December 7th Holiday Special with Tom Chapin

Newtown, CT – The Flagpole Radio Café continues its sixth season with Grammy Award-winning Tom Chapin. Tickets are now on sale at The show begins at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, CT.  To celebrate the holidays and as a way of saying thank you to all of loyal patrons all tickets for this performance are on sale for $20!   If further information is needed, please contact

Tom Chapin first appeared in The Flagpole Radio Café in November of 2010. Executive Producer Martin Blanco remarked, “We are so glad to have Tom Chapin return to our show, especially this December. His artistic sensibilities are an excellent compliment to our brand of music and comedy, and we feel that his appearance is a lot like family returning home for the holidays.  There’s no avoiding that next month will conjure profound feelings in our community, and I believe Mr. Chapin and his formidable talents will bring much needed comfort and joy. ”

            Tom Chapin’s music spans multiple styles and generations.  For more than thirty years and through twenty-one recordings, he has entertained, amused and enlightened audiences of all ages with life-affirming original songs told in a sophisticated array of musical styles.  His remarkable musicianship, great songwriting and personal warmth shine through whether he’s performing in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse. 

            Tom Chapin’s adult concerts and recordings are sparked by strong, intelligent songwriting with clear, engaging vocals and the intricate, melodic guitar work that has become his trademark.  His most recent recording Broadsides, a collaboration with John Forster, was released this month.

            The New York Times calls Tom Chapin “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music.”He says: “Mine is not a traditional music, but it comes from a tradition.  My musical heroes are people like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie who wrote and sang real songs for real people; for everyone, old, young, and in between.” 

            Tom Chapin is also a beloved narrator of children’s books on tape.  Three of his narrations won Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album for Children: Mama Don’t Allow in 2001, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly in 2002, and The Train They Call the City of New Orleans in 2004. 

            His varied career has taken him to Broadway as lead in the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, off-Broadway as musical director of both Cotton Patch Gospel and Harry Chapin: Lies & Legends and on television as host of Make A Wish on ABC, and as host of the documentary series National Geographic Explorer.  He has contributed satiric topical songs to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, poking fun at social and scientific trends in the news.  He also has a cameo role in Jonathan Demme’s 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

            In addition, Tom Chapin works tirelessly on behalf of many charitable organizations.  He is on the Board of Directors of Why Hunger, a hunger organization founded in 1975 by Tom’s late brother, singer/songwriter/humanitarian Harry Chapin.He is active in environmental causes as well as in working to get music and the arts back in schools.


            Now in its sixth season, The Flagpole Radio Café was created by Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It features music by Jim Allyn and The Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, radio style comedy sketches by the Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre nd appearances by guests artists of accomplishment if not renown.

            After four years of performances, the show took a hiatus in the shadow of the Sandy Hook Shootings of December 14, 2012. n that most terrible day, ensemble members Francine and David Wheeler lost their son Benjamin. The tragedy reunited the ensemble with Peter Yarrow, who produced A Family Concert of Caring, Healing and Togetherness at the Ridgefield Playhouse with the intent on bringing a measure of peace to the greater community as well as contributing to the broader movement for non-violence in our country. The ensemble, especially singer Francine Wheeler, was prominently featured in this presentation. A one hour version of this concert was subsequently broadcast on PBS in New York this summer, and shortly will be available to PBS stations throughout the country.

            The ensemble is comprised of musicians Jim Allyn, Rob Bonaccorso, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neil and Francine Wheeler, and actors Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, and David Wheeler. Each show also features a musical guest artist and has included luminaries such as Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Peter Yarrow, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Jonathon Edwards, Elisabeth Von Trapp, Christine Lavin, Deborah Henson-Conant, Patty Larkin, Vaneese Thomas, Roger Ball of The Average White Band, and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.

            The Flagpole Radio Café will be performed on December 7th at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT. For this show, all tickets are on a special holiday sale and will cost $20. Other performance dates are: February 8, March 22, and May 17. For ticket sales and information visit or call (203) 364.0898.

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