Tom Chapin takes a moment before his concerts to celebrate the life and advocacy of his brother, Harry. “When in Doubt, Do Something” chronicles Harry Chapin’s years working to eradicate world hunger. The world knows Harry Chapin for his historical contributions to American music, but fewer people are aware of the profound social impacts made by his actions. Prior to his untimely death, Chapin reevaluated his priorities, playing mostly benefit shows and co-founded the organization WhyHunger which inspired hunger relief efforts such as LiveAid and Hands Across America.
Please note: The Tropic Cinema is temporarily closed. Please screen the film at home and join us in the courtyard for a meet-and-greet with Tom Chapin.
The New York Times calls Hudson Valley troubadour Tom Chapin “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music.” In a career that spans six decades, 26 albums & three Grammy awards, the multi-talented singer-songwriter-guitarist has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist & concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in TV, radio & film. As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two long & productive parallel careers, as a respected contemporary folk artist & as a pioneer in the field of children’s music. In both roles, Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft & charismatic live performances. His witty, life-affirming original songs convey positive messages about family, good food & the green earth. Tom accompanies himself on guitar, banjo & autoharp. “I have been singing songs of hope, possibility, love & family these days, which feel immensely important at this particularly dark and divided moment in our history,” Chapin says. In addition to his musical & media endeavors, Chapin is a powerful advocate on behalf of a number of charitable organizations. He is a board member of WhyHunger, the organization which his older brother, the late singer-songwriter/activist Harry Chapin, founded in the 1970s. He also remains active in a variety of environmental causes, as well as efforts on behalf of music & the arts in our public schools.