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I wasn't prepared for quite how radiant, gracious and gutsy she would appear both in person and as a performer. It was like watching a master class in folk performance to be frank: a truly positive force.  - Karine Polwart

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I was at Cambridge Folk Festival this year, and you were my highlight!  Listening to you talk and sing about the importance of making conscious life decisions and the impact our seemingly isolated, individual decisions have on the rest of the world really resonated with me, as did your quiet approach to advocating for justice.  I was deeply moved, and it was a joy to listen to you.
Thank you so much.
- Leah x

 

CD Reviews - Love Will Linger On

Review of Love Will Linger On
(Appleseed 1039)


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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