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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Airs Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. on WTVP 47.1


— The Superstars of Folk Music Performing Their Best-Loved Songs —

Cafe Wha? in New York City's Greenwhich Village (1960s)

Hosted by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary, LEGENDS OF FOLK: THE VILLAGE SCENE celebrates the folk era in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. The epicenter of the folk, folk rock and singer songwriter movements, the Village, with its cafes and coffee houses, shaped one of the most important periods in American music.

LEGENDS OF FOLK: THE VILLAGE SCENE features rare and stunning performances by Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Mamas and the Papas, Don McLean, Neil Diamond, and others singing their best loved songs and more.

Directed and produced by four-time Emmy Award winner Jim Brown, LEGENDS OF FOLK: THE VILLAGE SCENE airs Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. on WTVP 47.1. The program will encore Saturday, August 13 at 10:30 p.m.

Capturing not only the magic of the music but its inextricable link to the downtown New York Village locale, LEGENDS OF FOLK: THE VILLAGE SCENE features newly filmed interviews with Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Michelle Phillips, Don McLean, John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur and John Cohen.

Featured artists and songs in LEGENDS OF FOLK include

  • “Blowin’ in the Wind” – Bob Dylan
  • “The Sound of Silence” – Simon & Garfunkel
  • “If I Had a Hammer” – Peter, Paul & Mary
  • “It Ain’t Me Babe” – Joan Baez
  • “Leaving on a Jet Plane” – John Denver
  • “Do You Believe in Magic” – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • “Handsome Johnny” – Richie Havens
  • “My Father” – Judy Collins
  • “Solitary Man” – Neil Diamond
  • “Castles in the Air” – Don McLean
  • “The Last Thing on My Mind” – Tom Paxton
  • “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” – Phil Ochs
  • “California Dreamin’” – The Mamas and the Papas
  • “I Ain’t Gonna Marry” – Jim Kweskin Jug Band
  • “Liza Jane” – The New Lost City Ramblers
  • “You’ve Got to Walk That Lonesome Valley” – Mississippi John Hurt
  • “If I Were a Carpenter” – Tim Hardin

LEGENDS OF FOLK: THE VILLAGE SCENE is produced and directed by Jim Brown, who created some of the most popular and critically acclaimed programs on American music in the last three decades, including Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, Peter Paul & Mary: Carry It On, The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time!, A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, We Shall Overcome and the series, American Roots Music.






For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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