Betty and Noel Stookey, who have been married for over 50 years, together founded “One Light, Many Candles.” They produce and perform multifaith presentations combining spoken word and music—both Noel’s original compositions and indigenous music from various cultures. Betty is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and served as chaplain at Northfield Mount Hermon School (1997-2005), where she became aware of the need for greater spiritual inclusivity among the culturally diverse student body. Noel was the Paul in the iconic folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary, whose activism was central to the antiwar and civil rights movements of the 60s and 70s. We spoke about their spiritual histories, the genesis of “One Light, Many Candles,” the difference between interfaith and multifaith and more.
Like he did in the ´60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times
December 27, 2017 Hugh Bowden EntertainmentLifestyle
BLUE HILL — One might think that, as he closes in on his 80th birthday, Noel Paul Stookey would be content to kick back, relax and take a contemplative view of a musical career that has spanned six decades.
But on a November afternoon, sitting in the kitchen of his South Blue Hill home with a guitar in hand and both voice and fingers still in good form, Stookey observed that “the harsh reality of our political climate” still cries out for the sort of resistance that has been an integral part of his music since the protest songs of the 1960s when he arrived on the folk music scene as one-third of Peter, Paul and Mary.
And now, when faced with “the bizarre results of the 2016 election,” he’s more than ready to provide that resistance. Stookey says the fact that his music has political perspective “is part of a larger evolution that began when I went to Greenwich Village in the ’60s and discovered that music, while entertaining and perhaps inspiring, could also be informative. I feel a responsibility to my neighbors to articulate what many of them may be feeling but don’t have a musical platform.”
Stookey has just released a four-song compact disc titled “summerfallwinterspring” that includes a song loosely designated for each season. Two of the CD’s songs are about as politically topical as it gets.
Noel Paul Stookey releases SUMMERFALLWINTERSPRING recording
SUMMERFALLWINTERSPRING, a four-song collection by Noel Paul Stookey has just been released on CD and for digital download. The new recording features a tune for each season. “Two of the tracks are ultra-political”, says Stookey referring to his viral hit “Impeachable” and the recent followup “I Will Stand” where he is joined by Peter Yarrow, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Chapin, Holly Near, Josh White Jr, David Mallett, Barry Ollman, David Roth and Maureen McGovern. The remaining two songs “Moon River” and “Somethin’ Special” are part of his longer range project: a holiday album for 2018. “It’s sort of like sweet and sour”, says Noel about the SUMMERFALLWINTERSPRING combination of material. “There’s the harsh reality of our political climate”, he continues “but there’s also the realization that beneath the surface of our rhetoric, is the possibility of a genuine regard and respect for one another. That’s why i chose to include “Moon River” - to speak to the hopeful dreamer in each of us.” The ‘Winter’ offering of the release features “Somethin’ Special”, a semi-autobiographical story-in-song that harkens back to a nostalgically sweet and warmly glowing memory of a Christmas past that is sure to bring a smile to the season. Following recent performances of the song, audiences have shared with Stookey similar stories from their family holiday times. Summer’s offering is “I Will Stand, (Work Together)”, and draws its inspiration from a FaceBook rant by Thomas J. Gray, that spoke to Noel and cried out for being put to music. It quickly found its way into the live set list and aroused spontaneous ovations that interrupted almost every line. Noel invited a few folk friends to add their voices to the recording and many responded with their passion, too. Be sure to check out the YouTube video with lyrics and photos of the participants! What song could be more romantic, sentimental and appropriate for the Fall than “Moon River”? This beautifully rendered acoustic version is enhanced with guitar chords inspired by Eric Satie’s atmospheric “Gymnopedie No. 1”, and will certainly become a favorite take on the classic composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, that made its appearance in the film “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” and sung by Audrey Hepburn. Noel’s sensitive cover is destined to stand tall beside Andy Williams’ and Frank Sinatra’s recordings as one that will be shared in the hearts of a new generation of lovers. Spring brings us full circle with “Impeachable”. Set to the tune of Irving Gordon’s “Unforgettable”, (first made popular by Nat King Cole,) this is the orchestral version by Stookey of the new song that went completely viral as a video when a very modest, man-and-his-guitar version found its way to YouTube, quickly tallying views well above a six digit count. What else does a folk icon, whose pedigree goes back to protest songs of the 1960’s, do when faced with the bizarre results of the 2016 election?
Available on Amazon, YouTube, Itunes and CDBaby.
