Sunday, June 28, 2015


A Concert to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series

40th Anniversary ConcertTom Paxton

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Boulevard, Chatham (Note that in order to accommodate a larger audience, the concert will be held at the site of the Sanctuary Concerts Series and not at The Minstrel's usual location.)
TICKETS: $30.00 per person. 
The concert is already sold out, but a waiting list is available on the Folk Project website:
For further information, visit the website or call 973-335-9489. 

Tom Paxton, folk icon, iconoclast and legendary singer-songwriter, will present a concert celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series.

Tom Paxton came to Greenwich Village in the early 60s, joining Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez and a host of other singer-songwriters caught up in the Folk Revival.  Meanwhile, young people growing up in the Morris County area picked up guitars, started singing together and, in 1975, 20 young hippies began a weekly series of folk concerts in the basement of a French Restaurant in Chester, NJ. Since those days, the venue has changed both location and name several times but on July 25, The Folk Project (now some 600 members strong) celebrates an unbroken run of exactly 40 years of producing quality acoustic music concerts almost every Friday evening—The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series. 

The music of Tom Paxton has been part of the music celebrated by The Minstrel throughout these past 40 years.  Holly Near said, “Every folk singer I know has either sung a Tom Paxton song, is singing a Tom Paxton song, or will soon sing a Tom Paxton song.  Now either all the folk singers are wrong, or Tom Paxton is one hell of a songwriter.”

Tom has recorded over 62 albums. His latest, Redemption Road, was released this past March. He has announced a two-month concert tour with Janis Ian, and then, at age 77, plans to retire from the road.  On March 14, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Tom received a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. He was also nominated for Grammys in 2007 for Comedians and Angels, in 2006 for Live in the U.K., in 2003 for Looking for the Moon and in 2002 for the children's album Your Shoes, My Shoes. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC in London.

During this 40th anniversary year, Morris Arts ( presented The Folk Project with its 2015 Outstanding Arts Organization award, and Morristown Mayor Timothy P. Dougherty proclaimed April 2015 to be The Folk Project Month in Morristown.  

The Minstrel and The Folk Project wish to thank the Sanctuary Concerts Series for their support and assistance in producing and promoting this concert.

The Folk Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship and performance skills in the northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.

The Folk Project: or 973-335-9489