Interview: Peter Yarrow

Yeah, still on hiatus. Did another interview anyway.

Had a chat on the phone with Peter Yarrow in advance of his concert at the Bellows Falls Opera House coming up on December 8. For those who don’t know: this is Peter of Peter, Paul and Mary. They sang with Martin Luther King on stage during the ’63 march on Washington (the one that the “I Have A Dream” speech is from), and had three of the top six slots on Billboard’s album chart the week Kennedy was assassinated. Talk about mixed feelings. Peter was on hand when Dylan caused a furor by going electric at the Newport Folk Festival, and he was a founder of Kerrville’s New Folk Series. Plus he wrote the music for Puff The Magic Dragon.

This man is still firmly planted in the activist folksinger garden, and I suspect we’re all better off for it.

He turned the tables on me off the bat with some good questions about Bellows Falls and the Opera House, but we kicked into gear quickly after that. There were things to say about politics lately and the positive path forward, the state of the nation and its citizens, and Standing Rock. We also glanced off some heyday highlights and his history in history, got into the nature of folk and of fame, the fact that he has six toes, and other fancy stuff.

Two new songs and two old ones are interspersed. Songs are included in this on-demand format with permission of the artist.

Tickets for the concert online at www.vermontfestivalsllc.com or tickets.catamountarts.org