Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - Starts 8pm
TICKET PRICE: £18.50
“This sparky woman has done so much, lived so much, crammed so much into her life. Most of all, she has informed our appreciation of British and North American folk music, like very, very few people have. Then factor in her multiple roles in illuminating the folk, political song and feminist scenes and how her songs have enriched the folk idiom, and you have somebody worth getting amazed about.” ~ fRoots Magazine
Now in her 80th year, Peggy’s family connections are well-known in folk and classical music circles. She is Pete Seeger‘s half-sister, Ruth Crawford Seeger‘s daughter; partner to Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her and with whom she had three children. 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.
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. Sadly though, their work was halted by Ewan’s death in 1989.
Following Ewan’s death she formed a personal and professional partnership with Irish traditional singer Irene Pyper-Scott, with whom she is now in a civil partnership. After 35 years in England, Peggy returned to the USA in 1994 and settled in North Carolina, later moving to Boston in 2006 to take up a teaching job at North Eastern University. In 2010 Peggy moved back to England she continues to tour the UK and USA. As a singer and multi-instrumentalist, Peggy is widely considered to be one of North America’s finest female folksingers.
Peggy will be performing with Neill MacColl and Calum MacColl.
We're serving delicious food before this event from 6pm! Mains cost £7, desserts £3, or the two-course meal for £9.50. Advance booking necessary, to do so simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the icon to see what's on the menu.
Main: Lasagne and salad with garlic bread / Lentil and vegetable casserole with salad and garlic bread (v)
Dessert: Chocolate brownie and ice cream