Folk musician Tom Chapin performs in Prescott Sunday
Tom Chapin, an icon of the folk music world, will be in concert in Prescott Sunday night at the Prescott Center for the Arts.
Chapin is a multi-focused entertainer and philanthropist and comes from a musical family. He is the son of jazz drummer and teacher Jim Chapin and brother of the late Harry Chapin, a noted singer-songwriter/activist. Tom has recorded 22 albums and won three Grammy awards.
He says of his long history in entertainment that he has "parallel careers" - one that is music for families with children post-toddler and pre-teen ages and a second one meant for adults.
The family music, he said, "is the last chance" for parents and their kids to listen to the same music together - before children get caught up in what many adults don't enjoying hearing.
His second parallel is what he will be bringing to Prescott and that is music for adults - "singer/songwriter songs in the folk balladeer tradition."
This music will be about relationships, the environment - "grown-up songs you want to listen to and kids don't," such as "We Will Adjust" and "Once When I Was Young," he said. And he plans to sing brother Harry's "Circle" and "Cat's in the Cradle."
Chapin will take the stage with his guitar banjo and autoharp and bring along a lot of stories to tell, as well, he said. His favorites are love stories, family stories and yarns about relationships, along with "political commentary on our world."
In addition to his music, Chapin continues to be an advocate on behalf of a variety of charitable causes. He is an active board member of WhyHunger, an organization that his brother Harry founded in the 1970s.
United States-based WhyHunger "is still going strong," he said. "It helps put hungry people in touch with food and helps them toward self-reliance."
The United States is a rich country, he noted, but in some ways "it's worse than ever right now."
Chapin's performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 and are available by calling the Prescott Center for the Arts at 445-3286 or logging onto www.pca-az.net. PCA and Folk Sessions are partnering in presenting the concert.
Chapin began performing as a teenager in the early 1960s, playing with his brothers Harry and Steve as the Chapin Brothers. He went on to host a children's show, Make a Wish, and he launched his solo recording career in 1976 with "Life Is Like That."
He played the lead in Broadway's "Pump Boys and Dinettes," hosted television's National Geographic Explorer, has written and performed satirical topical songs for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and had a cameo role as the vice presidential candidate in the 2004 remake of "Manchurian Candidate."