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2012 – 2013 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2014-2015.

TFFM Gathering

Ramblin’ Conrad’s 1972


Ramblin’ Conrad’s 1972

Time & Place

Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 10:30 am   vCalendar Icon

4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Map & directions




There’s a significant musical storm brewing up for the late summer and it’s headed our way. Musicians and lovers of folk music are gathering for a big reunion and word of its happening is spreading like wildfire.




Do you remember when Tidewater Friends of Folk Music was called Songmakers of Virginia? Did you attend or help organize the Old Dominion Folk Festival? Did you ever attend a concert at The Barn? How about listening to music at the Upstairs or the Red Mule? What about Ramblin’ Conrad’s Guitar Shop on Hampton Blvd., across from ODU, or the shop on Military Highway? Remember the great in store concerts and impromptu jam sessions held there? If you do, or even if you don’t, get ready for one fantastic event to be presented by Tidewater Friends of Folk Music because we’re planning a Gala Celebration to reunite “All The Good People.”

This is a song for all the good people
All the good people who touched up my life.
This is a song for all the good people
People I’m thankin’ my stars for tonight.
— Ken Hicks

So if you’re a musician touring through the area or thinking of an end of summer road trip…come on…ya know ya wanna stop by.

Inside Ramblin’ Conrad’s


Inside Ramblin’ Conrad’s

With this celebration we want to take you back so you can re-live some of the best times of your life. We want to let you feel and hear again the music that true friendship’s were built on and still remain today, some 40 years later. We want you to experience the magic of the music. Without the dedication and commitment from so many wonderful people, Tidewater Friends of Folk Music might not have made it this far. Like they use to say some 40 years ago… “You’ve Come A Long Way Baby.”

The date of this gathering is set for Saturday, August 25th at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach. We’ll be offering workshops, mini concerts, jam sessions, and main-stage performances. It’s going to be a day full of excitement, and sharing, and a time for renewal when good friends come together. Come and experience the Peace, Love and Joy that music always brings!

This is a FREE event. The day begins at 10:30AM and runs till 4:30PM. We’ll take a dinner break and open the doors again for the evening event at 5:45PM; show time will be at 6:00PM. We do request that you make reservation for a seat in the theater. Don’t end up on the waiting list. If you plan to attend please sign up now.

Workshop/Demo Schedule
Updated August 11, 2012

10:3011:00 Mountain Dulcimer
Gayle Lingard will demonstrate and share the history of the Mountain Dulcimer.
11:0011:30 Fiddle — John Currie
11:3012:00 Clawing Our Way to the Top
Dreda Symonds and Geary Parkinson will show you an old banjo playing style called Clawhammer.
12:001:00 “The Sea, the Ship & the Sailor” — Bob Zentz
Sea Shanty Master and multi-instrumentalist Bob Zentz will open up a treasurer chest of wonderful stories and songs.
1:001:30 Memorial
Friends will remember TFFM members who played a huge part in our history. Bobby Slagel, Herb Selby, Roland Lakey, Al Linderman, Gene Krah be honored. John Currie, Steve Proescher, Marsha Wallace, and Greg Anderson will lead this one.
1:302:00 Piedmont Blues
Jackie Merritt and Resa Gibbs of the MSG Acoustic Blues Band will present a workshop on the history of the Piedmont Blues.
2:002:30 Ukulele: 4 strings, Endless Possibilities!
The Ramblin Conrads kids are all grown up! Local singer-songwriter Skye Zentz will introduce you to the versatility of the Ukulele and play you some of her soulful, eclectic tunes. Come ready to sing, tap or clap along!
2:303:00 Hammer Dulcimer
Bobby Clark has been playing the Hammer Dulcimer for 36 years. He and fellow players Geary Parkinson and Bob Zentz gave Tidewater its first look at this amazing 2000 year old instrument at Ramblin’ Conrads Guitar Shop in 1976. I wouldn’t be surprised if this doesn’t turn into a HD Jam.
3:003:30 Guitar — Amy Ferebee
Multiple guitar styles taught by one of the best performers and teachers in all of Tidewater
3:304:00 Boom, Click & Tweet
Susan Lawlor, Dave McNew and Track McCreary on bodhran, bones and penny whistle. Get your Irish on for this one