Peggy Quotes

For me, the Peggy Seeger concert was a trip to the past -- so many coffee houses, hootenannies, and sing-alongs in the '50's and '60's, so much outrage, so much hope, so many dreams. It was a reminder of our heritage of ballads and story songs -- of our country and its roots in the Old World. - Lucy V. Parker

Peggy Quotes 2

I am writing to thank you for making your wonderful music, doing your wonderful activism, and for letting the two commingle as you have. I am a young woman and a feminist. Your music has shaped my life and guided me through disappointment, disenfranchisement, and cynicism.
- Loren Grace

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Way back in 1958 I wrote a song called The Ballad of Springhill. I sent it on an airletter to the main person in the drama, Caleb Rushton, You can find that airletter now in the Miners Museum in Springhill, Nova Scotia and the song is known all over Canada and, indeed, way beyond. Some people think it's a folksong, the greatest compliment a songwriter could have, in my opinion. In my songbook, The Peggy Seeger Songbook, Forty Years of Songmaking, I give the full story of meeting Caleb Rushton and his wife Pat back in the late 1990s. But the drift here is that October 2008 was the fiftieth anniversary of what Springhillers call 'The Bump' and they invited me up to sing at their commemoration. Of course I'll go! I fly into Halifax on October 22 and begin a four-day stay never to be forgotten. I was billeted with Margie Kempt, whose husband had been brought alive out of the mine, and was squired around by her son Bill. Margie is about 10 years older than I and we got on like a house on fire.

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