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Western Reserve Folk Arts Association

Peter Yarrow (Peter Paul & Mary) with Bethany Yarrow and special guest: John Gorka

  October 7, 2023 7:30 PM

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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INDIVIDUAL: $60.00 / $45.00

INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: August 25, 2023 10:00 AM to October 7, 2023 9:30 PM
Peter Yarrow
(Peter, Paul & Mary)

Legendary musician Peter Yarrow weaves a narrative of his life in music and politics, punctuation the major events with renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love. From his life in Greenwich Village in the 1960's, his connections to Bob Dylan & Pete Seeger and his career as part of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Yarrow shares a part of American history influenced heavily by music. Yarrow creates community within his audiences through his reflections in both words and music. Joining Peter will be his daughter, the extremally talented, Bethany Yarrow. 

Bethany Yarrow
Bethany Yarrow sings music of power and praise. She is a song keeper, earth activist, and student of the spiritual traditions of the Americas. A mesmerizing, dancing spirit with a powerful voice, she carries a living prayer for unity at the heart of her music.
Bethany has recorded two albums with her father and continues to perform with him, as she has since she was 8 years old. For over 20 years she also performed as a duo with cellist Rufus Cappadocia. They released four albums together and were honored to collaborate with musical icons and lineage holders Yacouba Moumouni (Niger), Bonga Jean Baptiste (Haiti),  Chuck Campbell (USA) and Brahim Fribgane (Morocco).

John Gorka

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.

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