Peter & Paul’s Tribute to Mary at Ravinia 2010

At Ravinia Highland Park

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey
Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

July 20, 2010

Tuneful, nostalgic trip back to my youth was emotionally drenching

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stooky returned to Ravinia to pay tribute to Mary Travers who passed on September 16, 2010 at age 72.  For me it was my 6 or 7th time to be at a P, P & M hootenanny and it brought back fond memories from those wild times in the 1960’s. Peter , Paul & Mary made  folk music mainstream and they influenced social and political movements for 50 years.

Peter Yarrow told me – listen to my podcast with Peter at theatreinchicago.com where he talks about Mary and the groups longevity.

Mary Travers
Mary Travers

He said, “Mary is gone but she lives in the music. The music must continue.”  Indeed it did at Ravinia last night. Among the highlights was just before they sang “Puff, The Magic Dragon, Peter asked all the children to come up on stage to sing with him. Several dozen did so and one sweet 7-8 year old girl sang her heart out and instantly became a “star.”  The music does live on!

Peter, Paul & Mary 2006
Peter, Paul & Mary 2006

I’m amazed that many 20somethings don’t know who Peter, Paul & Mary are! They were the greatest and most influential folk group of the last half of the 20th Century. Their legend must be revived – the music must be sung.

Peter and Paul are doing just that – with Mary’s spirit looking on. Please watch and enjoy the below YouTube videos to experience (or revive) the genius of Peter, Paul & Mary:

Tom Williams