Folk music concert at Moore Free Library

NEWFANE — Bob Zentz and Jeanne McDougall Zentz return to Moore Free Library for a concert of folk music and "edu-tainment" on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Bob Zentz is a singer of songs about people, places and times gone by, a teller of the tales behind the songs he sings and a scholar of the evolution of homemade music. From traditional Celtic ballads and sea chanteys to science fiction songs and poetry set to music, the evening's selections will be chosen from his vast repertoire of more than 2,000 songs. Bob Zentz brings to every performance a variety of instruments ranging from the more common guitar and concertina to the more unusual hurdy-gurdy and his 1-inch harmonica. Bob and Jeanne Zentz effortlessly weave vocals, instruments, anecdotes, humor, humanity and history into an evening of pure musical fun and entertainment.

Bob Zentz began performing professionally in his native Norfolk, Va., in 1962 in "The Troubadours" with James Lee Stanley. In 1966 Bob began a two-year stint as a sonar man in the U.S. Coast Guard, aboard the high-endurance cutter CGC Sebago. During this time, his songwriting came to the attention of Hollywood, and upon leaving the service in 1969, he was hired as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. But fate had other plans for him when the show was cancelled by CBS. After the 1971 San Fernando earthquake literally shook him out of bed, Bob Zentz packed up and returned home to Norfolk with the dream of creating a special place for people who loved traditional music and acoustic sounds as much as he did. Ramblin' Conrad's Guitar Shop and Folklore Center was named for the man who embodied his ideal of the singer and the song — the late William Conrad Buhler, immortalized by him in song as "Ramblin' Conrad."

In late 2016, Bob announced the donation of the first phase of his folklife collection to Old Dominion University. In February 2017, he became the first folk artist ever honored by a star in the Virginia Legends of Music Hall of Fame.

Bob Zentz has served as artist-in-residence for students of all ages, has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and has crewed on the late Pete Seeger's Clearwater Sloop. In 2006 his recording of his song "Horizons" was selected for inclusion in Songs for the Earth, a tribute to environmental author and pioneer Rachel Carson. Johnny Cash called Bob Zentz's first release, "Mirrors and Changes," " one of the finest works I've heard by any artist."

Moore Free Library is located at 23 West St.


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