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The Laughing Lesson event schedule

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Laughing Lesson Book Launch

Please join us for the book launch of the Laughing Lesson Saturday, October 12th at Passim’s Coffee House!


Laughing Lesson Reading in Belmont

Please joins us for the first reading in Peter’s hometown, with Q&A to follow!


Check out what people are saying about the Laughing Lesson:

“Everybody likes to get a glimpse at how ‘the other half’ lives. No matter what your life history is up to this point, this book will give you an entertaining look at a life you’ve never experienced.”

—Dave Palmater, former announcer, Downeast Ceilidh, WUMB radio

“His encouragement and support have introduced many musicians, singers, and bands to wider audiences, and those audiences have benefited from his efforts, knowing that if Peter was involved, the music would be worth listening to.”

—Heather Wood, The Young Tradition, Program Director, Folk Music Society of New York, Inc.

“In The Laughing Lesson, Peter perfectly and often hilariously describes the bifurcated world he occupied, juxtaposing often absurd Brahmin formality with his endless variety of colorful characters in a ragamuffin Cambridge.”

—Brian O’Donovan, A Celtic Sojourn, WGBH radio


About The Author

Author Peter Johnson is a singer, actor, promoter, producer, folklorist, and the founder of Living Folk Records and Concerts. He’s been a fixture in the traditional music scene since the mid-twentieth century folk revival, growing up at Ridgemere, an estate in Newport, RI, but then finding his own way to Cambridge, MA, and a creative life full of the joy of music, story, and theatre. Living Folk introduced traditional artists such as Clannad from Ireland and Silly Wizard from Scotland to New England audiences, thereby helping to launch their US careers. This illustrated memoir shares Peter’s incredible life story for the first time.


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