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She is an irreplaceable repository of significant songs . . . direct, humanized music for real-life situations. Larry Kelp, The Tribune, Oakland, CA

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I came away from the auditorium holding back tears from the emotional impact of Peggy’s performance, and with a comforting, warm glow inside, a feeling of serious privilege at being in her company once again. I treasure every moment. Love will linger on…
-David Kidman

 

2002

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2002 were spent on the road in England, Scotland and Ireland. When you've been in the States for any length of time, the proximity of European towns, cities and villages to one another is striking.

You scarcely seem out of one until you are into another. I remember this impressing me when I first came to England. It was one of the things I loved, and still love, the small-ness of those islands. It was a busy tour, taking me from Sussex up to Glasgow, then over to Ireland, from Belfast down to the south coast, visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. I darted over to Germany for three days to sing at a music festival. Bitter cold weather - old friend Peter Schlein and I took a day off to scarper off into France for a coffee and a pastry.

The Irish tour was quite special.
A number of the concerts were in pubs. A pub 'seating' 20 would cram in 80 - 80 of the best, who really knew how to listen and how to follow the non-sequitur programs that I tend to give, racketing from an unaccompanied ballad to a song about 9/11, back to a slow air on the concertina, forward to a musical lecture (subtle or maybe un-subtle) on some gender issue. I love that word 'issues' - it's the new buzz-word for controversy, problems, politics, arguments held either with oneself or with others. North Americans use it a lot. But yes, it was a busy tour and when I arrived back in London, my sons had hired a house in Kentish Town in London and transported their home studios thither. We started recording. Again.

HEADING FOR HOME
will be the title of the new album. We now have 40 traditional songs, recorded and ready to go, enough for three albums, to be put out one by one. Fellside is to put out the first one in England and Appleseed (most likely) ditto in the United States. I haven't recorded traditional songs in I-cannot- remember-how-many years and am enjoying it hugely despite a pesky trapped nerve in my left arm that tends to spring into action the minute I start playing banjo, guitar or autoharp. Have started playing the latter instrument again - I stopped because the airlines will only allow me to check two pieces as cargo baggage (my suitcase and the banjo). So I pack the concertina into the suitcase and carry the guitar and strap a humungous knapsack (computer inside it) on my back. An autoharp would count as extra baggage, subject to extra cost of $50-90, so I started leaving it home. The trapped nerve is now requiring me to put the computer in my suitcase, reducing clothing and other such trivial items to an interesting minimum. Maybe one of these days I will describe a day of touring. It will have to include such delights as being stranded at an airport with all that luggage and not a trolley or porter in sight. Or staying in a hotel room where the stopper in the sink does not work properly, making it impossible to run a basin of water in which to wash smalls. Or finding that your rental car company is miles away from the airport and you must heave everything onto a shuttle bus and off of a shuttle bus. That bus might leave you forty or fifty feet from the door of the rental company and you will have to figure out how to get it over there. ANDDDD it's pissing down with rain. Ahh, the romance of being a travelling singer! Soooo - I stopped carrying the autoharp. I had to be able to handle everything at one go if needs be. But I still carry books on tape in that knapsack and suitcase. I am addicted.

BOOKS ON TAPE - I generally only 'read' them whilst driving or on tour. Asheville public library recently received a $50,000 grant with which to buy new books and their books-on-tape section expanded gloriously. I will listen to anything provided it's not about war, violence or sport and provided it's read by a good reader. Barbara Rosenblat and Davina Porter are favourites. I'll listen to almost anything: mysteries, biographies, romances, memoirs … I have 'read' so many in the last few years that I now must keep a list of them, for here's what sometimes happens: Tape 1 sounds vaguely familiar. Tape 2 sounds very familiar. Tape 3 reminds me that I keep a list on the computer and really ought to look at it. So, out of curiosity only (for I COULD keep listening until, by tape 7, I'd remember everything that's going to happen) I go to my list and see that sure enough I 'read' this book in 1998 or 1999 or so. I counted them up today. Since 1998 I have 'read' 183 books on tape … of course that's not counting the ones that I almost 'read' twice. Why don't I listen to music whilst on tour? Don't know - sometimes I do. Kind of like a busman's holiday. And I'm too hard to please. I get too critical, both of my own and other people's music.

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