February 16, 2017, 4:34 pm
With parody song ´Impeachable,´ folk icon Noel Paul Stookey takes jab at Trump
Stookey, a member of Peter, Paul and Mary, sings it to the tune of 'Unforgettable.' by Ray Routhier, staff writer at the Portland Press Herald
Noel Paul Stookey was sitting in his Blue Hill home a few weeks ago, talking about President Trump with his wife and a friend, when he was reminded of an old Nat King Cole tune.
Stookey – who gained fame in the 1960s singing songs about social justice with the trio Peter, Paul and Mary – said they were talking about the “egregious overreaching” by Trump and his top officials in just their first few days in office. Could Trump be impeached, Stookey wondered? First he’d have to be found to have committed offenses that would make him impeachable, Stookey mused. This prompted Stookey’s friend Becky McCall to blurt, “Impeachable, that’s what he is.”
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click here to watch the video of IMPEACHABLE
November 25, 2015, 5:16 pm
Noel Paul Stookey's 'Maine Tour' documented in CD/DVD package
by Jim Bessman at examiner.com
Noel Paul Stookey has lived in Maine for over 40 years, yet only last year did he undertake what he calls a "dedicated tour" of the state to perform.
"That meant nine towns that only people who vacation in Maine probably know about!" says the legendary folk singer-songwriter, who will always be one-third of Peter, Paul and Mary.
In fact, Baltimore native Stookey has performed only the occasional benefit concert in his adopted home state since he and his wife Betty and their three daughters moved to the southern coast of Maine—never a concentrated tour of the state all at once.
The Village Folk Show with Mary Sue Twohy Sun Oct 18 6:00 am ET. Noel Paul Stookey celebrates his new album/ DVD "At Home: The Maine Tour". The Village premiered "Familia Del Corazon" (translates to Family of Heart) last month. Appropo, Noel shares his heart on this project and joins us from his Maine studios to talk about the inspirations and the making of his new project. Join us!(Noel Paul Stookey Exclusive will be on around 9AM ET) .
This show will rebroadcast on SiriusXM The Village ch 741 online in the USA and on satellite in Canada all week Oct 19 Monday 9 PM ET Oct 20 Tuesday 3 PM ET AND 6 PM ET Oct 22 Thursday 11 AM ET Oct 23 12 PM ET Oct 24 Saturday 10 AM ET The show will also be available for 2 weeks on demand at siriusxm.com/ondemand under The Bridge
Legendary folk artist Noel Paul Stookey stopped by 207 on Tuesday to talk about his new CD and DVD set. It's called "At Home: The Maine Tour".
For the rest of the article and the videos click here.
February 12, 2015, 8:22 pm
Music Legends Share Their Favorite Love Songs
It is definitely the season for love songs, and who better to quiz about the topic, than those who’ve sung them for decades. So I caught up with some of music’s most beloved legends– Noel Paul Stookey of Paul of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame, Survivor’s Jim Peterik, The Moody Blue’s Justin Hayward, John Oates of Hall & Oates, and B.J. Thomas, to uncover their favorite love songs for Parade.com. Add these special artists and their song choices to your Valentine’s Day playlist to get into the spirit of February 14th. read the rest of the article at Parade.com
June 14, 2014, 6:18 am
New Hugworks Project
from the control room in Wylie Texas with the HUGWORKS folks. left to right: j.t. hansen, noel, jim newton, paul hill, larry dykstra
April 30, 2014, 11:34 am
Music2Life launches its SOUNDTRACK social justice concert series
Music2Life launches its SOUNDTRACK social justice concert series from Dallas, TX June 12th at 9 pm EST.
Featured artists: Noel will join the Texmaniacs, a Grammy award winning Tejano band from San Antonio, and Gina Chavez, Austin Music Award’s Best Latin Traditional Artist/Band in 2013.
Developed in collaboration with a variety of Dallas-based community partners (list below), SOUNDTRACK:IMMIGRATION offers local and national audiences an entertaining and evocative glimpse into immigration reform through a musical lens.
Proceeds support immigration reform efforts in the Dallas area.
Help build a Song on Immigration! Click on video above for music track. Then suggest lyrics by sending them to:email@example.com. The completed song will be presented at the concert on June 12th and be available for download.
then joining Peter, Bethany and Rufus to sing IF I HAD A HAMMER and THIS LAND the night before the Mandela memorial.
November 24, 2013, 8:10 am
Looking Back on the Kennedy Years
'Noel Paul Stookey has lived in Maine for decades, but in the early 1960's he was traveling the nation and the world as part of the popular folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. Stookey recalls playing a concert for the president. He says Kennedy came and spoke to each of the performers afterward.'
