Robin & Linda Williams, FRIDAY, April 26 Show POSTPONED!

We apologize for the last minute postponement, but because of a non-emergency, but unavoidable medical situation, Robin and Linda Williams will have to postpone their April 26 show. The Folk Music Society, as well as Robin and Linda, are very sorry to have to make this late change. Because rescheduling an entire tour can be a tricky thing, the soonest we can probably even hope for would be an October date, but we will let you know. We, including Robin & Linda Williams, are very disappointed with this turn of events. Join our mailing list and you’ll be informed about a new date when we have one. Here’s the letter that Robin sent to their mailing list:
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Dear Friends,

Hope this finds you well and in good spirits.

Though we are cognizant of not spamming all y’all with “blah, blah” news from Robin and Linda, we need to get the word out that we’ve had to cancel the upcoming shows this weekend in California and next weekend in Texas.

Linda got up from her chair last Tuesday and felt immobilizing pain in the heel of her right foot, the same foot she has had three ankle surgeries on in the last fourteen months. We could see a slight protrusion, though the skin was not broken. So on Wednesday we drove to Duke Hospital and found out a screw inserted through her heel into her tibia to provide stabilization for healing had started to back out. On Thursday she had another surgery to remove the screw and now she’s in a cast with orders from the Duke Doc to be non-load bearing for the next three weeks. So it’s back to “toes above the nose” for Linda. This was hard news for Linda, as, after ten weeks convalescing, she had just, the weekend before, started walking without a cast or boot.

But our spirits today are bright, mainly due to the great communication skills and understanding of our agent Trish Galfano and of the presenters and their desires to reschedule the shows. We look forward to that happening.

It’s a beautiful day in the Shenandoah Valley and we are so grateful for the family of friends far and near who continue to show us their love and support.

BUMPER STICKER OF THE MONTH (seen in the hospital parking lot on Thursday): Organized people are just too lazy to look for their stuff.

Oh, and last weekend we started a new recording with our old friend Kevin McNoldy. We’re glad to have this project finally under way.

Onward and upward.

Your pals,

Robin and Linda

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It took a lot of horse trading to make it work, but we finally got Robin and Linda Williams to make another trip out to Southern California from their home in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  They will perform FRIDAY, April 26 in Beckman Institute Auditorium at 8:00 PM.   Robin and Linda are best known for being semi-regulars on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion for many years.  Those who know Robin and Linda from their tours, performances, and recordings have heard the scores of outstanding original songs, covers of some of their great songwriting contemporaries, and a few traditional songs, as well. 

Their songs have been performed and recorded by Chris Thile, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom T. Hall, George Hamilton IV, Tim & Mollie O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, the Seldom Scene, and many others.  Sample their trademark harmonies on a couple of  their fine originals, Don’t Let Me Come Home a Stranger, and Rolling and Rambling, their song about the death of Hank Williams.   The former features Linda’s mournful lead vocal and Robin’s trademark lonesome harmony, a sad song indeed.   The latter performance comes from the waning years of Prairie Home Companion, featuring fine harmonies, too, and, ironically for the title, it is very upbeat.  Their music includes bluegrass, folk, old-time, and they lean a little bit country, having made appearances on The Grand Old Opry, Austin City Limits, Music City Tonight, and Mountain Stage.  They do a great job on the traditional song, Across the Blue Mountains, which has become a kind of a signature piece for them. 

They both play guitar, and Linda plays the banjo quite a bit as well.  They engage audiences with their powerful singing, their gift for capturing moments of universal life in their songs, and a strong, personal appeal. But it is their superb songwriting that has earned an even rarer honor: the devotion and deep respect of their musical peers.  Make note that this is one of our rare FRIDAY shows!

Tickets are $25 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 can be purchased here (service charge will be added per ticket). Join our mailing list and you’ll be informed about such situations ahead of time.

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Tickets: $25 / $5 for Caltech students and children

A bit more about parking if you haven’t been to one of our shows for awhile:  There will be the usual limited parking right behind the large Beckman Auditorium- It is OK to park in slots with names on weekends and evenings, but the lot may fill up, depending on what other events may be taking place on the Caltech campus.  This is the best place to park for the handicapped (try to come a little early- email us at if you need help planning your visit). The parking lots between Michigan and Wilson have been closed- a new building is rapidly rising at the southeast corner of Wilson and Del Mar.  The most reliable parking will be on Wilson Avenue, either on the street or in the two parking structures just south of Del Mar Avenue, across the street from Beckman Institute.   One structure is just north of the Institute at 341 S. Wilson Avenue, and the other, 405 S. Wilson, is just a bit south of the Institute.   Rest assured that after 5PM on weekdays, and all day on weekends, you can park for free in these structures, despite signs that allude to the more restricted parking rules during the day on weekdays.   You are permitted to park in slots that have names on them here as well.  From the structures, walk around the big lawn (much of which is currently fenced in for the building projet to the north) in front of Beckman Institute and you will recognize where to go.  On this map, we are suggesting that you park in structures #123 and #124 in the upper left. Beckman Institute is building #74, just to the east (right).  If you need help figuring this out, try calling (626) 616-4559