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Bill Staines

Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:00pm to 10:00pm
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While we have enjoyed Bill Staines's 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!

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$20 / $5 for Caltech students and children