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Seeger's greatest asset is her uncanny ability to dissolve the gap between artist and audience. She belongs to a long line of musicians who sunder the meat from the bone effortlessly, rendering the unpalatable visible. Listening and watching her trawl through past and present, it was easy to see where Ani di Franco, Utah Philips and Bruce Springsteen drew from the well. - Siobhan Long, Irish Times

Peggy Quotes 2

First off, Seeger's a daunting multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, autoharp, banjo, piano, concertina, and of course singing. However, she doesn't just play, she demonstrates a fluency surprising even for an overachiever on the banjo, and her vocals can be either bird-on-a-wire delicate or gusty, ringing with authority and surprising projection.
- Mark S. Tucker

 

CD Reviews - Almost Commercially Viable

"There is a lovely story of how the intriguing name for this duo (No Spring Chickens) and the album (Almost Commercially Viable) came about, told on the CD cover. You can also read the words to the songs, which is handy (although they can all be heard clearly). Most of the songs have been written by Peggy in the 80s and 90s, the rest being by her partner of many years, Ewan MacColl, who died in 1989, and others. Peggy shows herself to be a very accomplished song writer, at home in many styles - contemporary folk, jazz, jokey and serious. She has the fun of Tom Paxton combined with the social awareness of Roy Bailey and has produced a very varied CD.

"Both Peggy and Irene's voices are really fresh, despite their combined ages of over a century. Peggy sounds clear and sharp in the hard-hitting song 'Guilty' and seductive in the jazzy 'Sweet Heroine'. Irene has a soft voice, high and light, which complements Peggy's voice well. She sings some songs solo and some with Peggy.

"I would like to especially praise the accompaniments which are carefully chosen to go with the mood of the songs, and often understated. They are expertly written and performed. The balance of sound on the recording is perfect. Such quality in many areas combines to make a CD that, with an open mind and a catholic taste in music, you are bound to enjoy - as I did."

Andy Malkin, Stirrings, No. 97, September-November 1998

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