Yarrow’s Return To Newtown Will Mark 10th Anniversary Of Association With Flagpole Radio Café
UPDATE (Wednesday, March 11, 2020: The March 21 Flagpole Radio Cafe has been postponed; new date TBA.
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Flagpole Radio Café is pleased to announce that Peter Yarrow will be the guest artist for the March 21 presentation at Edmond Town Hall.
The performance, scheduled for 7 pm, will mark the tenth anniversary of the celebrated singer-songwriter’s association with the show.
Flagpole Radio Café is an evening of engaging music and compelling comedy performed by an ensemble of local artists.
The musical ensemble features Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Cadence Carroll, Chris Durham, Dick Neal, and Francine Wheeler. The acting troupe includes Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, and David Wheeler.
Producer Martin Blanco reflected, “Peter Yarrow has been our most cherished guest artist. He joined us for the first time in the spring of 2010. The Edmond Town Hall was overflowing with people and dozens had to be turned away. It was a watershed moment for the show and the beginning of our lasting association with Peter.”
The following year Peter’s daughter and her partner, who form the musical duo Bethany and Rufus, appeared on the show. In the summer of 2012, Yarrow and Bethany and Rufus joined Flagpole Radio Café for a show at Ives Concert Center in Danbury.
When 12/14 happened a few months later, the relationship between Flagpole Radio Café members and Yarrow went from professional to very personal. In the wake of that tragedy, Peter Yarrow personally reached out to the Wheelers. He sat with them in their home, grieved with them, and comforted them with the healing grace of music.
Special concerts were then planned for the public, to share the healing process. Yarrow began joining the discussion of sensible gun legislation on the Bill Moyers program Moyers and Company, among other public forums.
Francine Wheeler said Yarrow “was of great support to so many people in Newtown, but he also became a cherished friend. His sincere devotion to us and others in pain was a tremendous source of strength. He’s like our own personal rabbi.”
Yarrow has continued to support Newtown by performing at Sandy Hook and Fraser Woods schools. He has also performed at private house concerts and church groups as well, sharing their grief and offering comfort to ease their pain.