THE George Hotel at South Molton is hosting the Devon leg of a national tour by one of the legends of folk music, Peggy Seeger. Now 75 years old and recently moved back to the UK after completing a teaching job at Northeastern University in Boston, multi-
THE George Hotel at South Molton is hosting the Devon leg of a national tour by one of the legends of folk music, Peggy Seeger.
Now 75 years old and recently moved back to the UK after completing a teaching job at Northeastern University in Boston, multi-instrumentalist Peggy Seeger is considered one of the USA's finest female folk performers, which is no mean feat. She has 22 solo albums under her belt as well as music for films, television and radio. Her musical pedigree speaks for itself - composer and folk-song collector Ruth Crawford-Seeger's daughter, Pete Seeger's half sister and partner to Ewan McColl. It was for her that Ewan wrote the longingly beautiful 'The First Time Ever I Saw your Face' and she and Ewan instigated the legendary BBC Radio Ballads form which combined music, interviews and political activism. Their effect on contemporary folk musicians has been profound. Her own best-known compositions are probably The Ballad of Springhill and Gonna be an Engineer.
Her energy remains undimmed, as is her commitment to the causes of feminism, human rights and anti-war ideals. In 2005 she produced a new song made from the words of Jimmy Massey, who resigned in protest from the Marine Corps after four months in Iraq and who now travels the country talking about the history of the US invasion of Iraq and his part in it.
Peggy's appearance Live@ The George marks the westernmost end of her UK tour, which has encompassed The Sage in Gateshead, through Yorkshire, the Liverpool Phil and into Kent and shows her dedication in bringing her artistry to venues large and small where people want to hear her voice and message.
Cathy Doel, proprietor of The George Hotel, says: "We are privileged to welcome Peggy, who is an inspirational international artist of the highest calibre. Her performance certainly continues the strong American theme which runs through our Autumn/Winter programme, which continues with our next two musical acts, Toby Walker and the Gordie Tentrees Band.