Bill Staines has become one of the most popular singers on the folk music circuit today. He has traveled throughout North America performing at festivals, folksong societies and colleges.
His music is a slice of Americana, ranging from traditional folk tunes to contemporary country ballads.
Staines has appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion," "Mountain Stage," "The Good Evening Show," and other PBS network programs. He has recorded 18 albums and has had his original songs published in four songbooks.
David Massengill has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, at other national venues and in Europe. Critics have compared him to Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. His songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Nanci Griffith and others.
Massengill has been nominated Best Folk Act by the New York Music Awards and was also a Kerrville New Folk Winner. He has regularly appeared at Folk City and was featured in the 25th Anniversary TV special which aired on PBS and the BBC.
The Staines/Massengill concert is the third performance of the four-part Acoustic Coffeehouse fall series. The series is put together by the Hamilton Campus Activities Board which recently received three awards at the National Association for Campus Activities East Coast Regional Conference. More than 1,200 colleges and universities belong to the association, and over 1,200 delegates attended this year's east coast regional conference. Hamilton's Acoustic Coffee House Series won the Outstanding Program award,and was praised as "the standard by which all [coffeehouse programs] should be judged." Hamilton also won a first and third prizes in graphics competitions.