|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Robert J. Franke, 1947, Hamtramck, Michigan, USA. Singer and songwriter Franke began his career in 1965, while still a student at the University of Michigan. One of the first people to perform at the famous Ark Coffeehouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he graduated in English Literature from University, and moved to New England. Well respected by other musicians in the field, Franke has appeared at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, and a whole variety of venues in over half the states in the USA. In 1990 he was nominated Outstanding Folk Act by the Boston Music Awards. In addition to performing, he has run workshops in songwriting, and guitar, as well as lecturing on the blues at Boston Universitys College of Basic Studies. Franke is also an extremely versatile instrumentalist, accompanying himself on 12 string guitar, banjo, pennywhistle, lap steel guitar. As a writer, his songs have been covered by such talents as June Tabor, John McCutcheon, Claudia Schmidt,...