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Music of Carole King & Joni Mitchell

Sunday April 12th
Arlington Town Hall

Carole King PhotoFamily Folk Chorale presents an afternoon of participatory song, celebrating the music of Carole King and Joni Mitchell.

Family Folk Chorale, under the direction of Chris Eastburn, will celebrate the music of two universally renowned female songwriters Carole King and Joni Mitchell, performing popular favorites and lesser known gems. Eastburn says, “Both are widely regarded as two of the most influential songwriters of the last five decades whose music has inspired generations of music lovers.”

From solos and parent-child duets to whole ensemble and audience participation songs, the program offers variety and fun for all ages. The whole chorus joins in for King’s bluesy, powerful “Hi-De-Ho” and the well-known “You’ve Got a Friend”  and Mitchell’s philosophical, poetic takes on life and love shine as young and old sing the poignant verses of “The Circle Game” and “Both Sides Now.” 

The men ham it up in “Big Yellow Taxi,” then join the women for a rocking version of “I Feel the Earth Move.” Speaking of rock, the teens of today take on Mitchell’s classic ode to the rockers of yesteryear, “Woodstock.” Joni Mitchell PhotoThe kids present their own sweet renditions of King's  “Alligators All Around” from the musical “Really Rosie,” and her song “Beautiful.” King’s “Wasn’t Born to Follow” gets a traditional folk treatment by a small group, and “Child of Mine” couldn’t get more touching as a parent sings to his child.  

The concert will also feature Molly Pinto Madigan’s “Star Spangled,” one of two songs which tied for first place in the Family Folk Chorale’s 2015 song-writing contest. “Small Craft,” the second song by co-winner David Keevil, will be presented as part of the Fall concert.

Molly Pinto Madigan is a singer/songwriter from Peabody, MA, whose original songs echo with the whisperings of American and European traditional music. She won first place in WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival Songwriting contest. We are especially pleased that she will sing “Star Spangled “ with the women of the Chorale. As a youth, Molly was a member of the Family Folk Chorale from 2003 to 2009 until she entered Salem State University.

Featuring singers ranging in age from 3 to 80 and backed by a stellar band featuring Gary Backstrom and Paul Hatem on guitar, Jonah Backstrom on drums and Justin Kleya on bass, the concert is an invitation to stomp your feet, clap your hands, and raise your voice. Bring the whole family. Come sing along as we celebrate the music of these inspiring singer-songwriters.

Ticket info:
$12 general admission
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No refunds or exchanges. Tickets ordered at least 10 days in advance will be mailed. After that, please pick up your tickets at the Will Call table. The box office opens one hour before the show.

Snacks will be available for sale at intermission.

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