Bill Staines in Concert
What is it about this graying, bespectacled performer with an odd left-handed guitar technique that fills the hall every time he comes to Ithaca? Perhaps it is the opportunity to sing along on lots of fine choruses with great gusto. Perhaps it is his gentle presence and wry good humor. Perhaps it's the songs that engage us with both a ring of truth and a warmth of familiarity. Whatever it is, the Cornell Folk Song Society is pleased to be bringing an old friend back to town.
For more than thirty years, Bill has been one of the widest touring performers. Based in New England, he visits Alaska and Wyoming as often as he visits Ithaca. He says he keeps doing it because he is doing what he loves -- bringing music to people. One of the greatest tributes to his song-writing has been how quickly many of his songs have entered the folk consciousness. All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir, which has been sung at summer camps by nine year olds and at Carnegie Hall, is often miscredited, not to Bill, but to, "traditional."
It is always a pleasure to welcome back Bill Staines, who is a fitting start to the Cornell Folk Song Society's Spring 2006 season. Coming later in the season are Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Kate McDonnell (another upside-down and backwards guitarist), and John McCutcheon.
Tickets are available at Ludgate Farm Market, Ithaca Guitar Works, Greenstar Co-op, Small World Music, Colophon Books, and, if any are left, at the door. You may also order tickets online and by mail: SASE to CFSC, PO Box 481, Ithaca, NY 14851.
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