2005-07-08 / Community

Peter Yarrow, Judy Collins At NorthFork Theatre, July 15

Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary joins Judy Collins in concert with Special Guests Bethany Yarrow and Kenny White at the North Fork Theatre at Westbury on Friday, July 15 at 8 p.m.

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes in an impressive career that has spanned more than 40 years. Her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, was released at the age of 22 and began a 35 year association with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records. Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her classic 1967 album, Wildflowers. “Both Sides Now” has since been entered into the Grammy’s Hall of Fame. Winning “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy’s Awards show was Judy’s version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written for the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music.” In 2003, Collins released the Wildflower Festival CD and DVD, which was filmed at the famed Humphrey’s By the Bay in San Diego, CA. Judy Collins is an icon of American folk music whose songs have enjoyed sustained popularity through the years.

Peter Yarrow’s talents as an artist-both with Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer are frequently explained as using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs Peter, Paul & Mary have recorded, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done” and “Light One Candle.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, he has earned many gold and platinum albums and has been awarded numerous Grammys. More important to Peter is the acknowledgment of the central role that he and his partners have played in bringing the folk renaissance of the 1960s to the hearts and homes of the American public.

Bethany Yarrow will perform on stage with her father, singing a number of classic folk songs. Bethany Yarrow’s debut cd, ROCK ISLAND, mixes the gloss of pop production with banjos, dulcimers, harmonicas, slide guitars, gospel choirs, and the sampled ghosts of some of the great blues singers of America. Recorded at an old inn in the Catskills, the CD borrows from the deep river of American song and creates a gorgeous and contemporary sonic landscape with Bethany’s haunting voice.

Native New Yorker, Kenny White has produced many acclaimed songs such as “I Don’t Know Why” from Shawn Colvin’s “Fat City” release as well as Peter Wolf’s “Fools Parade” and “Sleepless.” Two years after his debut release, “Uninvited Guest”, Kenny White has once again gathered a remarkable ensemble of talent to help him record his new LP, Symphony in 16 Bars. Uninvited Guest received glowing reviews.

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