankePDFPoster.pdf

Read Scott Alarik's biographical piece about Bob on the Biography Page.

Get Bob's CDs and MP3s and listen to snippets of songs. 

All of Bob's in-stock products are available both as MP3 files and as CDs through the Nimbit store.  Click on the Buy CDs link on the menu to see Bob's link to Nimbit.

 They will also arrive at major mp3 outlets like iTunes, Rhapsody and others within the next few weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

Bob has a new Myspace page, which gives him another way to reach folks who want to know what he is up to these days.  The following is from Bob:

I've got a new MySpace site-- www.myspace.com/bobfrankespace.  So far, a few streaming songs, new dates, and comments, but I will keep working on things there.  I will investigate putting together a download store there and keep you all posted if it works out. Meanwhile, please visit and/or join the service. If you're a songwriter who wants to expand your web presence, I recommend you go to www.myspace.com/music and sign up there.

So now you have three ways to check up on Bob's activities (see menu links):

1.  This website

2.  The Song Journal, Bob's blog -- musings on a variety of subjects

3.  Bob's Myspace page, www.myspace.com/bobfrankespace

"Old, But Very Good News"

Also, "The Other Evening In Chicago" was on the best of 2005 lists of Susan Forbes Hansen of WFCR Radio in Amherst, MA; Mike Regenstreif of CKUT,
Montreal; and Ron Olesko of WFUV Teaneck, NJ.

Bob's Songwriting Workshops -- click on menu link to workshops
See the article about Bob entitled "Bob Franke: Patience is a Virtue" in the Spring 2005 issue of Sing Out Magazine.

Bob's Blog:  The Song Journal

Bob's blog is called The Song Journal (http://www.songjournal.blogspot.com), and is a way for him to offer "miscellaneous news and writing by Bob Franke, mostly about songs as a portable art form, and the process of creating them and enabling them to do their work in the world."

In 2003, Kathy Mattea covered Bob's song "Straw Against the Chill" on her second Christmas album, "Joy For Christmas Day."

In the spring of 2004, Peter, Paul and Mary released "Alleluia, The Great Storm Is Over" on their CD "In These Times."


"It's his integrity. I always think of Bob as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitars and gotten into songwriting. There's touches of Mark Twain and Buddy Holly in there, too."

Tom Paxton

"While fans from Claudia Schmidt to June Tabor may have...incredible taste in picking songs...when they sing Massachusetts-based Bob Franke's tunes, neither they nor anyone else can come close to the emotional (and spiritual) depth Franke brings to his understated songs of the heart, from 'Hard Love' to 'The Great Storm Is Over'. He continues also to dig into Robert Johnson's blues, and songs that offer hilarious uses of everything from bicycle repair to computers as metaphors for sex. In the folk singer-songwriter realm, Franke is simply the best."

Express, Berkeley, California

"In the folk singer-songwriter realm, Franke is simply the best."  

Larry Kelp, Express, Berkeley, CA

" . . . a singer-songwriter unsurpassed for his lyrical grace . . . one of our wisest and most spiritually graceful songwriters"

The Boston Globe, Boston, MA

"...a standard of songs that most writers can only dream about, and admire in drop-jawed silence"

Folk Roots