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Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary to play at Saratoga Springs' Caffe Lena

Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary to play at Saratoga Springs' Caffe Lena

Legend from group that made "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "If I Had a Hammer" arrives Jan. 11 and 12
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary to play at Saratoga Springs' Caffe Lena
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame performs in Clifton Park in 2010
Photographer: Gazette file photo

Folk music legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, will perform at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs Jan. 11 and 12.

The performance is part of a new folk heritage series created by Caffe Lena to help celebrate traditional folk music.

"After years of urging our audience to take a chance on new artists, we're finding that the pendulum has swung," Sarah Craig, executive director at Caffe Lena, said in a press statement. "Sing-alongs and songs from childhood are an important part of culture. Peter Yarrow is the reason we can all sing 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'Puff the Magic Dragon.'"

Yarrow joined forces with Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers to form Peter, Paul and Mary in New York City in 1961. The trio brought folkmusic into the mainstream of American popular music and continued to carry the torch of social commentary well past Travers' death in 2009.

The three were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, and also earned the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.

Yarrow remains an outspoken activist on many issues, and is currently working on a album created by students of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It is the site of the deadliest school shooting incident in history, 17 people having lost their lives when former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire on the student body.

The trio had six top ten singles on the pop charts between 1962 ("If I Had a Hammer") and 1969 ("Leaving on a Jet Plane").

Yarrow will perform at Caffe Lena at 8 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 3 p.m. on Jan. 12. Advance tickets are available at www.CaffeLena.org or by calling the box office at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for students.

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