"It's up to us to pass the music on as he intended," Chapin sang in a verse written for the occasion in his song, "One Voice."
Seeger began hosting "folk picnics" in the 1960s to pay for building a boat that would travel on the
The informal fundraising concerts became the Clearwater Great Hudson Rival Revival in 1978. In recent years it has settled in a park jutting into the river in this community 35 miles north of
Chapin opened the tribute by singing "Midnight Special," a folk song recorded by Seeger and others. Before singing "Rainbow Race," Near urged the audience to remember how Seeger "walked into controversy and made us understand how to do that."
Paxton recalled summoning the nerve to sing his song "Ramblin' Boy" to Seeger in 1963. Two weeks later Seeger performed it with the Weavers at Carnegie Hall, and the song later became the title song to Paxton's first album.
Chapin led the audience in a singalong to "Where Have All the Flowers Gone."
Beyond the collection of folkies, organizer
"My hope is that people who have already been part of the Clearwater community feel a sense of renewal," Lurie said. "I hope people attending for the first time realize we're not just a music festival, we're a music and environmental festival and ... they learn a little bit about the mission."
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