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Bill Staines, exceptional singer and songwriter makes debut at Caltech
Saturday, October 20 @ 8:00 pm
While we have enjoyed Bill Staines’ songs for decades, whether on recordings or by such people as Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, Nanci Griffith, Priscilla Herdman, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many others, he has seldom performed here in Southern California in recent years. Songs like All God’s Critters, The Roseville Fair, Child of Mine, and River, have become folk music classics. Composer David Amram once described Bill as “a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around a hundred years from now.” After a few years of trying, we’re glad to announce that Bill will be making his Caltech debut at last! He mixes a few traditional and contemporary songs in with his outstanding originals, interspersing stories of the events and people that inspired these songs, as well as life on the road. Nanci Griffith once wrote, “Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody (Guthrie) left off- carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew.” The Washington Post wrote that he is “a craftsman who has cobbled together evocative details, pithy aphorisms and singalong melodies into a trunkful of unassuming, marvelous songs.” His fine guitar playing frames these songs perfectly. The consummate “musician on the road”, he continues to perform more than 175 shows a year and drives close to 70,000 miles getting to them. He is one of the most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene today. Come and find out why. You just might find yourself singing along! His web site is www.acousticmusic.com/staines
Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. They can be purchased on the phone (626-395-4652) with a credit card (a service charge will be added per order), purchased at the Caltech Public Events Ticket Office in the Spalding Building (California Blvd. and Wilson Avenue) for face value (open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm.), or purchased at the door for cash or check (no credit cards.) Online tickets are available here. Occasionally, a show will be sold out before the day of the show, so call the Ticket Office, if you are planning to buy tickets at the door. Better yet, join our mailing list and you’ll be informed about such situations ahead of time.