Bob will be performing for Two Pools House Concerts in Seattle. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and reservations, or inquire on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TwoPoolsHouseConcerts.
Saturday Night in Marblehead will continue its series with a special June 17 concert by its founder, Bob Franke. Opening for Bob will be the wonderful young songwriter Lincoln Gray. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show begins at 8. Saturday Night in Marblehead is located at the Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette Street in Marblehead, near the Salem line. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Bob Franke's songs have travelled all over the English speaking world. They have been recorded and/or performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary; John McCutcheon; Kathy Mattea; June Tabor; Lui Collins; Claudia Schmidt; and a host of others. Some have been published in Episcopal, Quaker, and Mennonite hymnals. Bob himself has performed them in 35 states and 4 Canadian provinces. He has toured England twice. His latest international concert occurred in 2014, 18 stories beneath the streets of Moscow as guest artist with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in a Cold War bunker converted into a music hall. Http://www.bobfranke.com
Lincoln Gray is a delightful young writer and performer of songs with insightful humor for both children and adults. Https://soundcloud.com/lincoln-gray
Saturday Night in Marblehead will present Fishken and Groves in concert at the Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St. in Marblehead, MA. Doors open at 7:30 and the concert begins at 8pm. Requested donation is $15 at the door.
David Fishken and Ellen "Buffie" Groves are a folk-country-cowboy double guitar "gent and lady duet" widely known and loved in the greater Boston area. They offer a traditional sound with a unique harmony style, as well as humor reminiscent of George Burns and Gracie Allen (hint: Fishken takes the role of Gracie). You'll be singing and yodeling along.
Bob will participate at an extraordinary gathering of teachers of songwriting in Groton, MA. More info at wumb.org's web site:
On Good Friday night at 8pm, the Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St. in Marblehead, MA will present Bob's Good Friday cantata, "Meditations on the Passion." Donations will be accepted but will not be collected at the door--the work is the church's gift to the surrounding community. The cantata was first created and performed in 1980, and has been performed at St. Andrew's nearly every year since then. This year's participants will include Reggie Harris, Sally Rogers, Doug Johnson, Carolyn Waters, Geoff Bartley, Chuck Hall, Howie Bursen, Anne Hills. Kate Katzberg, Kim Wallach, Paul Combs, Joshua Levin-Epstein, and John Kirk.
Bob writes: “Many friends from the music world as well as many fine singers from the parish have been with the production throughout its lifetime. You will find the names of various cast members and musicians over the years on some of the finest recordings and writing in the classical, pop, folk and jazz worlds. Although the story we retell here is at the core of Christianity, it is not necessarily about being a Christian. It’s about being human in the presence of the Divine, and it’s about the presence of Redemption in the midst of the most horrific and tragic dimensions of the human condition.”
Renowned country blues and Americana musician and W.C. Handy award nominee Martin Grosswendt will perform on Saturday, January 21 at Saturday Night in Marblehead at the Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead, MA. Doors open at 7:30 and the music begins at 8pm. Admission is $15 at the door.
Sally Rogers has had a long and greatly honored career touring the US, Canada and Europe, and has created many wonderful recordings accompanied by her dulcimer and guitar, most recently with Claudia Schmidt. Her husband, winemaker Howard Bursen, is a near-legendary clawhammer banjo virtuoso. Together they make the kind of music of which only long time partners are capable. We are delighted to present them both.
Claudia Schmidt performs at Saturday Night in Marblehead, Church of St. Andrew, Marblehead, MA. Doors open at 7:30, Tickets $15 at the door. (781)631-4951
Bob will be teaching his Songwriting from the Center class and a class in arranging songs for solo banjo (!) at WUMB's Fall Acoustic Music Weekend from October 7 to the 9th in Groton, Massachusetts. More info at http://www.wumb.org/samw/camps/fall-weekend-2016/