Hear about what the iconic singer had to say about his career, Newport Folk Festival, today’s music industry and much more.

Peter Yarrow has a long history with Newport, he performed several times at the Newport Folk Festival during the 1960’s, was on the original board of the Newport Folk Festival and introduced Bob Dylan when he “decided” to go electric.


Peter Yarrow re-connected with Newport today on WADK1540AM to chat with Frank Prosnitz and I to about his career, his music, his inspiration, Newport Folk Festival, the music industry today and much more ahead of an upcoming show he will be performing at in Newport on July 16th.

Peter joined us from 1pm to 1:30pm.

Listen To Today’s Show

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About Peter’s Upcoming Performance in Rhode Island

Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), in an evening of music and conversation, will take his audience on a journey through the legendary folk trio’s spectacular career at Aqua Blue in Narragansett on July 16.

The performance, a benefit for Congregation Beth David, is open to the public.

His show is remarkable: warm, humorous, contemporary, nostalgic, thoughtful, and inspiring.  He sings songs and tells stories of where we were, where we are, and what we can do now.

Tickets are $60 and include the performance, dinner, and a silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Congregation Beth David at 401-789-3437, or send a check (payable to Congregation Beth David), and mail to Congregation Beth David, P.O. Box 3299, Narragansett, RI 02882.

Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring.

His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous Grammys.

Over the years Peter has been involved in many important causes — equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, and education. He is the founder and leader of Operation Respect with its “Don’t Laugh At Me” initiative.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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