Folk singer Peter Yarrow was booted from an upstate New York music festival over his 1970 conviction for taking “indecent liberties” with a 14-year-old girl.
Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival organizers said online outrage contributed to their decision to disinvite the founding member of legendary ’60s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary.
“When booking this artist we were not aware of news stories about an incident involving Yarrow in 1970,” Colorscape’s board president Melissa DeCordova told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin this week.
“Some members of our community expressed concern, and after further investigation and careful consideration, the decision was made to remove Yarrow from the music schedule.”
Yarrow, 81, had been scheduled to appear at the two-day festival in Norwich Sept. 8 along with a performance painter. A replacement hasn’t yet been announced.
In 1970, Yarrow was sentenced to three months in jail over a 1969 incident in which the 14-year-old and her 17-year-old sister went to his Washington hotel room for an autograph and he answered the door naked.
Former President Jimmy Carter pardoned Yarrow in 1981, the day before he left office.
A representative for the folk singer says the singer accepts the festival’s decision.
In 2014, several La Guardia HS for the Performing Arts students and parents protested when the “Fame” school, the singer’s alma mater, planned to add him to its Hall of Fame.
With Post wires
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