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BENEATH SOME
LUCKY STAR

During the early nineteen-sixties, the Boston/Cambridge area fostered one of the most vibrant folk music scenes in the country. I lived for the end of the day when I was out of school and headed for the coffeehouses to see so many of the players who are now legendary.

Sitting a few feet in front of Phil Ochs at The Unicorn and talking with him there, the night after his famed Carnegie Hall concert-carrying John Hurt's guitar down the stairs and into The Club 47 while he followed with a wide elfin smile on his face-playing poker with Tim Hardin. I was just a kid then but those experiences, and that time in music, became the fabric of my life.

I signed up to play a few songs each Sunday afternoon at The Café Yana in Boston and then hustled over to The Club 47 in Cambridge to play at the hootenanny there in the evening. I eventually became one of the hosts at the 47 hoot and in 1966, got my first coffeehouse gig at a place called The King's Rook in Ipswich, Massachusetts. I was playing a Martin guitar then. I still have that guitar today. It is my best musical friend.

At that time, I was singing mostly traditional material but writing my own songs came before too long being influenced by writers like Pete Seeger, Gordon Lightfoot, and Ian and Sylvia. They wrote songs that were larger than any one person, songs that brought something of value to people, and for those very reasons, their songs would come to endure.

I would like to think that bringing something of universal value to people has been one of the foundation blocks of my own writing. After all, that's what folk music is all about, songs that are bigger than any one person who sings them.

And now it is over forty-five years later. I have sung in all fifty states, although I admit that one was a karaoke performance at a bar in Honolulu. Music is really all I have ever known. It has brought me everything I have.

When somebody would ask my friend, the late Tommy Makem, "Tommy, when are you going to retire?" Tommy would always respond, "Around ten o'clock tonight."

I have always felt that I was blessed to live a life in music and to know that, surely, it must have been a lucky star that led me here.

BILL STAINES
New Hampshire, July 2012

Song List
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SALT AIR
Words and music by Bill Staines, © 2012 by Mineral River Music, BMI
Written for a group of friends that gather each summer for music and good times on Nantucket Island.
Bill Staines: vocals, piano, guitar
Larry Luddecke: piano, organ
Stingy Lapel: congas

SHADY GROVE
Words and music by Lee Ann Brown and Pierce Pettis, © Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc, ASCAP
I feel that this is really a new song lyrically and melodically but it still holds on to the feeling of the original, traditional piece.
Bill Staines: vocals, guitar
Brian Wood: guitar
Mike Walsh: bass
John Curtis: mandolin Oisin McCauley: violin

THE ROAD TO RUSTICO
Words and music by Bill Staines. ©2012 by Mineral River Music, BMI
Rustico is a sweet little fishing village on the north shore of Prince Edward Island in Canada. I love it there.
Bill Staines: vocals, guitar
Brian Wood: guitar
Mike Walsh: bass
John Curtis: electric guitar
Larry Luddecke: organ
Stingy Lapel: congas

IF I COME TO NEED AN ANGEL
Words and music by Bill Staines, © 2012 by Mineral River Music, BMI
Written on Nantucket during one of my stays there. The song just flowed out of me.
Bill Staines: vocals, guitar
Brian Wood: lead guitar
Mike Walsh: bass
Larry Luddecke: piano, organ
Oisin McCauley: violin

LIGHTSHIP
Words and music by Mason Daring,
© Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP

Written by my friend, Mason Daring. If you have seen any of John Sayles' films, then you have heard more of Mason's music.
Bill Staines: vocals, guitar
Brian Wood: guitar
Mike Walsh: bass
John Curtis: electric guitar
Larry Luddecke: piano, organ
Oisin McCauley: violin

THE FRENCH GIRL
Words and music by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Fricker
© Warner Bros. Music, ASCAP

I learned this song in 1966 from the singing of Ian and Sylvia. I think it is one of the most beautiful songs I know.
Bill Staines: vocal, piano
Oisin McCauley: violins
John Curtis: mandolin

CEREMONY
Words and music by Bill Staines, ©2012 by Mineral giver Music, BMI
We all experience great moments in our lives and sometimes those whom we have loved and cared about the most are not there to share them with us. This song was written for one such occasion.
Bill Staines: vocals, piano, bass, guitar
Oisin McCauley: Violin

LORD FRANKLIN (LADY FRANKLIN'S LAMENT)
Traditional words and music, arrangement by Bill Staines
I have always loved this song but I had not sung it in years. In 2011, my son, Bowen, spent almost two months on an old crab fishing boat that had been converted into a "mini icebreaker" at the mouth of the Northwest Passage in the far north of Baffin's Bay. He was there to film an expedition to document the migratory patterns on the Narwhal. His photos brought the song back to me with its images of the far north and the starkness of an icy world.
Bill Staines: vocal, piano, keyboards
Oisin McCauley: strings

SYMPHONY OF GOLD
Words and music by Bill Staines, © 2012 by Mineral River Manic, BMI
I guess sometimes we all feel like flying away.
Bill Staines: vocals, guitar, piano
Brian Wood: guitar
Mike Walsh: bass
Larry Luddecke: organ

ALONG THE ROAD
Words and music by Bill Staines, © 2012 by Mineral Riser Music, BMI
A seasonal interpretation of a life in music shared, in friendship, with an old guitar.
Bill Staines: vocals, guitar
Brian Wood: guitar
Mike Walsh: bass
John Curtis: mandolin
Larry Luddecke: piano

ABOVE THE SILVER SEA
Music by Bill Staines, © 2012 by Mineral River Music, BMI
(Instrumental)

The melody is new but the title comes from memories of standing on the cliffs overlooking the sea at Mendocino, California.
Bill Staines: piano, guitar, keyboards
Larry Luddecke: piano
John Curtis: classical guitar
Oisin McCauley: violins

A CHRISTMAS LULLABY
Words and music by Bill Staines, © 1991 by Mineral River Music, BMI
This song was written and recorded for a Christmas album back in 1990 or thereabouts. The album never received any exposure and I have always wanted to rerelease the recording. It is the only Christmas song I have ever written. I hope you enjoy the piece.
Bill Staines: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards

CREDITS

Produced by BILL STAINES and LARRY LUDDECKE

Recorded at Straight Up Studios, Arlington, MA - June 1 8-23, 2012

Mixed by LARRY LUDDECKE and BILL STAINES

Mastered by Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CD Front cover Design and photography by BOWEN STAINES Layout and design by ERIC PELTONIEMI

BILL STAINES: vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards
BRIAN WOOD: guitar
MIKE WALSH: bass
JOHN CURTIS: electric guitar, classical guitar, mandolin
OISIN MCCAULEY: violins
LARRY LUDDECKE: piano, organ
STINGY LAPEL: congas

SPECIAL THANKS To:
My family: Karen, Bowen, and Nancy;
John Synnott: Vicky Prescott Cindy and "Rooster" Minges;
Stephanie Speakman and the family of friends at Salt Air: all the wonderful musicians;
and the folks at Red House for making it happen and for helping to keep the music alive.

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