EPAC Concert Series presents Folk Icon Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary
The Endicott Performing Arts Center located at 102 Washington Avenue in Endicott is proud and excited to announce that Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, & Mary fame) will appear in concert at EPAC’s Robert Eckert theater on Saturday, September 28 at 8:00PM. The concert is part of EPAC’s concert series which presents nationally acclaimed touring performing artists to our community at affordable prices and in an intimate concert setting.
Singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the “Paul” of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary and as an independent musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Funny, irreverently reverent, thoughtful, compassionate—passionate—Stookey’s vocal sound is known all across this land: from the “Wedding Song” to “In These Times.” His most recent recorded collection, ONE AND MANY (released in 2012) once again reveals Noel's gift for connecting diverse contemporary concerns to inspired musical performances.
Born December 30, 1937, Stookey grew up in the Midwest where he played electric guitar in his high school rock ’n’ roll band (the Birds of Paradise) and hung out at an R&B record shop listening to groups like the Drifters, the Platters, the Cadillacs.
When he moved to New York City, he was 20, looking for independence, but what he found were “Peter” and “Mary,” and a career that took on a life of its own, with their first album shooting to the top of the charts, where it stayed for two years. He has performed in intimate coffeehouses, at the White House, and in massive stadiums. At the 1963 March on Washington when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Peter, Paul and Mary delivered the compelling “If I Had a Hammer” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”.
While acknowledging his history and the meaningful association with Peter and Mary (performing occasionally with Peter as a duo following the passing of their partner Mary Travers in September of 2009), Noel Paul has stepped beyond the nostalgia of the folk era. Whether judged by the subject matter of his current concert and recorded repertoire or by virtue of his active involvement with the Music2Life initiative (www.music2life.org) linking music fans to the expression of contemporary concerns via many different artists and musical genres, Stookey's current musical outlook continues to be fresh, optimistic and encouraging.
Noel Paul Stookey has recorded over 45 albums, both as part of the legendary trio and as a soloist. In the year 2007 alone he released three CDs: Facets of the Jewel, Promise of Love, and Song for Megumi. In addition to his performance life, Stookey oversees Neworld Multimedia, presenting new artists and creating children’s TV shows and music. The royalties from his classic “Wedding Song” go to the Public Domain Foundation, where nearly $2 million has been put to work for charitable causes. If Stookey has his way, he hopes to make the world a better place by supporting a dialogue of acceptance and inclusion...perhaps his song Love Rules! says it best: “...tryin to be a student of transparency; more of Love and less of me...”
Tickets for Noel Paul Stookey are $30 Reserved Seating ($27 for seniors 65+ and children 12 & Under) and are available by calling the EPAC Box Office at 607- 785-8903, on line at www.EndicottArts.com or at EPAC’s Robert Eckert Theatre (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Monday through Friday and 5 to 8PM Monday through Thursday).