Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger is a singer of traditional Anglo-American songs and activist songwriter, with 200 songs under her belt, one a major anthem of the women’s movement. She is a multi-instrumentalist – playing piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and English concertina – has recorded 23 solo albums, and has contributed to more than 100 others. In 2014, she was awarded the inaugural Women in Music Award for Creative Inspiration, and in 2015 she and her son Calum won Best Original Song at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Calum will be in the band supporting the evening.

The song The First Time Ever I Saw Her Face was written for her by Ewan McColl, who would later become her husband.

Her book First Time Ever: A Memoir is a fascinating  insight from one of folk music’s most respected and influential musicians. With a clear eye and generous spirit, Peggy writes of birth and abortion, sex and infidelity, devotion and betrayal in a luminous, beautifully realised account.

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