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In the long rich history of Family Groups in American Roots Music, the Chapin Family has a special place. Tom Chapin has a career that spans five decades, 25 albums and three Grammy Awards. Lily and Abigail Chapin are singing, songwriting sisters known for pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. When this family of performers comes together, magic happens.
Featuring original and traditional songs by the acclaimed family roots group including “Cat’s In The Cradle,” “Remember When The Music,” and “Circle” by Harry Chapin, as well as “Pass The Music On” and “This Pretty Planet” by Tom Chapin.
The concert coincides with the debut of the album, At the Turning Point, which celebrates the thirty years of collaborations between Tom Chapin & Friends, set to be released on May 15. The Chapin Sisters additionally will perform songs from their forthcoming recording, Ferry Boat, set for release on April 30.
Photo Credit: Sarah Coale
Tom Chapin enjoys a career that spans five decades, 25 albums and three Grammy awards. The New York Times calls Tom Chapin “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music.” Tom has covered an incredible amount of creative ground, maintaining two long and productive parallel musical vocations, both as a respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children’s music. Within the last few months Tom won the Best Male Artist Award from the International Acoustic Music Awards, had a third re-printing of a children’s book (The Library Book) by Simon & Schuster, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from his Alma Mater (SUNY/Plattsburgh). This show marks the NYC debut of Tom Chapin & Friends’ new live-in-concert CD, “At the Turning Point,” celebrating the 30th year of Tom Chapin & Friends, and featuring all the performers in tonight’s show.
The Chapin Sisters are Lily and Abigail Chapin, singing, songwriting sisters known for pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. “Prepare to lose your soul,” says L.A. Record of siblings Abigail and Lily Chapin, whose seventh recording, “Ferry Boat,” will be issued by Loantaka Records on April 30. Making music that The New York Times praises as “tantalizingly close to beauty,” The Chapin Sisters carry on a proud family musical legacy. Since 2005 the sisters have garnered critical acclaim by forging a distinctive musical imprint in which they “wed lilting voices, dynamically complex vocal harmonies, and folk-influenced melodies to dark, wryly sarcastic lyrical content,” notes Amazon.com in an editorial review. “Ferry Boat” was produced by drummer/composer Evan Taylor (whose credits include producing the late Bernie Worrell and Jimmy Destri) and features two songs each by Abigail and Lily alongside their take on a number written with them in mind by the friend and musical compatriot, banjo player/multi-instrumentalist Hilary Hawke.
Jon Cobert (piano, accordion, vocals) is a studio musician, composer and arranger. He has recorded with John Lennon, John Denver, Harry Chapin, Loudon Wainwright III, Dion, Henry Gross, Phyllis Hyman, Klaus Nomi, Linda Eder, and Laura Branigan, among others. He penned the themes for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and College Football Gameday shows, as well as hundreds of TV and radio jingles.
Michael Mark (bass, concertina, penny whistle, vocals) received a Drama Desk Award for best supporting actor in the original Broadway cast of “I Love My Wife,” and was musical director for the national tour of “I Love My Wife” starring Tom and Dick Smothers. He is perhaps best known for writing the theme for TVʼs Entertainment Tonight. In 1981, Michael was cast in the original production of Cotton Patch Gospel by Harry Chapin.
Jon and Michael are featured on Tomʼs family and adult recordings, and have each earned 5 Grammy nominations for their work as producers on Tom Chapin’s recordings. Tom, Jon and Michael are celebrating their 30th anniversary touring together.