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Undervalued as a songwriter - especially in the shadow of MacColl, Heading for Home is but one of scores of valuable songs that Seeger has written, many grafted onto or from the living tradition. Her themes are love and betrayal, human solitude and need for affection, as well as the broad sweeps of socialist, feminist values and ideas. I looked across the amber light of the stone, timber and whitewash Market House, heard the incessant, sleety rain on the roof and witnessed an audience enthralled, left to sing on their own and all heading for home with thoughts and emotions drawn from deep, deep wells. Great gig, Peggy! - Francis Devine, Irish Times

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The collaboration of a septuagenarian American folk music legend and a British experimental dance music producer may be highly improbable, but folk grande dame Peggy Seeger and Broadcaster have pulled off a genre-defying album full of hypnotic and hook-laden delights.
- Anon

 

CD Reviews - Love Will Linger On

Review of Love Will Linger On
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This ranks as the most beautiful work created by Peggy Seeger. Few artists can claim as long and varied recording career as Seeger. From her start as a singer of traditional songs, to her partnership with Ewan MacColl singing mostly topical songs, returning to her solo career of political/topical songs, to this gem of songs of the heart.

It consists of a baker's-dozen love songs from various perspectives and sources. This CD is really a joint project between Seeger, her son Calum MacColl (who produced the CD) and Irene Scott. In fact, Scott contributes a particularly stunning vocal on the Ian Davison lyrics set to a traditional melody "My Joy of You".

Seeger's voice has never sounded better and it is a pleasure to hear this gentle departure from her more political material. (Strangely, this recording was released almost simultaneously with a CD of entirely topical songs. Seeger is one prolific artist.) There's not a disappointing song or performance on Love Will Linger On.

From the opening "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", written by Ewan MacColl for Seeger, the songs flow in a beautiful stream of lyric and melody. Following "First Time" comes "Autumn Wedding," a wise and moving song Seeger wrote for her brother's wedding. Then there's the traditional "Down by the Flowing River."

She sings a capella Chris Culbert's "Mysterious Lover" showing the resilience and loveliness of her voice. Seeger contributes six of her own compositions that prove she is very much in love and more than able to communicate the intensity in words and melody.

For comic relief she includes Lou and Peter Berryman's "The Dog of Time." As a hidden track at the end, she reprises the title song in a slightly different arrangement, a more ethereal version. MacColl's accompaniments are so perfect and delightful - they demonstrate not only his talent but also his exceptional empathy for the material and his mother.

If you're not currently in love, this CD will fill the voice and provide hope; if you are currently involved you must share this recording with your partner. If you're about to propose, this says it better than any diamond.

Rich Warren, Sing Out, Summer 2001

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