Noel Paul Stookey Talking Beats with Daniel Lelchuk
April 30, 2021
Peter, Paul & Mary's Noel Paul Stookey on marching for "Just Causes" since the days of MLK
Posted by Andy Argyrakis
Ages before the social justice warriors of the internet, Noel Paul Stookey marched on the front lines of countless crusades, both individually and as a member of the iconic folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary (who’ve since been enshrined in Vocal Group Hall of Fame and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame).
Noel Paul Stookey is still singing for a good cause
The Blue Hill resident gained famed with Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s and recently put out an album to raise money for several causes.
By Ray Routhier Staff WriterPortland Press Herald
Noel Paul Stookey first gained fame as a singer and activist with Peter, Paul and Mary nearly 60 years ago. As part of that folk trio, he sang to more than 200,000 people during the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, D.C., where Martin Luther King Jr. also delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Noel Paul Stookey Continues Lifetime of Activism With "JUST CAUSES" Compilation Out March 22
15 New and Familiar Songs Are Paired with Non-Profit Beneficiaries In the Spirit of “Giving Back”
Noel Paul Stookey, better known as the “Paul” of the seminal 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, continues to embrace his role as an elder statesman of what was once referred to as “protest music.” On March 22, Neworld Multimedia will release JUST CAUSES, a carefully curated compilation of 15 Stookey tracks, each bearing a theme of social concern. Freshly remixed and remastered by John Stuart, Stookey has paired each song in the collection with an appropriate designated non-profit organization to benefit from the album’s net proceeds.
Noel Paul Stookey features new generation of activist musicians by Anne Berleant
BLUE HILL — Noel Paul Stookey has the kind of protest roots that today’s young activists can only dream of, born out of the youth-inspired movement of the 1960s. Stookey, of course, is part of the iconic folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, a name synonymous with American folk music. In recent years, Stookey has connected with young and activist musicians across the country, continuing his six-plus decades of social commentary through music.
With an optimism that radiates as widely as his smile Stookey’s latest project is “Hope Rises,” a compilation of songs written and performed by 15 musicians far younger than he but who embody a similar spirit. The album was issued from Stookey’s Vermont-based nonprofit organization Music to Life and moves far beyond folk music.
“When people say, where are the protest songs, they still think of Bob Dylan and harmonica and a guitar, but the current wave of expression and concern is available in all forms of music,” Stookey shared in a recent interview with The American.
PART 2 - AN INTIMATE INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF MAINE'S GREAT TALENTS by Mary Frances Barstow
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AN INTIMATE INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF MAINE'S GREAT TALENTS by Mary Frances Barstow
Wow! Look closely at this man. Notice the blue eyes that go on forever? You have to wonder what's behind him... and his music. His list of accomplishments is huge. He is rememebered for all the songs he has written, but especially for 'The Wedding Song' which was a gift he wrote for his friend Peter Yarrow (from Peter, Paul & Mary) on his wedding day. Click here for the rest of the story.
November 26, 2018
Noel Paul Stookey's new Christmas album is 'a recollection of special memories'
CENTERLINE by Jim Bessman
In his liner notes of his new Christmas album Somethin’ Special: A Noel Paul Stookey Holiday Recollection, folk legend Noel Paul Stookey calls it “a recollection of special memories.” Click here for the rest of the story.
December 30, 2017, 1:05 pm
One Light, Many Candles
Spirit Matters Talk
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?
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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.”
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...