“This is America’s best Scottish Master of Ceremonies!”
That’s how Bob Valentine was introduced to an audience of 1,000 people last year. On the road to earning that title, he has performed with Alec Beaton, Smithfield Fair, Albannach, Colin Grant-Adams, Seven Nations, Ian Bruce and many more. His goal is to prepare the audience for the group, and keep the evening moving toward a pleasant conclusion, whether it’s a Burns Supper on a cold January night or a festival on a warm spring day.
Bob was born in New York, the son of a Scottish immigrant and a Swedish American mother. As a graduate of the University of Kentucky, he considers the "Bluegrass State" his home. For over 30 years, Bob has been known as a public speaker, entertainer, actor, director and “compere.”
A well-known interpreter of the works of Mark Twain, Bob is the founder of The Spinners!, Kentucky’s only professional storytelling troupe. The group was featured on the Nostalgia Network and on the Americana Television’s Storyteller’s Theatre. In 2008, he released his first recording of Scottish jokes and tales, I’ll Tak the Low Road. His most recent book of humor, Seasons, is published by New Caledonian Press and is available at selected bookstores and on BarnesandNobles.com.
Bob is a Past-President of the Caledonian Society of Murray, Ky., and regularly schedules speaking and performance engagements at Scottish Heritage Festivals, including the Robert Burns Suppers (Knoxville), the West Kentucky Highland Festival (Murray), the Gatlinburg Highland Games (Tenn.), the Louisiana Highland Games (Jackson) and the Glasgow Highland Games in Kentucky. He is a regular member of the faculty for Murray State University’s Scottish Heritage Elderhostel. He currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication at Murray State. Bob and his wife, Vicki, live near Paris, Tennessee.