Peggy Seeger-1st Farewell tour
Saturday, May 23
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Peggy Seeger, one of the legendary names in US and UK folk music has announced her retirement. In what promises to be a tongue in cheek first farewell tour she will no doubt take us on a journey spanning two centuries and two continents of folk music.
Peggy’s formal music education was interwoven with her family’s interest in traditional music. She began to play the piano at seven years old. By the age of eleven she was transcribing music and becoming conversant with counterpoint and harmony. Between the ages of 12 and 35 she learned to play guitar, five-string banjo, autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer and English concertina. She tried the fiddle – and failed. When her fiddle was stolen her friends discouraged her from buying another.
For two years she attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she began singing traditional songs professionally. She began to be a songmaker in 1958 with what she considers to be her first successful song, “The Ballad of Springhill.” The rest is not history – it is what is happening now. Peggy looks on herself chiefly as a singer. The fact that she plays six instruments (piano somewhat, guitar minimal-but-interesting, banjo fairly well, English concertina occasionally, autoharp/Appalachian dulcimer at-home-only-thanks-to-airline-baggage-restrictions) does not brand her an instrumentalist as she uses her instruments chiefly for accompaniment. She has never had voice lessons although she has had invaluable help from Penni Harvey-Piper in London and Danny Ellis in Asheville. She professes that ‘my voice isn’t a beautiful voice. Joan Baez has a beautiful voice. Mine is a character voice and that has helped me in singing different types of songs.’