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Noel “Paul” Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary fame to perform at Canisius College

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One of the performers from the legendary 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary will be in Buffalo this week. Noel "Paul" Stookey will hold a performance and lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at Canisius College in the Montante Cultural Center. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Stookey about the famous trio, his songwriting and his activism.

Those iconic voices -- of the 1960's -- Peter, Paul and Mary were featured performers.  At the 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr. they were featured performers.  Noel Stookey known as Paul from the trio recalls the songs  played. 

"To join 250,000 like-minded people signing We Shall Overcome -- you know -- or If I Had a Hammer or Blowing in the Wind," noted Stookey. "We were just really privileged and honor to be part of that process."

Stookey said he prefers to use his first name Noel, noting Paul is his middle name.  When the trio was first formed their manager decided he needed to use Paul as part of the group's name -- Peter, Paul and Mary. 

"It tumbled off the tongue -- it was so delicious to say," stated Stookey in a WBFO interview referring to naming the music trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

"It tumbled off the tongue -- it was so delicious to say," stated Stookey in a WBFO interview referring to naming the music trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

Canisius said tickets to Stookey's event $25 in advance. There are a limited number of $50 tickets, also available in advance, which include a private reception with Stookey.