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Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary Come to Harris Center This June

06/06/2015 07:37AM ● By Style

The iconic folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary made music together for nearly 50 years, arriving on the scene with a 1962 self-titled album and its hit "If I Had a Hammer."

Mary Travers died in 2009, but Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey continue to tour as a duo, continuing the band’s tradition of uplifting audiences with messages of peace and social justice.

By the time Peter, Paul and Mary was established, American folk was viewed merely as a side-bar to pop music which employed acoustic instruments. At this critical historic juncture, with the nation still recovering from the McCarthy era, the Civil Rights Movement taking shape, and the Cold War heating up, a nascent spirit of activism filled the air as Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers came together to juxtapose these cross currents and thus to reclaim folk music’s potency as a social, cultural and political force. 

As a group, Peter, Paul and Mary won five Grammys, produced 13 Top 40 hits (of which six ascended into the Top 10) as well as eight gold and five platinum albums.

As their fame grew, the trio mixed music with political and social activism. In 1965 the trio marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama, and the March on Washington, D.C. in 1963. The three participated in countless demonstrations against the war in Vietnam and sang at the 1969 March on Washington, which Mr. Yarrow helped to organize.

In this special rare performance, Peter and Noel Paul recollect the highlights of their career with Mary Travers and touch on their continued endeavors for social harmony through the timeless power of music.

Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey will perform Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m., Monday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $39-$55; Premium $65.

Tickets are available online at or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

Post information and picture courtesy of Harris Center for the Arts.



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