Flagpole Radio Café Press Release
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October 8, 2010
WINNING SINGER SONGWRITER
ON NOVEMBER 6 AT
THE FLAGPOLE RADIO CAFÉ
Newtown, CT - the Newtown Cultural
Arts Commission is pleased to announce that Grammy Award-winning Tom Chapin will be the guest artist for
the November 6th edition of The Flagpole Radio Café. Tickets
are now on sale at http://.flagpoleproductions.org
. The show begins at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown,
CT. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15
for students and senior citizens. If
further information is needed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Executive Producer Martin Blanco remarked, “We are delighted to
have such an accomplished musician and songwriter on our show. In addition to his superb musicianship, Mr. Chapin is a terrific actor and
storyteller. His artistic sensibilities
are a great compliment to our brand of music and comedy and I know that our
audience will enjoy his performance. We
are anticipating a full house at the Edmond
Town Hall this November 6.”
not acquainted with The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show 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
Radio Café Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble created for the show, and radio style
comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory
Theatre. The Flagpole Radio Café is
hosted by musician and radio personality Chris
Teskey, who also broadcasts the show on his celebrated program on WPKN radio. Each show features a musical guest artist
such as Peter Yarrow, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.
Tom Chapin’s music spans multiple
styles and generations. For more than
thirty years and through twenty-one recordings, Mr. Chapin 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.
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.
addition, Tom Chapin works
tirelessly on behalf of many charitable organizations. He is on the Board of Directors of WhyHunger,
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.
For those not acquainted with
The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show 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, a dynamic ensemble created for
the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre.
The Flagpole Radio Cafe is hosted by musician and radio personality
Chris Teskey, who also broadcasts the show on his celebrated program on WPKN radio.
Each show features a musical guest artist such as Peter Yarrow,
Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler
and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.