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Tom Chapin Live in Concert - Livestreaming Options Too!
Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse
Phoenix, AZ
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Thank you for helping us celebrate 36 years of music and community, and our absolutely wonderful Grand Re-opening Anniversary Weekend! We look forward to many more years of presenting music and your support makes that possible.


Tom Chapin Live in Concert - Livestreaming Options Too!
Our 36th Anniversary will begin with a Grand Reopening Weekend, culminating with the amazing TOM CHAPIN live in the large Meeting Room at Fiddler's Dream. To help keep everyone safe, seating is limited to 70 attendees, and N95 or better masks must be worn while inside the concert area. Fidd's will have a selection of hot coffee, water, and soda available at no cost to concertgoers, to be enjoyed outside. Tom's concert will be approximately ninety minutes, with no intermission. Tom's CDs and books will be available for purchase before and after the concert, and Tom will be available for signing those after the concert.

With limited seating, we encourage you to get your friends together and get  your tickets now! Your patronage supports the artist, and supports Fiddler's Dream as we re-open after almost three years!

In a career that spans six decades, 27 albums, thousands of concerts, and three GRAMMY awards, Hudson Valley Troubadour Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. As a music-maker, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. In both roles, Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live performances. He continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. In either format, Chapin's infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through, whether he's performing on record or in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse.

The New York Times called Chapin "one of the great personalities in contemporary folk
music," while Billboard called him "the best family artist around" and described him as "totally captivating."

The son of noted jazz drummer and teacher Jim Chapin and the grandson of author/critic
Kenneth Burke and portrait painter James Chapin, Tom grew up in a family that encouraged artistic pursuits. He began performing professionally as a teenager in the early 1960s, playing in Greenwich Village folk clubs alongside his siblings Harry and Steve as The Chapin Brothers. In 1971, he began a five-year run as the host of the Emmy- and Peabody award-winning ABC-TV children's series, Make A Wish. Chapin and his songs were also featured in the seminal 1970 documentary film Blue Water, White Death, for which he spent six months sailing the Indian Ocean searching for great white sharks.

Chapin launched his solo recording career with 1976's Life Is Like That. It was the first of a string of albums that further established his reputation as both a gifted storyteller and a natural entertainer, winning him an uncommonly loyal fan base in the process. He also continued to venture into other creative areas, playing the lead role in the hit Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, working off-Broadway as musical director of both Cotton Patch Gospel and Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends, and serving as host of TV's National Geographic Explorer. He's also written and performed satirical topical songs for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and had a cameo role as the Vice Presidential candidate in Jonathan Demme's 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

During COVID quarantine, Tom and his daughters, The Chapin Sisters, started a daily online morning show for families shut inside their houses around the world. What started as a way of keeping busy and to keep his grandchildren and kids like them engaged, became a run of 200 shows ending in the summer of 2021, creating a community of fans and friends who watched Mornings with Papa Tom and the Chapin Sisters every day, for a daily gift of 30 minutes of musical family fun. inviting all in lockdown around America and beyond to sing along. Paul Zollo, American Songwriter

Through it all, Tom never stopped writing smart, thoughtful, funny and beautiful songs for the folk audience as well, and Hold Our Ground is his 14th album in the genre. Created with the help and talents of old friends like longtime band mates Jon Cobert and Michael Mark, his harmonizing daughters Lily and Abigail, and co-writers Si Kahn, John Forster, John McCutcheon, and Scott Ainslie. At 77, Tom Chapin is at the top of his game...an album that is warm, wise, whimsical, and anthemic -- and very right for our times. John Platt, host of Sunday Supper on WFUV-FM, Bronx, NY --- "Hold Our Ground is a celebration of community and the human spirit. A testament to Tom Chapin's masterful ability to hold a mirror to the world we are living in and deliver songs that give us hope, inspiration and a reason to smile."
Ron Olesko, host of Traditions, on WFDU-FM, Teaneck, NJ and Folk Music

Now the beloved Singer/Songwriter/Activist Tom Chapin is back with a new album, Hold Our Ground. This collection of fifteen strong tracks showcases the musicality, breadth and quality of this master storyteller. "A joyous celebration of friendship, family, and songs that matter. Expertly played and beautifully arranged and recorded." - Matt Watroba, host of Folk With Matt Watroba on WKAR, East Lansing, MI

Forever an optimist, Tom addresses the events of the day with almost contagious hope on songs such as Hold Our Ground Forever, Broadside and Woody Guthrie's Dream. He also brings in the more personal with odes to his newborn grandchildren (Oliver Beau and Arthur Moon) and contemplative musings on his own mortality (They Killed My Street and The Last Music Company). He revisits two songs from his early Greenwich Village days (Miracle in the Rain and Winter Star) when he and his brothers, Harry and Steve, were known as the first folk music ensemble to show up at gigs with a full drum kit when their dad, legendary jazz drummer Jim Chapin, sat in with them.

Multi-instrumentalist Tom is respected by his peers as a player with impeccable chops. His guitar playing draws inspiration from various folk-fingerstyles, most notably iconic Ragtime street performer Reverend Gary Davis, who Tom met in high school when he sat in on a lesson Davis taught Tom's classmate Stefan Grossman.

Several songs feature Tom's orchestral touch on the autoharp (Common Ground, Roll On Your Way and Hold Our Ground Forever), along with a fun lampoon of the instrument and its devotees, written and performed with John McCutcheon (Autoharpoholic). Chapin's clawhammer banjo playing is informed by (who else?) lifelong mentor/friend Pete Seeger. On this recording, it is a perfect complement on many tracks to the integrated band sound, while being featured on Walnut Valley Moon and The Last Music Company.

Looking forward to seeing you again as we showcase the always wonderful Tom Chapin.


Fiddler's Dream Coffeehouse (View)
1702 E. Glendale Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020
United States

Timezone: America/Phoenix
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Online / Streaming / Virtual
Arts > Performance
Music > Americana
Music > Folk
Music > Indie
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Social > Adult

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Streaming Access: Fiddler's Dream is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Tom Chapin Live Stream Time: Feb 4, 2023 07:00 PM Arizona Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85839944991?pwd=WWozbkprUHNCcFpaOFZKUlJoZFdNdz09 Meeting ID: 858 3994 4991 Passcode: 834907

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