Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:00pm

One-man minstrel show at Branford Folk Nov. 11

Sponsored by: Branford Folk Music Society

Beloved performer Bob Zentz, who has been described as a one-man minstrel show, brings his smorgasbord of contemporary, traditional and original songs and stories to the Branford Folk Music Society on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St., on the Town Green.

Admission is $20 for non-members, $17 for members and $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call 203-488-7715 or access the society’s Web page at

From schools to concert halls, festivals to fairs, museums to libraries, and everywhere in between, Bob Zentz is dedicated to a life of presenting, performing and introducing traditional music and its derivatives to those who are already fans — and those unaware of its existence.

Zentz has been described in many ways, all of them right on and to the point, including a singer of songs, old and new, about people, places and times gone by; a player of dozens of the usual (and unusual!) “unplugged” folk instruments and a scholar of the evolution of “homemade music”.

He hails from the Tidewater region of Virginia and has been performing for more than five decades and offers up a program that is a unique testimony to this vast repertoire and varied personal interests. Concertgoers can expect to hear a concert that includes traditional Celtic tunes and ballads, science fiction songs, sea chanteys, tales of “old timers and old rhymers”, and the work of poets that he’s set to music.

Two of the most storied songwriters of the 20th century praised Zentz’s work, each in his own way. Upon hearing Zentz’s first recorded release, “Mirrors and Changes” (on Connecticut’s Folk-Legacy Records) country music legend Johnny Cash was moved to send the young artist an encouraging letter, saying, “Mirrors and Changes ... is one of the finest works I’ve heard by any artist.” And in 2007, at a symposium at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center honoring members of the Seeger family for their contributions to American music, music legend Pete Seeger asked Zentz, “Are you still writing those good songs? Your songs get around!”

In February of this year, Zentz became the first folk artist ever honored by a star in the Virginia “Legends of Music Walk of Fame” located in his hometown of Norfolk.

The society closes the 2017 portion of its concert schedule on Dec. 9 with a special holiday show featuring the infectious music and dance of Sicily and Southern Italy with Michela Musolino and the group Rosa Tatuata.

Admission: $20, $17
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street
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