Bill Staines plays Portsmouth Book & Bar
"Any new song that can live comfortably beside the well-worn songs of folk tradition has a good chance of surviving the test of time. Such, we believe, are the songs of Bill Staines" -- Charles "Sandy" Paton, Folk Legacy Records
After touring and playing concerts for over 41 years, you would think that musician and songwriter Bill Staines might think about slowing down, but thats just not the case. Bill 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.
Staines has twenty-six recordings to his credit and has written over three hundred songs, many of which have been recorded by the likes of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and Jerry Jeff Walker. His music is sung at campfires and folk music gatherings, in homes and churches, all around the country. Songs like All Gods 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.
On stage, Staines is an intimate, compelling performer, out of the folk scene of the 60s, encouraging his audience to sing with him on his chorus songs. He will mix in traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people provide an entertaining blend of story and song.
I have always wanted to bring something of value to people with my songs. I think that is important, to try to write beyond myself, to write to the great things that we all experience in our lives. For Bill, that is what folk music is all about--a music rich in the human experience and spirit.
Bill has recorded two childrens albums, The Happy Wanderer and One More River, both of which have won the coveted Parents Choice Award. His music has appeared in a number of films, including the HBO series, Deadwood, Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles first endeavor as a director, and Off and Running with Cyndi Lauper.
Bill has done numerous radio and television appearances and, during its early years, was a frequent performer on Garrison Keillors A Prairie Home Companion Show.
Staines has released two songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then Id be a Song published by Folk Legacy and Music to Me published by Hal Leonard Corp. An illustrated book of his song All Gods Critters was published in 2009 by Simon and Schuster with illustrations by talented artist, Kadir Nelson. Bills memoir, The Tour, was released in 2003.
Portsmouth Book and Bar (View)
40 Pleasant St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
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