Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:00pm

Saddle Up With Bob Bovee March 10

Sponsored by: Branford Folk Music Society

And now for something entirely different.

The next monthly concert of the Branford Folk Music Society on Saturday, March 10 features Bob Bovee, who since 1971 has traversed the country bringing his authentic cowboy songs, ballads, blues and ragtime, square dance tunes, sentimental songs, novelty numbers and yodels to audiences at just about every type of musical venue from intimate coffeehouses to huge bustling country fairs.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday March 10 in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford 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 www.branfordfolk.org/

Bovee hails from Minnesota, but he’s a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo, guitar, autoharp and harmonica and is renowned for his dry and witty stage humor spiced with stories, history and folklore. This is rural music as played in homes, at dances and for earlier entertainments such as minstrel shows and country radio.

For nearly 35 years, Bovee was half of a renowned duo with Gail Heil, his wife, best friend and musical partner until her death in 2013. In addition to performing, he has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and served as an instructor for a course called “The History of Country Music” at the Honors Division of the University of Minnesota.

Bovee has appeared at just about every major folk festival in the United States and Canada and has performed on National Public Radio shows such as “Prairie Home Companion”, “Mountain Stage” and “River City Folk.” His extensive recordings go back to the days of tape cassettes and long-playing records, but he also has several compact disc offerings including the recent “Rails, Trails & Tall Tales.”

One writer in Cowboy Magazine summed up Bovee’s music perfectly: “Have you heard those real old recordings of a cowboy singing a traditional song? The songs have an ‘old’ quality about them, and the singers’ voices seem to belong to a dried up old puncher just in from off the trail. Well, intentional or not, that is exactly how Bob Bovee sounds. His voice isn’t pretty, but it’s darn sure true to the genre …he renders these songs with authenticity and affection. It seems as though he belongs to this music and it to him.”

The Branford Folk Music Society is a 44-year-old non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to furthering traditional folk music. In April, the society will sponsor two concerts, one on April 14 featuring young balladeer Matthew Byrne from Newfoundland, Canada, and another on April 28 highlighting the music and dance of Sicily with Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata, an ensemble that was scheduled to appear in December but fell victim to a snowstorm.

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