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Celebrate the songs of a folk legend

by on September 20, 2012

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other. The eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/songwriter and philosopher Woody Guthrie, he practically lived in the most famous venues of the “Folk Boom” era. This year marks what would have been Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday and The Fredericton Playhouse is getting ready to celebrate with a special performance by Guthrie’s eldest son Arlo on September 29.

Over the decades, Woody Guthrie’s songs have become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world. “Pretty Boy Floyd”, “Pastures of Plenty”, “Hard Travelin’”, “Deportees”, “Roll On Columbia”, “Vigilante Man” and “This Land Is Your Land” are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music A success in his own right, Arlo has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia winning a wide and popular following as a musician and natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances.

Arlo’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of “Alice’s Restaurant”, whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival and helped foster a new commitment among the ’60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of “Alice’s Restaurant”, directed by Arthur Penn.

With songs like “Coming into Los Angeles”, banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival); and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans”, Arlo was no one-hit-wonder. An artist of international stature, he has never had a “hit” in the usual sense and has preferred to walk to his own beat rather than march in step to the drum of popular culture.

Arlo’s other wide-ranging activities have included acting roles on the ABC series Byrds of Paradise and on the USA network series Renegade. He has written and published The Rolling Blunder Review, a popular newsletter, since 1986, and is the author of an award-winning children’s book Mooses Come Walking, illustrated by Alice May Brock.

Tickets for Arlo Guthrie are available at The Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

Visit artist website: www.arlo.net

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