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Bob Zentz and Charles Ipcar sing The Songs of Cicely Fox Smith

Concerts celebrate release of new edition of poetry by one of Britain's premier maritime authors

October 1, 2012 -- A series of special events at two landmark Hampton Roads maritime venues will shine a light on the woman who was long one of Britains unknown maritime literary treasures.

Concerts at Yorktown's Watermen's Museum and Virginia Beach's Old Coast Guard Station will feature Tidewater Troubadour Bob Zentz and Maine's Charles Ipcar in an evening of storytelling and song, "The Songs of Cicely Fox Smith.

Ipcar is co-editor with Jim Saville of The Complete Poetry of Cicely Fox Smith, a new edition featuring the nautical poems of British poet Cicely Fox Smith (1882-1954) as recently republished by Little Red Tree Publishing, 2012.  This poetry book includes over 640 poems, 90 of which have been recorded as songs by nautical singers from all over the world in recent years.

Bob and Charlie will present a short overview of Cicely Fox Smith's life and poetry, and perform many of her sea poems that have been adapted for singing. The poetry book will be available for sale, as will the songbook Sea Songs of Cicely Fox Smith, and CDs featuring songs adapted from Cicely Fox Smith poems -- including Bob's 2007 release Closehauled on the Wind of a Dream, and several CDs recorded by Charlie, including his latest release, Songs from an Old Sea Chest.


Charles Ipcar is a singer of traditional and contemporary sea music who has toured from coast to coast in the States as well as in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He has also been featured as a solo performer and workshop leader at the prestigious Mystic Sea Music Festival in Connecticut, and has performed with his band Roll & Go at that same Festival.


For five decades, Bob Zentz has been at the heart of the Hampton Roads traditional music scene.  The Norfolk native performs internationally yet still lives and plays in his hometown, and is active in nurturing the next generation of traditional music performers, in the belief that the future of our world depends upon our youth, and music.  Information about Bob's music, life, friends, performances, and programs for all ages elementary school to elders is available at www.bobzentz.com



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