The Good Coffeehouse Presents: Bob Conroy Concert
Sunday, January 6, 2019
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
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The son of a New York Irish labor union organizer with roots in Co. Roscommon, Bob was a student of the legendary Eric Darling from whom he learned banjo and guitar. His repertoire displays a great love of Irish-American and maritime songs. He is one of the mainstays of the monthly sea shanty sing on Staten Island.
Bob Conroy and Norm Pederson are committed to the preservation of traditional folk songs that illustrate the life, values, and work ethic of the American people. They have been performing traditional music since the folk revival of the 1960s, and they have appeared at folk festivals and clubs in the UK and Ireland, as well as in the American Roots series at Lincoln Center, Historic Richmond Town, The Noble Maritime Collection, Mystic Seaport Festival, and various other venues in the Northeast. Mr. Conroy, who studied with banjo virtuoso Erik Darling, plays five-string banjo, six-string guitar, and twelve-string guitar. Mr. Pederson plays multiple instruments, including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar. For this performance, they are joined by Bill Doerge; engaged in many forms of music, he plays string bass, accordion, keyboards, and guitar. Mr. Doerge, who has studied with jazz bassist Jimmy Garrison, is also a member of the group Bob Wright and Harbortown.
Jean Pederson, Norm’s wife, grew up in the folk revival. The Irish side of her family is noted singers and musicians in NYC and Washington, D.C. She and Norm wrote and performed the music for an off-off-Broadway play produced at the famed Café La Mama in the ’70s. Jean has written and performed Christian music for her own church for forty years.
This concert is cosponsored with the Good Coffeehouse at the Old Stone House, 336 Third Street in J.J. Byrne Park, between 4th & 5th Avenues, Brooklyn 11215.
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