Famous folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary star Peter Yarrow has been removed from a lineup of talented acts set to perform at a music festival in coming months after a series of complaints were made about his 1970 conviction.
The 81-year-old was due to perform at the Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival in New York City in September alongside his fellow bandmates, only to be informed this week that he was no longer allowed to attend.
The trio first formed in 1961 and in the years following produced a string of hit songs including ‘Jet Plane’, ‘If I had a Hammer’ and ‘Day is Done’.
However in 1970, Yarrow was sentenced to three months behind bars for taking “indecent liberties” with a young girl, after an incident the year prior in which he answered the door naked to two teenage sisters aged 14 and 17, Page Six reports.
They had reportedly made their way up to his Washington hotel room in hopes of getting an autograph from the talented singer when they saw him completely nude.
Despite the conviction being pardoned by former president Jimmy Carter in 1981, the festival has claimed it does not wish for the star to make an appearance.
The announcement was made in a post on social media this week with the festival explaining some community members had expressed their concern over Yarrow being involved.
“Please note that there will be a change to the Colorscape Main Stage lineup this year,” they wrote on Facebook.
“Folk music legend Peter Yarrow will not be joining us. When booking this artist we were not aware of news stories about an incident involving Yarrow in 1970.
“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.
They added: “We look forward to announcing a new performer to complete our Main Stage lineup, so please stay tuned.”
The decision has outraged some fans who claimed the festival should not take into account such an old conviction which was later pardoned.
“This is an absurd decision,” one person commented on Facebook. “His contributions to society far outweighed a 49-year-old indiscretion.”
Another wrote: “An unfortunate and poor decision based on youthful indiscretions. Norwich will be missing out on a treasured artist.”
The festival later responded to one disappointed fan claiming: “For some in the community, the nature of the incident was especially problematic.”
According to Page Six a representative for the singer said Yarrow accepts the festival’s decision not to have him perform.
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