Eleven years in the making, the Caffè Lena History Project is dedicated to documenting the history and impact of Caffè Lena - America's oldest continuously running folk music coffeehouse - and commemorating the life and legacy of its founder Lena Spencer. (Noel is featured in a 2-page spread with interview excerpt and photograph).
The book is published by PowerHouse Books and edited by Jocelyn Arem, with a foreword by Tim Robbins. It features over 200 never-before-seen images made at Caffè Lena between 1960 - 2013, stories from over 100 interviews, and rare memorabilia. Other featured artists include Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Ani Difranco, Anais Mitchell and Peter Mulvey.
CAMBRIDGE —When Noel Paul Stookey starts singing "This Land is Your Land’’ beside the Charles River, audience members at Revels RiverSing will be invited to join in and celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with music that promotes a sense of community and social change.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m., Stookey – an original member of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary – will join with poets, puppeteers and street performers to mark RiverSing’s 10th anniversary with an open air celebration that bids farewell to summer with song, dance and wondrous whimsy.
Part of famous trio returns to National Mall for anniversary march
by Lacey Martin
WASHINGTON - The images of 1963's March on Washington are instantly recognizable. The sound of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. calling for change and sharing his dream still pricks ears and commands attention.
But that day 50 years ago had a soundtrack, too. Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Odetta, Marian Anderson and Peter, Paul & Mary all offered their voices as part of a demand for equality.
Noel Paul Stookey, a third of Peter, Paul & Mary, plans to take the stage Wednesday along with Peter Yarrow at the National Mall for the 50th anniversary of the march. Mary Travers died in 2009...
From OFFBEAT :
"Last Friday (May 31), folk legend Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) and his legacy initiative, Music2Life hosted a unique musical experience with rising urban alternative stars Carolyn Malachi and Jasiri X, among others. The event, Music Matters, took place at the 26th annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity as part of an initiative to to challenge young artists to create “music of meaning” and be a part of the “soundtrack for social change.” Enjoy photographer Willow Haley‘s shots from the evening."
May 1, 2013, 9:05 am
Interview: Noel Paul Stookey at the Grammy Museum
April 25, 2013, 9:43 am
Music2Life: Music Matters Benefit
MUSIC MATTERS celebrating music of conscience in all genres, for all generations.
Join Music2Life founders Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and Liz Stookey Sunde for a special benefit performance of MUSIC MATTERS — our flagship educational program — featuring acclaimed artist-activists Carolyn Malachi and Jasiri X.
Welcome to Music2Life, founded by Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary) and daughter Liz Stookey Sunde to promote the use of music for social change. See what we've been up to and what we're planning for the months ahead.
Noel Paul Stookey Talks About Celebrating Yom HaShoah!
March 17, 2013, 5:21 pm
Noel at WMNF
March 3, 2013, 1:29 am
MPBN's Maine Arts! Presents - One&Many: Noel Paul Stookey- The Maine Years
Friday, March 8, 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2:30 pm
Wednesday, March 13, 8:00 pm
Legendary singer and Maine resident Noel Paul Stookey takes the stage to share a lifetime of songs and memories in this special concert recorded at the beautiful Waterville Opera House. Maine performers David Mallett and Tim Sample stop by to reminisce with Noel and take the stage with their own songs.
This program was recorded on January 4, 2013, at the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, Maine.
Noel appeared on Tavis Smiley on Wednesday December 19th.T o view the interview click here.
December 12, 2012, 10:25 pm
GODSPEED INSTITUTE for Spiritual Learning
Listen to Caer Hallundbaek's chat with Noel Paul and Betty Stookey, as they share about their life and what has touched them and upheld them, including music, faith and love. Don't miss this very special show.
MPBN’s Maine Arts presents Christmas in Maine on Sunday, December 9, 7:00 p.m., Sunday,December 23, 12:00 noon, and Tuesday, December 25, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
This holiday television production features the talents of some of Maine’s most acclaimed recording artists and performers.The show features Grammy Award-winners Noel Paul Stookey and Paul Sullivan along with Jonathan Edwards, Rick Charette, Joan Kennedy with Dan Merrill, Laura Darrell, The Daponte String Quartet and tenor John McVeigh. This festive special is hosted by MPBN’s Suzanne Nance and Maine humorist and storyteller, Tim Sample. From holiday classics to classical Christmas favorites, this show promises something for everyone!
November 30, 2012, 4:34 pm
Noel's Guest Appearance on Doug Cameron's New CD
Noel joins his longtime friend, contemporary violinist Doug Cameron, on Doug's new CD Doug Cameron's Spontaneous Christmas. You'll find Noel singing and playing on a jazzy arrangement Doug has done of Noel's song Christmas Dinner.