From the nightclubs of San Francisco and New York stretching back to the front porches of Appalachia, the story of folk music is truly the story of an ever-changing America. That story comes to life in a new production that captures the enduring power and popularity of the American folk phenomenon.
On Thursday, January 18th, the Clermont Performing Arts Center welcomes Lonesome Traveler: The Concert, the stirring concert version of the acclaimed off-Broadway musical that the New York Times called “illuminating,” “revelatory” and “achingly beautiful.” The show features songs like: “If I Had a Hammer,“ “Puff The Magic Dragon,” “This Land is Your Land,” “This Little Light of Mine,” “Blowin in the Wind”, “Like a Rolling Stones”, “Turn, Turn Turn”, “American Pie”, and “Hallelujah” in celebration of great folk artists including Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Don McClean, James Taylor, Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen.
Charismatic young singers and multi-instrumentalists will return audiences to a time when music brought us together – when it changed us. Complete with period costumes and multimedia projections, this unforgettable concert event features romantic duets, patriotic songs, church hymns, union anthems and songs of protest, taking us from the 1920s to the 1960s and beyond from the festival stages of Newport to the sound stages of Los Angeles.
In an interesting twist, folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary caught the show in New York and, after enthusiastically endorsing the show, decided to join the fun. The iconic singer will be appearing in this production of the show as a special guest star. An inspiring evening of great music, Lonesome Traveler presents a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture, bringing together audiences of all ages.
“Lonesome Traveler: The Concert” will be performed at the Clermont Performing Arts Center (3700 S. Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34711) on Thursday, January 18th at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.clermontperformingarts.com or by calling 352-394-4800.