PEGGY HAS WON THE Women In Music Award for INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST
Peggy Seeger recently received the award for "Inspirational Artist". She was presented with her award by the legendary Billy Bragg who praised Peggy's long history as a musician, feminist and left wing campaigner. Other warm tributes came from influential radio presenters Mark Radcliffe, Bob Harris and Mike Harding, singers Rufus Wainwright and Martin Carthy, human rights campaigner and lawyer Dame Helena Kennedy, miner's leader Arthur
Scargill, as well as grandsons Jamie MacColl (Bombay Bicycle Club) and Fraser MacColl (Jungle) and Peggy's sons Neill and Calum MacColl.
Many thanks to Award sponsors Music Week, Association of Independent Music (AIM) and BPI.
"Her singing is as highly charged as ever and her writing as pointed and witty."
English Dance & Song Winter 2014
"...a quietly compelling album of songs that took a lifetime to be able to write and sing. A most eloquent and rich album."
"This album is a revelation. Throughout her lengthy career, Peggy Seeger has proved that she is a thoughtful songwriter with an easygoing voice that offsets her often angry lyrics, but here she explores new, pained and personal territory, and does so with delicacy and soul. Listening to her relaxed, often acrobatic vocals, it's hard to believe she's 79." Robin Denselow, The Guardian (UK)
"In every way, shape and form,
this is a remarkable album. It's an album which makes some stern demands
on you. But that's nothing to the demands it makes on Seeger herself.
The fact that she meets them all with such relish, confidence and
conviction make it very special."
Colin Irwin, fRoots
"Peggy Seeger is a
monumental figure in folk and modern music but this proves that she is
still vibrant and relevant. This is definitely Peggy Seeger at her
best." Music-News.com 4 stars
ANNOUNCING PEGGY SEEGER'S UK TOUR
June 3 Shoreham
June 4 Harpenden
June 5 Bromsgrove
June 6 London
June 10 Milton Keynes
June 11 Bury St Edmunds
June 12 Kendal
June 13 Liverpool
June 18 Manchester
June 19 Sheffield
June 20 York
June 21 Gateshead
June 26 Stirling
June 27 Glasgow
June 28 Aberdeen
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Legacies of Ewan MacColl Last Interview
It's very expensive in hardback (Â£65) but well worth it if you are a
serious student of what my family calls The Auld Fella. The book will be
appearing in 2015 in paperback at around Â£18. It is a very easy read
and in Peggy's opinion is, other than JOURNEYMAN, the best
representation of Ewan MacColl yet.
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Pete Seeger 1919-2014
My beloved brother Pete died on January 27, 2014. He leaves a prodigious body of work for us to enjoy, a legacy the enormity of which will continue to grow. As for me, I have lost the last person who has known me from birth and who has always been there for me. I cannot express how heavy losing Pete lies with me. My thanks to all for your kind and thoughtful condolences. Peggy
Peggy Seeger - Folk Singer, Songmaker, Activist
Born in 1935, Peggy's family connections are well-known in folk and classical music circles. She is Pete Seeger's half-sister, Ruth Crawford
Seeger's daughter; partner to Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her and
to whom she bore three children. Her best-known compositions are Gonna Be an
Engineer and The Ballad of Springhill (the latter rapidly becoming regarded
as a traditional song).
The MacColl-Seeger work was prodigious in its scope. From 1959 onward, they encouraged and set standards for the burgeoning UK folk revival; they trolled the USA & UK field recordings and anthologies for little-known traditional songs; they trained other singers and involved them in political-musical documentary theatre; they instigated the revolutionary Radio Ballad form. Their work was halted by Ewan's death in 1989.
Peggy has made 22 solo recordings and taken part in more than 100 more with other performers. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, she is considered to be one of North America's finest female folksingers.
".... It was great to see you live, for
the wonderful range of music, but also for the pleasure of seeing a
woman who is so clearly at ease in her own skin. You were funny, smart,
feisty, warm and wise, and managed to be very assertive without getting
anyone offside, and very intelligent without making anyone feel stupid."
- Siobhan McHugh, Sidney, Australia
EWAN MACCOLL'S JOURNEYMAN Autobiography
This new edition of Journeyman, Ewan MacColl's vivid and
entertaining autobiography, has been re-edited from the original
manuscript, and includes a new introduction by Peggy Seeger, his
partner for the last thirty years of his life. It was for Peggy that
he wrote the unforgettable First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.
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THE ESSENTIAL EWAN MACCOLL SONGBOOK, sixty years of songmaking
The Ewan MacColl Songbook has been reissued. Sixty years of songmaking, 200 of his best songs, with extensive introductory material written by its compiler and annotator, Peggy Seeger.
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