Peter Yarrow - 2014 Gilbert Folk Festival Headliner
A Peter Yarrow performance, today, in a concert hall, school auditorium, synagogue or church, festival or benefit, does more than assure a memorable evening of music, camaraderie and “Puff’s special magic” for everyone, young and old alike. Peter’s music and songs resonate with a history that he and his musical compatriots, Mary and Paul, not only helped to write, but one that has changed and inspired millions to continue to keep on keepin’ on, hold firm to principle, and not be deterred in the face of adversity. His performances create an environment in which a sense of reassuring commonality is shared at a time when society is deeply concerned for its welfare and its future.
In the wake of Mary’s passing, Peter has properly asked himself, “How can we make sure the legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary endures?” Partly, the trio’s continued presence is assured simply because people’s lives have been touched and, in meaningful ways, shaped by the trio’s music. Remarkably, four generations of children have now grown up loving and listening to PP&M.
In answer to his question, Peter Yarrow, with great love and conviction, has assigned to himself a special role in “carrying on” Mary Travers’ and the trio’s tradition. Although folk music has been largely side-barred for decades, Peter’s recent groundbreaking successes might change that. His million-selling illustrated children’s book and CD of “Puff, The Magic Dragon” has provided him with a new platform, and created a new path, whereby folk music might occupy the limelight once again.Few, if any, other folk singer/activists have, in recent years, sold a million copies of a CD, or anything else for that matter?