Folk Singer-Songwriter Bill Staines Returns to Perform in Cape Girardeau


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Singer-Songwriter Bill Staines will perform a memorable evening of folk music and storytelling at 7 p.m. March 24 in Rose Theatre at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 11, 2009 — Singer-Songwriter Bill Staines returns to Cape Girardeau on March 24 for a memorable evening of folk music and storytelling on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Staines is a legend among folk performers and has been warmly received in each of his previous appearances in Southeast Missouri. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Rose Theatre. Tickets are $10.

Singing mostly his own songs, Staines has become one of the most popular singers on the folk music circuit today and averages around 200 concert dates a year. With a magical blend of wit and gentle humor, Staines’ music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease, his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventures of the Yukon. “Bill’s sense of timing,” one reviewer wrote, “matches the best stand-up comic.”

A New England native, Staines became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960s and, for a time, emceed the Sunday hootenanny at the renowned Club 47 in Cambridge. Staines quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. In 1971, after one of his performances, a reviewer for The Phoenix stated that Staines was “simply Boston’s best performer.” A decade later, both in 1980 and 1981, the annual Reader’s Poll of The Boston Globe selected him as a favorite performer.

A number of Staines’ songs have been recorded by other artists including Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Mason Williams, Glen Yarborough, Jerry Jeff Walker, Grandpa Jones, Priscilla Herdman and others. He has recorded numerous albums and has published four songbooks.

Radio and television appearances have included “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage,” “The Good Evening Show” and a host of local programs on PBS and network television. Staines continues to drive more than 65,000 miles a year, doing what he loves, bringing music to people.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact KRCU at (573) 651-5070.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.