A press release from Friday Night Folk
Tom Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and charismatic live performances. The New York Times called him "one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music." Chapin is coming to perform in New London on November 8.
Chapin’s witty, life-affirming original songs are delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. In a career that spans five decades, 23 albums and three Grammy awards, this singer songwriter has covered a great deal of creative ground. In addition to being a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway and worked extensively in film, television and radio.
He was born to talent and has deep roots. He is the son of jazz drummer Jim Chapin, brother of Harry Chapin, and grandson of author Kenneth Burke. He began performing professionally in the 1960s, playing in Greenwich Village folk clubs alongside his siblings Harry and Steve as The Chapin Brothers.
In addition to his varied musical endeavors, Chapin is a powerful advocate on behalf of charitable causes like WhyHunger, the organization founded by his older brother, the late Harry Chapin. He is active in a variety of environmental causes, as well as efforts on behalf of music and the arts in our public schools.
“I’m at that place in my life where I follow what interests me,” says Chapin. “I still love the guitar, I still love to sing, and I still love the thrill of creation: a good song, a good recording, a good concert. I feel blessed to be my own boss, creating my own material and performing it to different audiences, ages and generations.”
The Tom Chapin concert begins at 7:30 in Unity Hall at All Souls at 19 Jay Street in New London. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets are available for advance purchase at fridaynightfolk.org.
The Friday Night Folk concert series continues with Geoff Kaufman, Charlie King with Karen Brandow on January 17, 2014. Then, Nancy and Ben Parent will share the stage with Liz Larson and Dan Spurr in a special “Valentine’s Day is for Lovers” concert onFebruary 14. Red Molly performs March 21, 2014, and The Kennedys on May 2, 2014. Visit fridaynightfolk.org for details.