Two Pools house concerts

Two Pools House Concerts offers a space for friends and neighbors to gather and enjoy acoustic music. All support goes to the artists. Mostly folk music.

Bob Franke

SUNDAY AUGUST 12 at 7:30 PM -
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We’re honored for this rare opportunity to host the great Bob Franke. I’ve listened to his music for over 25 years, and “Thanksgiving Eve” remains one of the most simply profound songs i’ve ever heard. Listening to it again as i’m writing this still makes me cry. In a good way: Thanksgiving Eve with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

Please join us at Two Pools in Meadowbrook (Northeast Seattle) on Sunday August 12 for an intimate evening in our living room listening to Bob tell stories and sing his songs. Reserve by filling out the reservation form above.

We’ll reply with confirmation and directions. Two Pools is a pet-free, smoke-free and fragrance-free space, please refrain from using scented products so everyone can enjoy the music. We participate in the Folk Alliance House Concert Agreement with PROs, which means our concerts are private events by invitation (if you are reading this, you are invited), and all donations go to the artists. We’ll open our doors at 7pm for snacks and socializing, with music starting at 7:30. You are welcome to bring drinks and finger foods to share if you wish.

Note that Facebook RSVPs do not hold reservations, please use the reservation link above to make reservations so we know to hold seats for you!

“Peruse the stars who have recorded Franke’s songs, and you find singers renowned as champions of the very best songwriters: Peter, Paul and Mary, June Tabor, Kathy Mattea, Tony Rice, Martin Simpson, John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers, Garnet Rogers, Claudia Schmidt, and David Wilcox. When ABC’s Nightline asked Alison Krauss to name her favorite songs, she cited Franke’s ‘Hard Love’ calling it ‘probably my favorite tune,’ and saying Franke was her hero and ‘main inspiration.” - Scott Alarik

“I always think of Bob Franke as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitars and gotten into songwriting.”
- Tom Paxton, songwriter

“Bob Franke writes the kind of songs that will still be sung a hundred years from now.”
- Christine Lavin, songwriter

“I believe that [Bob Franke’s] ‘Hard Love’ is one of the best songs written between 1950 and 2000 - and that includes Dylan and Joni.”
-Rich Warren, host of WFMT’s Midnight Special

More exerpts from Scott Alarik’s 2009 biography on Bob’s website, honoring his then 50 years of songwriting and performing:

“His performances shimmer with that same desire to meet his audiences eye-to-eye, neighbor to neighbor. His voice is warm, soft and familiar, like your favorite winter gloves. He is a superb guitarist, but you’ll never hear a show-offy trill or ‘look-at-me’ lick. Always, he leads you inside his music, using eloquent riffs and elegant, rolling patterns to underscore each song’s mood and meaning. You don’t focus on what a skilled guitarist he is, because he doesn’t want you to; he wants you to join him inside the song. That is his uniquely personal art, the folksy genius of Bob Franke.”

“One thing I love about Bob on stage,” says Rich Warren, host of the weekly Chicago radio show Midnight Special, and the live concert series Folkstage, “is his whole lack of ego, which really helps him get across to audiences. He doesn’t have any of this pretense that a lot of contemporary singer-songwriters have; he gets up there, and he’s just Bob. That works incredibly in his favor - because he can back it up with talent. I would put the word “honest” in capital letters next to his name.”

“Wherever he sings, before dozens or thousands, Franke never seeks to dazzle, but to befriend; to coax us to walk awhile with him, searching out life’s common chords, those mystical, crucial places where our lives can truly touch. It is the rarest skill for any performer or teacher; and it is why Franke’s devoted legions have never let him leave the stage, the classroom, or the universe of the song.”