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Subject: Tom Chapin in Fair Lawn - March 6
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 10:47 PM

If you plan to be in Bergen County this Saturday, please take note. If you happen to know someone in the area - please pass this on and let them know:

On Saturday March 6, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club Concert Series at the Fair Lawn Community Center will present acclaimed singer-songwriter Tom Chapin in two special concerts. Chapin will perform a "family concert" at 3:00pm and a concert for adults at 8:00pm with special guest Pat Wictor.

Tom Chapin's music spans styles and generations. For more than thirty years and through twenty compact discs, Chapin has entertained, amused and enlightened audiences of all ages with life-affirming original songs told in a sophisticated array of musical styles.

Specially priced tickets for children under 14 are being offered for the 3:00pm "family concert."   Chapin has gained widespread critical and popular acclaim for his recordings aimed at 4 to 11 year-olds and their families. His family albums have been recognized with awards from the American Library Association, Parents' Choice, the New York Music Awards, the National Association of Parenting Publications and Parents Magazine. Five of his family recordings have received Grammy nominations for Best Musical Album For Children.

Chapin's live performances engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of children and adults alike. In discussing Chapin's music, Parent's Magazine noted "Nobody today is writing and performing better kids' songs than Tom Chapin . . . the Pied Piper of children's music." Elementary school teachers across North America have incorporated Chapin's songs into their curriculum, finding them accessible and adaptable to classroom study and interaction.

The National Music Council recognized Tom with the prestigious American Eagle Award in 2008 to honor him for his "great contribution to music and music education in our nation."

Tom'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. He has recorded nine albums of adult-oriented material. The newest, Let The Bad Times Roll, was released in July 2009.

When asked to describe his music, Chapin said "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." Last spring, Chapin performed at the Pete Seeger's 90th birthday all-star celebration at Madison Square Garden.

Chapin's 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."

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

Opening the 8:00pm adult concert will be Pat Wictor. Steeped in American "roots" music, Pat is a contemporary songwriter and interpreter drawing on the rural country, gospel, and blues traditions of our nation.

The Fair Lawn Community Center is located at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ. Tickets for the 3:00pm family concert are $15 for children under 14 and $20 for adults ($17 for Hurdy Gurdy members). Tickets for the 8:00m adult concert are $25 ($22 for Hurdy Gurdy members). Ticket can be purchased online at or at the box office at the Fair Lawn Community Center on the night of the concert.

Additional information can be received at the website or by calling the Hurdy Gurdy Hotline at (201) 384-1325.

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Subject: RE: Tom Chapin in Fair Lawn - March 6
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 10:14 AM

By the way, we have some videos of Tom Chapin and Pat Wictor posted on our blog site -

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Subject: RE: Tom Chapin in Fair Lawn - March 6
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 05:45 PM

Tom Chapin myspace

Just listening to him singing 'Ellis Island', Ron. Great song. And thinking back to the time I saw him with his brother, Harry, over here in London, shortly before Harry died..

The similarity in their voices is there for all to hear..

I miss Harry so much, even to this day.

I wish Tom all the best and hope his gig goes well.

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Subject: RE: Tom Chapin in Fair Lawn - March 6
From: Cool Beans
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 06:10 PM

That Parents Magazine quote is mine; I used to be a contributing editor and did a big story on Tom for them. He's great.

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Subject: RE: Tom Chapin in Fair Lawn - March 6
From: GUEST,ArtsRock
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 07:02 PM

Tom Chapin will also be in Nyack on Saturday, March 13th: Tom Chapin and Friends Birthday Concert!

Saturday March 13th, 2010 1pm
Ritterhausen Theate
(Old Nyack High School)
131 N. Midland Ave.
Nyack, NY 10960

Tickets $15 advance and $18 at the door
For tickets and info:

Tom Chapin & Friends Birthday Concert is sponsored by Friends of the Nyacks.

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Subject: RE: Tom Chapin in Fair Lawn - March 6
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 01:00 AM

Just a last minute reminder from your friends at the Hurdy Gurdy Folk
Music Club:

The weather forecasters are predicting a wonderful sunny and seasonably warm day, and I am predicting an incredible day of music for all to enjoy!!

Tom Chapin will perform 2 concerts today at the Fair Lawn Community
Center as part of the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club Concert Series.

At 3:00pm, the award winning artist will perform a special "Family
Concert" that is especially suited for children between 4 and 11, plus
parents, grandparents and all family members! Please come out and
enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and fun - tickets are just $15 for children under 14, and $20 for adults ($17 for Hurdy Gurdy members).

Tonight at 8pm, Tom will perform an "adult" concert. Opening the
evening will be Pat Wictor. Tickets are only $25 ($22 for Hurdy Gurdy

Tickets WILL be available at the door for both concerts - cash only at
the door. You can still order online at .
All seating is general admission,
and the doors will open 1/2 hour before each concert. The box office
will open 1 hour before each show.

We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid being shut out. Tickets have been selling very well the last few days. You can purchase online at
with a credit card or a Pay Pal
account (you do NOT need a Pay Pal account to order online!).

Please check our website or call the Hurdy Gurdy Hotline if you have any questions. Hope to see everyone in Fair Lawn later today!

Ron Olesko

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