5 April 2019
Katherine Rondeau opens
On Friday, April 5, Bill Staines returns for his annual show at the Me&Thee coffeehouse. 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. ¶ Katherine Rondeau opens the show.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm
Bill 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 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.”
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 it’s important to try to write beyond myself, to write to the great things that we all experience in our lives.” For Bill, that’s what folk music is all about — a music rich in the human experience and spirit. As Sandy Paton of Folk Legacy Records says of him, “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.”
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Katherine Rondeau has a big voice and an even bigger spirit. This New Jersey native is a singer-songwriter with an unforgettable style. Her roots-inspired sound is an organic blend drawing inspiration from folk, blues, and mountain music. After bursting onto the Philly music scene in 2015, Katherine was quickly recognized by her rich, bold voice and her engaging performance style. She has since claimed her space at notable venues in the acoustic music world like Godfrey Daniels, Hurdy Gurdy Coffeehouse, and World Café Live. Katherine’s songs draw audiences in and take them on journeys both real and imagined. Her 2019 album Unfortunate Point of View is a true folk album with seven original songs and four classic folk covers. Katherine’s music has been played on stations throughout the United States and beyond.