Bill Staines is one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today. He travels throughout the country performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving more than 65,000 miles annually, so consider yourself lucky that he’s making his way to Concord to play at the N.H. Audubon McLane Center’s Birds and Beans Coffeehouse on July 19 at 7 p.m.
Singing mostly his own songs, he weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances. In addition to his warm voice and spirited guitar playing, he is a gifted storyteller and an award-winning yodeler.
Staines’s music is a slice of Americana, providing a window into the lives of prairie people of the Midwest, the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.
To date, Staines has recorded 26 albums. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul, and Mary, and have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals and scouting campfire songbooks. He is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, Rise up Singing.
“Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I’ve always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs,” Staines said. With these thoughts, Staines continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.
Tickets are $15 for Audubon members, and $20 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at nhaudubon.org or by calling 224-9909, ext.313. Reservations are required.
To learn more, visit acousticmusic.com/staines.