Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow.
Presented by True Endeavors & ACG
Doors 6:00pm | Show 7:00pm
Tickets on-sale FRIDAY, March 24th, 2017 at 11:00am: Tickets may be purchased online at Overture.org, by phone at 608-258-4141, and at the Overture Center Box Office. $75.00-$59.50-$49.50. All reserved seating
“Peter, Paul and Mary are folk singers.” So stated the liner notes to the group’s self-titled 1962 debut album. Today, this declaration seems redundant, because the term “folk music” came to be virtually interchangeable with the group name, but when the words were written, they were meant less as a stylistic distinction than as a mission statement.
In the decades prior to the ‘60s, through the work of such avatars as Woody Guthrie, the
Weavers and Pete Seeger, folk music had become identified with sociopolitical commentary, but the idiom was forced underground in Senator Joe McCarthy's witch-hunting era of the late ‘50s. By the time Peter, Paul and Mary arrived on the scene, for the majority of America, folk was viewed merely as a sidebar 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, the Cold War heating up and a nascent spirit of activism in the air, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey and Mary Travers came together to juxtapose these cross currents and reclaimed folk’s potency as a social, cultural and political force. Few at the time could have realized how fervently and pervasively the group’s message of humanity, hope and activism would be embraced.