As a singer and multi-instrumentalist, Peggy Seeger is considered to be one of North America's finest female folksingers. Her family connections are well-known in folk and classical music circles. She was partner to Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her; she is also Pete Seeger's half-sister and Ruth Crawford Seeger's daughter. She is known for her evocative renditions of Anglo-American folksongs and for her activist song-writing, especially in the field of feminism. ‘Gonna Be an Engineer’ and ‘The Ballad of Springhill’ were widely regarded as ground breaking songs that continue to be relevant in the 21st century.
“From civil rights to feminism, peace campaigning to gay rights, in Seeger’s hands the circle of activism has been unbroken for decades.” - The Big Issue .
The MacColl-Seeger work was seminal. From 1959 onward, they encouraged and set standards for the burgeoning UK folk revival; they trawled the USA and UK field recordings and anthologies for little-known traditional songs; they trained other singers and involved them in political-musical documentary theatre; they instigated the revolutionary Radio Ballad form. Their work was halted by Ewan's death in 1989.
Now in her 80th year, Peggy has released her 24th solo album. Everything Changes is a perfect example of what a singer-songwriter album should be: songs with truths to tell, told sparely but with a great chorus, delivered passionately with intelligence and humour and never outstaying its welcome. Despite the fact (or perhaps because) she is an older woman in world that doesn’t like its heroines to get old, she continues to innervate and experiment, delivering a supremely confident and contemporary album that echoes back across the years.
She will be joined by her sons Neill and Calum MacColl for her concert at The Apex on Thursday 11 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are £19.50, call the Box Office on 01284 758000, or visit www.theapex.co.uk for more information, or to book your tickets.