Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

American folk singer (1919-2014)
Perhaps the most important figure in American folk music, as well as a vocal advocate for civil rights, peace, and equality.
BornMay 3, 1919
HometownNew York City, U.S.
Net worth$5 million
Height6'3" (1.91m)
SpouseToshi Seeger (m 1943 - 2013)
ChildrenMika Seeger
ParentsCharles Seeger , Constance de Clyver Edson
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Peggy Seeger, Cecil Sharp House, review: a masterclass from a folk veteran

  • Peggy Seeger is steeped in the folk tradition. Over a 65-year career, she has released over 70 albums, over half of which were recorded with her late husband, the singer Ewan MacColl. Her father was renowned folklorist Charles Seeger and her mother was composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, her brother was Mike Seeger and her half-brother was If I Had A Hammer icon Pete Seeger. And MacColl’s daughter from a previous marriage was the singer Kirsty MacColl, who died in 2000. So I slightly feared that this concert by Seeger, now 85, in the home of English folk – the imposing Cecil Sharp House in Camden – would be one for the purists: rather serious and slightly austere. But it was nothing of the sort. Seeger, who was born in New York but has largely lived in the UK since the 1950s, imparted her wise and optimistic worldview with joy and a wonderful lightness of touch. This was a masterclass in storytelling through music, as though delivered by a favourite aunt. She was joined on stage in the venue’s wood-panelled Kennedy Hall by her son Calum MacColl, an accomplished musician in his own right. “I’m very glad to half-see you all,” Seeger joked as she looked out at the mask-wearers in the socially-distanced and seated crowd. “One good thing about lockdown is we’ve learnt to smile with our eyes,” she added. The music was packed with life lessons. One of the themes of the evening was ageing and anonymity. ‘The Invisible Woman’ was about how society marginalises its older members, while ‘Nobody Knew She Was There’ was a haunting song penned by her husband about his mother’s night job washing endless floors in an office block. Seeger has said that she “revels” in songs, “tasting their words as I sing”. But she has long been a student of folk’s form and context. During the folk revival of the 1960s, Seeger and MacColl set up The Critics Group, a sort of study circle that educated its members about the genre’s disciplines and history. The goal was to preserve truth and respect tradition. And yet, while Seeger clearly does that, there was a refreshing sense of “dogma be damned” about this show as well.

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MOVIES & TV SHOWS

The Legends of Folk: Isn't This a Time!
The Legends of Folk: Isn't This a Time!
2017
Rooted in Peace
Rooted in Peace
1h 28min
2016
Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center
Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center
2016
Dear Governor Cuomo
Dear Governor Cuomo
1h 15min
2012
Give Me the Banjo
Give Me the Banjo
2011
John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)
John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)
2010
Worlds of Sound: The Ballad of Folkways
Worlds of Sound: The Ballad of Folkways
0h 52min
2009
Bob Dylan, No Direction Home
Bob Dylan, No Direction Home
2006

Albums

Bottom Line Archive: In Their Own Words with Vin Scelsa
Bottom Line Archive: In Their Own Words with Vin Scelsa
2019
American Folk Revival Legends, Vol. 1
American Folk Revival Legends, Vol. 1
2019
Smithsonian Folkways Collection
Smithsonian Folkways Collection
2019
Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, Evanston, Chicago 1956
Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, Evanston, Chicago 1956
2016
Gentle on My Mind 1970
Gentle on My Mind 1970
2016
Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words
Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words
2015
America's Political Storyteller, Vol. 1
America's Political Storyteller, Vol. 1
2014
Song and a Stone
Song and a Stone
2014
Sing Out America!: The Best of Pete Seeger
Sing Out America!: The Best of Pete Seeger
2014
Pete Seeger Story
Pete Seeger Story
2014
Definitive Pete Seeger: If I Had a Hammer
Definitive Pete Seeger: If I Had a Hammer
2013
More Perfect Union
More Perfect Union
2012
Pete Remembers Woody
Pete Remembers Woody
2012
Classic Album Collection: American Ballads/American Favorite Ballads 1-4
Classic Album Collection: American Ballads/American Favorite Ballads 1-4
2012
Live at the Mandel Hall 1957
Live at the Mandel Hall 1957
2012
Four Classic Albums
Four Classic Albums
2012
Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960
Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960
2011
Tomorrow's Children
Tomorrow's Children
2010
God's Counting On Me, God's Counting On You
God's Counting On Me, God's Counting On You
2010

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