Peter Yarrow Celebrates American Folk Songs in “Peter Yarrow Sing Along Special” on PBS TV

THE PETER YARROW SING-ALONG SPECIAL is a family celebration of America’s favorite folk songs performed by some of America’s most beloved folk singers. The special, airing on PBS stations throughout the holidays, features Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keb Mo, Billy Jonas and Bethany & Rufus.

Peter Yarrow, one of the most acclaimed performers of American folk music, hosts a new PBS TV special airing on dozens of PBS TV affiliates during the holiday season. A preview of the special is availabe on YouTube.

The Peter Yarrow Sing Along Special is a family celebration of America’s favorite folk songs performed by some of America’s most beloved folk singers. Starring Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary, this special also features multiple Grammy winners Mary Chapin Carpenter and Keb’ Mo’, cello and voice duo Bethany & Rufus, and singer and percussionist Billy Jonas. Uniting this group of talented performers in duets, trios and multiple ensembles, this concert will inspire and lift the spirit of the whole family with joyous and loving sing-alongs in a theater full of music lovers of all ages.

The Peter Yarrow Sing Along Special is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning November 27 and airing through December 2010 (check local listings at http://www.pbs.org/tvschedules/).

The Peter Yarrow Sing Along Special is the first large-scale concert for Peter Yarrow since the passing in September 2009 of Peter, Paul & Mary’s Mary Travers. Peter, Paul & Mary, along with Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and other music icons of the 1960s, used the power of song to foster community and engage in conversations about issues of social justice and individual responsibility.

Although these songs have been around for generations, their words and messages continue to resonate today.

“This concert is about the audience itself,” says Peter Yarrow. “It is a gathering of many generations— from the littlest children to the great-grandpas and grandmas—all enjoying the same music, the same message.” He adds: “Music shared in this way reminds us that there is an antidote to much of today’s mean-spiritedness and intolerance.”

Featured songs and performers include:

-Weave Me the Sunshine” – Peter Yarrow

-“The Cruel War” – Peter Yarrow and Bethany Yarrow

-“Don’t Laugh At Me” – Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

-“Lullaby Baby Blues” – Keb’ Mo’ with Peter Yarrow

-“Polly Wolly Doodle” – Peter Yarrow and Keb’ Mo’

-“500 Miles” – Mary Chapin Carpenter with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

-“Stewball” – Mary Chapin Carpenter with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

-“This Old Man” – Peter Yarrow and Billy Jonas

-“All the Pretty Little Horses” – Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

-“Puff, the Magic Dragon” – Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

-“Some Houses” – Billy Jonas

-“All Hid” – Bethany & Rufus with Peter Yarrow

-“Beautiful City” – Peter Yarrow and Keb’ Mo’

-“Blowin’ in the Wind” – Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keb’ Mo’,

Bethany & Rufus, and Billy Jonas

-“This Little Light of Mine” Medley – Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keb’

Mo’, Bethany & Rufus, and Billy Jonas

The Peter Yarrow Sing Along Special is directed by four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/director Jim Brown, who is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed programs on American music in the last three decades, including “Pete Seeger: Power of Song” and “Peter, Paul & Mary: Carry It On.” This special was taped on August 26, 2010 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall.

PBS special programming invites viewers to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front-row seats to world-class drama and performances. Viewer contributions are an important source of funding, making PBS programs possible. PBS and public television stations offer all Americans from every walk of life the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content.

Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS

Director: Jim Brown

Producers: Peter Yarrow, Jim Brown

Executive Producer: Marcus Leaver

Editor: Paul Petrissans

Format: CC Stereo HD

Musicians: Peter Yarrow – Vocals and Guitar; Noel Paul Stookey – Vocals and Guitar; Mary Chapin

Carpenter – Vocals and Guitar; Keb’ Mo’ – Vocals, Guitar, and National Steel Guitar; Bethany & Rufus

(Bethany Yarrow – Vocals; Rufus Cappadocia – Cello); Billy Jonas – Vocals and Percussion

Back-Up Musicians: Paul Prestopino – Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica; John Conte – Bass; Bonga Jean-

Baptiste – Haitian Percussion; Yacouba Moumouni – Flute, Kamel Ngoni, and Vocals

Choruses:

Mustard Seed School Choir, Hoboken, NJ – Director, Aiko Mauldin

Walkabout Clearwater Chorus – Coordinator, John Fisher

Journalists: Visit the PBS PressRoom page for photo downloads and more information: http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/p/PETER-YARROW-SING-ALONG-SPECIAL.aspx

View the video preview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taGkIjRPyw4&feature=fvst

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Posted On: New York, NY December 1, 2010

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