Noel Paul stookey
Singer, songwriter, and activist Noel Paul Stookey rose to prominence as the "Paul" in Peter, Paul & Mary, and has continued to spread his gospel of melding the spiritual to the practical in 45 albums over his illustrious career, including his most recent, One and Many, which ranges from romantic ballads to politically charged portraits to intimate meditations. The vocals, says folk critic Scott Alarik, "are strong and sweet, confidential even at peak emotion, as if singing only for you. He's never gotten enough credit for his elegant guitar, but that's largely because his arrangements aren't designed to impress, but to lead us inside the song." Daily Variety chimes in with more praise: "The warm, clowning humor and humanistic sensitivity which characterized the efforts of Paul Stookey in Peter, Paul & Mary remain in joyful abundance in his solo career as Noel Paul Stookey."