Stookey stokes the opera house
Camden — Singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey, who has lived on the Blue Hill peninsula since 1970, will perform Saturday night, Aug. 30, at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. The Camden Windjammer Festival weekend concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades, both as the “Paul” of legendary trio 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 and passionate, Stookey’s vocal sound is known all across the land, from the “Wedding Song” to “In These Times.”
While acknowledging his history and the meaningful association with Peter Yarrow and Mary Travers (performing occasionally with Yarrow as a duo following the 2009 death of Travers), Stookey 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, Stookey's current musical outlook continues to be fresh, optimistic and encouraging. Elizabeth Bannard Stookey, his wife of going on 50 years, has incorporated the “family music” as part of her One Light, Many Candles multi-faith programs.
Stookey has recorded more than 45 albums, both as part of the legendary trio and as a soloist. His solo voice is firmly established, writing and performing music that addresses social change while speaking of and to the soul; and fusing jazz improvisation and insightful folk lyrics. The political, sociopolitical, spiritual and cultural dynamics of life’s stories continue to drive his songs. 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.
Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show; and $16 for those older than 65 or younger than 12. Advance tickers are available by calling 470-7066; online at camdenoperahouse.com; and at the Camden Town Office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.