As a member of the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Yarrow co-wrote such hits as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Many of the group’s songs centered around the social issues and concerns of the 1960s, including war, homelessness, the environment and apartheid.
Yarrow, 73, has long dedicated himself to variety of social causes. In 2000, he founded Operation Respect, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting civility and conflict resolution in U.S. schools.
A frequent visitor to Connecticut, Yarrow performed at a concert benefit for Friends of Autistic People in Greenwich and at Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum and Planetarium, last year.
Launched in the fall of 2011, Voices Cafe aims to support “social justice, community, stewardship and spiritual nourishment,” according to Tom Hearne, a member of the Voices Cafe committee.