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The 2017-2018 Concert Series presents...

Friction Farm
with The Robert Bobby Duo

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Concert 7:30 pm
at Ware Center

Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband-and-wife team of traveling troubadours.

Friction Farm

Friction Farm above; Robert Bobby Duo below.

Robert Bobby Duo

Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband-and-wife team of traveling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

Based in South Carolina, Friction Farm first came together in 1998 and combines the talents of two songwriters: lead vocalist and bassist Christine Stay and guitarist Aidan Quinn. Central to the group's music is Christine's powerful voice and their gorgeous harmony singing. They have been the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist. Friction Farm's live performance is full of funny and poignant stories, spontaneous diversions, audience participation, good music, and lots of fun!

A Musical Tribute

This concert is held in tribute to local musician Robert Bobby of the Robert Bobby duo. Robert was diagnosed with brain cancer this past January. Through this concert the folk community honors his strength and courage. See below for a note from the Robert Bobby duo.

These two husband-and-wife duos have been musical friends since meeting at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. They share a love of self-penned lyrics and powerful storytelling songs.

The Robert Bobby Duo

Making a special appearance for this concert is The Robert Bobby Duo, a perfect blend of folk, singer-songwriter, Americana and blues. Robert, who writes the songs for the group, became hooked on folk music when his brother turned him on to Bob Dylan's Free Wheeling album in his early teens. He has been a staple of the Central Pennsylvania music scene since his days as lead singer for The Speedboys, and has been favorably reviewed by music critics in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Sing Out! and numerous other publications. Mrs. Bobby, who learned to play bass because she figured "it was the best way to keep an eye on Mr. Bobby," occasionally adds background vocals.

Owen Salon, Ware Center

42 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
Directions & Venue Info

Concert: 7:30pm

  • $20 General Admission

  • $16 SFMS Members

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  • $5 Students

    — ages 3 to 22
  • Advance Tickets



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A Note from the Robert Bobby Duo

We are very touched that the Susquehanna Folk Music Society is planning this tribute concert to honor Robert who was diagnosed with brain cancer last January. Life for RB2 since this diagnosis has been like riding a never ending roller coaster. After a very rough six months, things have improved a lot but we are learning that living with cancer is unpredictable at best and heartbreaking at worst.

Through this tribute concert we are happy to introduce Friction Farm to the south central community. Friction Farm is Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay. Currently living in South Carolina, both are accomplished songwriters whose uplifting, inspiring lyrics, sweet harmonies and easy going stage presence have made them favorites of RB2. Their new release, So Many Stars, is moving up the Folk DJ play list as we speak.

Barring some catastrophe, RB2 should be able to attend the show and squeak out a few tunes. If we are really lucky, we may even be able to do a longer set, as had been planned for a Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert last spring. The Robert Bobby Duo is grateful to Susquehanna Folk and the Ware Center for hanging in there with us and booking the show in spite of this uncertainty. It means the world to both of us. Thank you.

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Funding Acknowledgments

logos: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Cultural Alliance of York County, Cultural Enrichment Fund

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

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