PEGGY SEEGER


December 5, 1998


PEGGY SEEGER


"I always close my eyes when I sing ballads
because I see the action happen from left to right.
People come in alive on the left and they go out dead on the right . . ."


This was a wonderful evening with a gifted, involved and passionate performer!

Peggy treated us to a delightful collection of traditional folk songs, blended smoothly with old and new ballads and ditties. We sang along to our heart's content ... and left the concert well contented.

For many years, Peggy Seeger lived in England with her husband Ewan MacColl. They were vital to the British folksong revival, singing and lecturing for 35 years on the role of folksong in today's world. Together with BBC producer Charles Parker they developed a new "radio-ballad" folk form, ran a folk music club (The Singers Club), formed their own record company and produced yearly political satire theatre shows.

She collaborated with Ewan MacColl, Alan Lomax and Edith Fowke on books of folk songs called The New City Songster whose net contents over the years of its publication totaled over 500 songs. She has made 17 solo LPs and has worked with other performers on at least 100 recordings. After Ewan MacColl's death in 1989, she toured for four years in a duo (No Spring Chickens) with long-time friend Irene Scott, an Irish traditional singer.

In 1994 she returned to the United States where, after touring for several years in a motorhome, she settled down in Ashville, North Carolina. Her latest album, Period Pieces: Songs From The Women's Movement For Men And Women is a composite of old and new work. It concerns itself with subjects of ongoing importance such as equality of pay for women, birth control and matrimonial issues viewed from the woman's standpoint.

Link to: Peggy Seeger's web site