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Home > News > CHAPINFEST 2002


December 14, 2001

The following tribute has been announced. Please see below for contact information regarding this event.



JOIN US FOR THESE FREE EVENTS at The Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City
Saturday 11am "I Wonder What Would Happen To This World"
led by Jen Chapin & Bill Ayres
Music & Social Action - the Role of Music in Social Movements Yesterday and Today. What can a song do and how does it make its impact? Explore the roles of music in social movements from protest to persuasion; from boosting morale to poking fun.
Saturday 1pm "Story of a Life"
led by members of the Chapin Family (and friends)
Chat and ask questions about Harry's life off the road.
Saturday 2:30pm "Short Stories"
led by members of Harry's Band
Hear some of the famous (and infamous!) stories behind the songs and shows.
Saturday 4pm "Strangers With The Melodies"
led by fans who perform his music
Musicians who perform Harry's songs teach the inner workings of his music. Bring your guitar!
Sunday 10am "Sunday Morning Sunshine"
fan jam
Your chance to perform your favorite Chapin song!
Please sign up at The Birchmere or the Hotel on Friday evening to assure your space in these "fun"shops. Participation is free & on a first come, first served basis.
(all times and guests are subject to change ask for an updated schedule at the hotel upon check-in)
throughout Chapinfest, at the Hotel and / or The Birchmere
MERCHANDISE (including the re-issue of "Sequel")
For more information about this great weekend check the WFMA and WHY websites: and or call WHY at 212/629-8850 x 131
A Tribute To Harry Chapin
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30
Tom Chapin & Band
Steve Chapin & Band
Jen Chapin & Band
Tom Paxton (Fri.)
David Buskin (Fri.)
Modern Man
Schooner Fare (Sat.)
The Kennedys
Paper Boys (Sat.)
Side By Side (Sat.)
Bryon Bowers (Sat.)
Berkley Hart (Sat.)
Joe D'Urso (Fri.)
Kitty Donohoe (Sat.)
And Others!

Birchmere Music Hall
3701 Mt Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA
Phone (703) 549-7500
Regular and Reserved seating available
information: (202) 362-2225 or (800) 779-2226
Tickets available on the WFMA Website
or by phone: (703) 237-9500 or (888) 843-0933


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"Oh, if a man tried to take his time on earth and prove before he died what one man's life could be worth, I wonder what would happen to this world?" -- Harry Chapin, 1942-1981.



Harry's Music
Bottom Line Encore Collection
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Dance Band On The Titanic*
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Gold Medal Collection
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Greatest Stories Live*
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Harry Chapin Tribute
Heads & Tales
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Last Protest Singer
Legends Of Lost & Found*
Living Room Suite
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
On The Road To Kingdom Come
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Portrait Gallery
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Short Stories
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Sniper & Other Love Songs
      [Amazon] [iTunes]
Story of a Life
Verities & Balderdash
      [Amazon] [iTunes]

* = Highly Recommended

The Latest Release

Sniper & Other Love Songs


In 1972, Harry released Sniper & Other Love Songs. Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.

Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."

Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out Greatest Stories Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced" feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless, it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!