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. Join us for a concert that will feature original and traditional songs, as well as a few songs by the late, great Harry Chapin.
Photo Credit: Sarah Coale
Tom Chapin enjoys a career that spans five decades, 25 albums and three Grammy awards. The multi-talented singer-songwriter-guitarist has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. Tom Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel musical careers, both as a respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children’s music. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, He has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio and film. He is on the Board of WhyHunger and remains active in a variety of environmental causes, and efforts on behalf of music and the arts in our public schools. His newest CD, Threads, features songs of hope, possibility, love and family.
The Chapin Sisters are Lily and Abigail Chapin, singing, songwriting sisters known for pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. They’ve been compared to sister-acts of old and Appalachian family groups, yet their original songs and arrangements have a contemporary feel. Their newest album, “Today’s Not Yesterday,” was released in October 2015. These 12 songs, written mostly in New York, are as much about the sisters’ past, and the eight years they spent living in Los Angeles, as they are about their present lives on the East Coast. They explore break-ups, leaving California, accepting change, reinventing oneself and returning home to the things that matter most. They have toured the world on their own and as back-up singers.
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.