Kendra Ward & Bob Bence
|Time & Place|
|Saturday, February 5, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
|Seniors, Military & Students w/ID||$13|
|Dulcimer Workshop Attendees||$12|
|Children 7–17 w/paying adult||1/2 price|
|Children under 7||free|
Every Saturday night, music could be heard coming from a little log cabin deep in the hills of Appalachia. Every Saturday night, Kendra Ward then just a child, could be found there, along with a host of relatives, friends, and neighbors, all making music with banjos, fiddles, guitars and dulcimers.
Kendra's unique upbringing has left her with a powerful link to her Appalachian roots. This connection has been recognized by Derrick Bell of the Grammy award-winning "Chieftains" band. He wrote from his home in Ireland to let Kendra know that he enjoyed her Way Down Yonder CD, and that the original tunes sounded so authentic he had assumed they were traditional!
From these traditional roots, Kendra strives to carry her heritage into the future. She is committed to sharing her musical legacy with others, whether it is a 4th grader who asks, "how do you play that thing?" or an octogenarian with a tear in her eye, who says, "I have-not heard that tune since Dad played it on his fiddle 70 years ago!" When Bob Bence met Kendra back in 1983, he had no idea that his life was about to make a hard left turn. In those days, Bob was entertaining audiences as a member of an improvisational comedy group and performing stand-up on the side. Guitar playing was just a hobby. However, after hearing Kendra play, Bob was completely captivated, both by Kendra, and her amazing hammered dulcimer! Before he even knew it, Bob had put his comedy career on the shelf, and made "making music" his new full time gig. Nowadays, Bob's offbeat sense of humor helps to keep his concert appearances with Kendra unpredictable and uproariously funny.
While live performances are certainly the best way to experience the magic of Kendra Ward and Bob Bence, their music has been captured on numerous recordings. They have released four albums of traditional and original tunes, along with a recording of old-time gospel favorites and one of Christmas classics. These recordings have sold tens of thousands of copies, bringing Appalachian music into homes around the world.
Together, Kendra and Bob have earned a reputation as one of the most entertaining and accomplished traditional music duos in the nation. They have appeared on stage with The Statler Brothers, Debbie Reynolds, Bill Monroe, Allison Kraus, John Hartford, David Holt, and a host of other top performers. They have toured the United States from coast to coast, and are international favorites throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Whether on stage, on record, or in print, few artists communicate with his honesty, wit, charm and talent of Kendra Ward and Bob Bence.