Peggy Seeger with the Seattle Labor Chorus
Singer, Song-maker and Activist: Peggy Seeger was born into a very notable folk music family: Her mother was the composer and folklorist Ruth Crawford Seeger, her father Charles Louis Seeger, a pioneer of ethnomusicology. Her half-brother is Pete Seeger, and her brother Mike Seeger. Between the ages of 12 & 35, Peggy learned to play piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer and English concertina. In 1959, after a time working as a touring musician, she settled in London with Ewan MacColl. The MacColl/Seeger duo were at the forefront of the British folksong revival for the ensuing three decades. The MacColl-Seeger work was seminal - its high point was the development of the revolutionary Radio Ballad form, a tapestry of field recordings of speech and sound effects melded with new songs in the folk idiom and complementary instrumental accompaniments.
Peggy has made 22 solo discs and has taken part in more than 100 recordings with other performers. She is considered to be among North America's finest female folksingers and took a leading role in the British folk music revival, not only as a singer and instrumentalist but also as a theorist and songwriter. In the mid-1970s, she began to concentrate on feminist and ecological issues. Her best-known songs are "The Ballad of Springhill" and "Im Gonna Be An Engineer", and she got a bit of notice last fall for You Tube performances of "Obama is the One for Me." After living back in the US since 1994, Peggy plans to relocate again to England in 2010. Dont miss this chance to hear an inspiring songmaker, singer of traditional songs, and outstanding multi-instrumentalist.
There will be a short opening set by the Seattle Labor Chorus.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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