Rounded Rectangle: Gelencser House Concerts in Claremont

Promoting acoustic music in the Inland Valley

October 10, 2008


Bill Staines

Born and raised in New England, Bill’s music captures the beauty of rivers, mountains, and the open spaces of the American west.  As he was growing up, he was inspired by the folk scene of the early 1960’s and remained true to romantic folk ballads.  Bill has the ability to write songs that seem like traditional folk songs. Some of his  songs include “Roseville Fair”, “River” and “A Place in the Choir” (All God’s Critters) all of which have been performed by  Fairport Convention, Mason Williams, Nanci Griffith and Jerry Jeff Walker. 

       Singing mostly his own songs, Bill Staines  is one of the most popular singers on the folk music circuit today.  His music includes songs from traditional folk tunes to contemporary ballads. He delights in the audience participating whenever possible and sometimes does a yodeling tune having won the National Yodeling Championship 1975..