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Come and celebrate the story of an ever-changing America with Folk Legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary and a cast of young charismatic singers and multi-instrumentalists. This concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical tells the story of American folk from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan and beyond – including the music of Pete Seeger, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter Paul & Mary, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Donovan, Harry Chapin, James Taylor & more, with a special tribute to Leonard Cohen. This inspiring evening of great music includes period costumes, multimedia projections, and sing-a-longs.
Photo: J Tanner
Peter Yarrow (special guest) is the legendary singer and songwriter of Peter, Paul and Mary. His work helped create some of Peter, Paul and Mary’s best-known songs, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon”, “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle”, and “The Great Mandala”. He also produced three CBS TV specials based on “Puff, the Magic Dragon”, which earned an Emmy nomination for him. Peter is a social and political activist and heartily endorses Lonesome Traveler as a way to keep American folk music live for new generations to come.
Audrey Martells (vocals) studied music at Willliam Paterson College and Acting at HB Studios (NYC) and New Federal Theater. Television/Film credits include Chicago (Miramax Motion Picture), and Blue Bloods. Audrey has written songs recorded by George Benson and Randy Crawford. She is also an accomplished vocalist and has worked with Whitney Houston, Jewel, Britney Spears, Joan Osborne and Steven Van Zandt among others.
Charlotte Morris (actor, singer/songwriter) is an actor, singer/songwriter, and musician based in New York. As a recent graduate of Northwestern University, Charlotte is excited to be joninig the Lonesome Traveler family. Charlotte can be seen in Oregon Cabaret’s Once. Look out for her debut EP, To New York, with Love, coming this spring.
Beau Moore (guitar & vocals) is an actor-musician and sound designer who hails from Austin, Texas. His projects have led him to venues like The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, and the Paradise Factory, as well as across the United States on various tours. Proud graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
Evan Michael Smith (vocals) graduated from Wagner College in New York City with a BA in Musical Theatre. During his time at Wagner College, Evan stared in the musicals HAIR as HUD and Songs for a New World as Man 1. Evan trained at The Gaiety School Of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, and was an Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellow with the Bushnell Center For Performing Arts in Hartford, CT.
Justin Flagg (guitar & banjo) is thrilled to be back playing these great songs with the Lonesome Traveler team. He appeared in Rubicon Theatre Company’s world premiere of Lonesome Traveler in 2011, and stayed with the show through its Off-Broadway run in 2015. Justin studied acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has appeared on stage and screen throughout the US and UK. Currently he works as Communications Director and Environmental Policy Advisor for New York State Senator Liz Krueger. Justin has released three albums and appears regularly with his Americana band, The New Students.
Samuel Gelfer (bass & vocals) is a performer, educator, clinician, conductor and arranger from Brookhaven Hamlet on Long Island. He studied music education and double bass at SUNY Fredonia and received his masters in music from Stony Brook University. He currently teaches orchestra in the Farmingdale school district and maintains a busy schedule of performing in Long Island and New York City. He has appeared Off-Broadway as a musician and cast member of the show Lonesome Traveler and is a member of The New Students, a modern Americana folk band based in Brooklyn.
Syrena Nikole (guitar & vocals) studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts majoring in vocal performance, and the Manhattan School of Music for opera. Aside from being a musician, she is an actress, songwriter, aerialist, fire dancer, and belly-dancer. She is currently belly-dancing for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Thaïs.
Matt Gelfer (artistic director, fiddle, guitar, & mandolin) is a multi-instrumentalist performer, educator, composer and arranger. He grew up on Long Island’s South Shore with one foot planted firmly in the classical tradition and the other in fiddling and bluegrass. He can be seen playing fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in the Brooklyn-based folk band The New Students along with his fellow Lonesome Travelers Justin and Sam. Together they have released three albums of original songs. He is a proud graduate of Berklee College of Music.
James O’ Neil (writer & director) is Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of the nationally acclaimed Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California. He recently received both Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle nominations as writer and director of Lonesome Traveler, A Journey Down the Rivers and Streams of American Folk.