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      December 8, 2019

      Sunday   6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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      BILL STAINES + RANDY BURNS - Sunday December 8, at East Rock Concert Series, mActivity

      Fernando Pinto Presents: Bill Staines + Randy Burns Sunday December 8, East Rock Concert Series at mActivity Tickets $20.Adv. $25. at the Door Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7pm All-Ages Tickets: An evening with Quintessential folk troubadour Bill Staines and New Haven Folk Legend Randy Burns together live at East Rock Concert Series. Bill Staines has written over 300 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. He is also one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the Rise Up Singing songbook. Staines continues to perform more than 175 shows a year and drives close to 70,000 miles getting to them. Cowboys, Yukon adventurers, fisherman, truckers, and everyday working people ... these are the characters who populate the songs of guitarist, singer, and songwriter Bill Staines. They come to life through lovely, infectious melodies and lyrics that evoke a remarkably strong sense of place. His songs such as River, Roseville Fair, My Sweet Wyoming Home, and (All Gods Critters Got) A Place in the Choir have earned him a dedicated following at folk gatherings around the country. "Bill Staines carries on where Woody left off the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew," says musician Nanci Griffith. I remember the first time I heard Bill Staines at a festival and was struck by how his songs sounded so familiar, as if I had known them all my life. Composer David Amram once described Staines as a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around a hundred years from now. Bill Staines has written over 300 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. He is also one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the Rise Up Singing songbook. Staines continues to perform more than 175 shows a year and drives close to 70,000 miles getting to them. For a preview, heres a video of Bill Staines singing River:https://youtu.be/MJiEsiO9ZRI + RANDY BURNS www.randyburns.net In 1966, Randy Burns was dropped off on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Street, with a bag over his shoulder and a guitar in his handready for anything Randy had gotten his start a year earlier at The Exit Coffeehouse in New Haven, Connecticut but soon left to join the Urban Folk Revival in Greenwich Village. The first three months he slept in flop houses, on subways and park benches in Washington Square Park. Every week he played the open mic nights at the original Gerdes Folk City, The Gaslight Café and The Bitter End. Impressed by his talent, Clarence Hood, the owner of the legendary Gaslight hired Randy as the permanent opening act. At only eighteen he was opening for the biggest folk stars in the country, artists hed only heard on records. Randy shared the stage with John Hammond, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Eric Andersen, Spider John Koerner, Steve Gillette, Sonny and Brownie, Phil Ochs, Carolyn Hester, Washboard Sam and many, many others. During this period, he recorded three albums with a small independent label. As the Folk Revival was fading, he formed the electric folk rock group, Randy Burns and the Skydog Band . Within months his first major label album was released on Mercury Records and two albums soon followed on Polydor Records. Randy Burns and the Skydog Band played all the legendary clubs in the country, the Cellar Door in DC, The Bijou Theater in Philadelphia, The Troubadour and Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, The Bitter End and Electric Circus in New York, The Quiet Night in Chicago, The Hungry Eye in San Francisco, Berkeley Folk Festival with Buddy Guy and the Hollywood Bowl with the Smothers Brothers. Rolling Stone Magazine said, Nobody, but nobody, sings anything like Randy Burns. The New York Times called Randy Vocally Convincing. Billboard Magazine wrote that Randys voice is so intrinsically right that it wraps the listener in a pool of contentment. When Randy played The Troubadour , the Los Angeles Times said, Randy is the best country flavored rock singer since Graham Parsons, who was, and is, as good as anyone before him. Frustrated with the music industry, Randy returned to his folksinging roots and hit the road again as a folksinger. For years he was literally homeless It would have been a waste of money, he says, I was singing so many places that Id leave a bag of clothes wherever I usually played so I could travel light. A headliner at Kennys Castaways, in the late 70s, owner Pat Kenny arranged for Randy to tour Ireland. It was off to Dublin, where he played coast to coast two years in a row. A pure folksinger again, Randy played for many seasons on Block Island Rhode Island, and of course he returned and played New Haven many, many times. The places and list of clubs hes played is endless, and he still has dedicated fans everywhere. After fifteen years, Randy is back with a brand new CD out on Music Maker along with several other projects in the works. Recently Randy returned to New Haven where he had a sell-out performance that was met with rave reviews. If you were around New Haven, New York or Los Angeles in the 60s, 70s and 80syouve probably heard stories or have your own stories to tell about him. Theyre all still true. Randy Burns is a folksingers folksinger, always was and will always be.


      Cost: 20.00

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