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 As part of our American Music Series, legendary troubadour Bill Staines will offer an evening of his own songs, traditional and modern classics of the folk tradition, story-telling and fine guitar playing.  Bill encapsulates an entire era of American culture in his life and music.  A Massachusetts native, as a teenager he participated in the great folk music revival of the 1960s and performed at the fabled Club 47 in Harvard Square. Since the 1970s, when the Boston Phoenix declared him “simply Boston’s best performer,” Bill has perennially been one of the most popular and in-demand performers on the folk circuit.  He continues to travel thousands of miles and perform more than 200 concerts annually. His dates this fall, for instance, take him to Oregon, California, Pennsylvania, various points in between and, of course, Quincy.

 As a singer-songwriter, Bill now brings all his experience both to his performances, which are full of charm and humor, and his compositions. 

The Austin American Statesman describes them as “pensive, probing narratives made especially memorable by their ability to translate the common details of common lives into songs of uncommon eloquence and beauty.”  The Associated Press says, “Staines is one of the best songwriters in music today, penning lyrics that evoke a sense of place and a generous spirit.”  Bill’s songs have been recorded by scores of other artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Nanci Griffith, Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem, and Jerry Jeff Walker.  In the words of another legendary figure of American music, David Amram, Bill is “a modern day Stephen Foster . . . his songs will be around a hundred years from now.”

Tickets are $20, to benefit the Historical Society, and may be purchased at the Historical Society office.  Please join us for an evening of Americana performed with winning charm and humor.






The Quincy History Museum at Quincy Historical Society takes you through more than 400 years of some of America's richest, most influential history.Meet rebels and reformers, workers and visionaries:

John and Abigail Adams and others who helped create the United States;

Granite workers who moved 5-ton blocks and helped change the look of America;

Three centuries of shipbuilders, culminating in 30,000 men and women who built the ships that helped win World War II;

Entrepreneurs who brought Americans
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