Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary) - 8/30/20
Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey
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Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey carry on the tradition of the renowned folk music group Peter, Paul and Mary--a union that lasted 50 years.
Peter, Paul and Mary arrived on the scene in Greenwich Village in the early 1960’s. The nation was still recovering from the McCarthy era and the Cold War was heating up. Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey and Mary Travers came together to reclaim folk's potency as a social, cultural and political force. The Trio lived their songs. They sang at the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, they participated in the Selma to Montgomery March, they sang at countless anti-Vietnam War rallies and they launched decades of musical activism. These individual and collective efforts addressed a wide range of issues from women's rights, to farm-worker rights to the environment, education and issues of gun violence.
No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary. During their legendary career, the trio won five Grammy's, produced 13 top 40 hits of which six ascended into the top 10, and earned eight gold and five platinum albums.
December of 2018 PBS released PETER, PAUL AND MARY AT NEWPORT 1963-65 which captures the spirit of America’s Folk Renaissance at its zenith. This stunning footage includes 17 songs, some with other artists, revealing the energy and sense of community folk artists shared with each other and with their audiences.
Peter and Noel continue to perform together as well as individually, and to devote their time and energy to issues they believe in. Peter founded the organization Operation Respect which is a non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming schools, camps and other youth-serving organizations into safer, more respectful, bully-free environments for children and youth. Noel's organization Music to Life creates music based programs, events and promotions to move hearts and minds around a particular effort or cause.
When Peter and Noel perform together, audiences comment that in many ways it feels as if Mary were still on the stage with them. The energy and enthusiasm for the music has not diminished, in fact it seems ever more impassioned, and frequently the audience steps in to sing Mary's part--their voices strong, their hearts full. It's community at its best and what folk music is all about--carrying it on.