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WAMC’s Alan Chartock In A 2012 Conversation with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, folk musician and former member of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn. McGuinn recently turned 74 years old.

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The music of Pete Seeger will be transformed into dance this Saturday afternoon at the Pete and Toshi Seeger Auditorium at Beacon High School in Beacon, New York. Livia Vanaver and her husband Bill are the organizers of the event, which is a fundraiser for their life’s work of the past 45 years, the Vanaver Project. 

Clearwater Cancels Great Hudson River Revival

Jan 21, 2016
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For the first time in its history, there will not be a Clearwater Festival this year. A costly renovation of Clearwater’s flagship is a major reason.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, founded by the late Pete and Toshi Seeger, is taking a break to save the sloop. Clearwater Board President Annie Osborn, who also sits on WAMC’s community advisory board, says, instead, Clearwater will hold smaller music events up and down the Hudson River throughout the year. The reason, she says, is to focus on restoring America’s environmental flagship.

Hip-Hop Artist's Single Pays Tribute To Pete Seeger

Feb 17, 2015
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Beacon, New York resident and hip-hop artist Decora has his debut solo album coming out in March. One of the songs is a tribute to the late Pete Seeger. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Decora about why he chose the song.

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One was a folk musician from the Northeast. The other was a man of God from Georgia. But Pete Seeger and Martin Luther King were celebrated together for their commitment to social justice today at the second annual Pete Seeger/Southern Dutchess Coalition Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.

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The mayors of the tri-cities are on board of an initiative to try to keep the Half Moon replica ship docked locally on the Hudson River.

Built in 1989 by Dr. Andrew Hendricks, The Replica Ship The Half Moon is a working, full-scale model of the Dutch vessel noted explorer Henry Hudson sailed in 1609 when he discovered the river that bears his name.

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The Port of Coeymans, about 15 miles south of downtown Albany, is making headlines — for all the wrong environmental reasons.

Advocates for clean air and water are sounding alarms: they're concerned about plans to build up heavy industry along the Hudson River near the port, and about possibly illegal activity related to the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Lincoln Center Will Stream Seeger Fest Concert

Jul 16, 2014

New York City’s Lincoln Center says it will offer a live stream from a weekend memorial concert for Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi. The concert is Seeger Fest.

    Seeger Fest is a one-time festival created by Pete and Toshi Seeger’s grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, as a way for those who knew and admired Pete and Toshi to remember them, and for those who hadn't heard of them, to get inspired by their compassion for the human race.

The fest will take place July 17th through July 21st and will include performances from includes performances by Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Amanda Palmer, Tom Chapin, The Chapin Sisters, Steve Earle, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Kim and Reggie Harris, and many others.

Kitama Cahill-Jackson joins us now to tell us more.

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Earth Day was celebrated at the New York State Capitol with a tribute to the late Pete Seeger, and a display of live owls.

There is a concert tonight in Ulster County celebrating the music of the late Pete Seeger on what would have been his 95th birthday.

Longtime Pete Seeger friend Happy Traum will host the Woodstock Soundout, billed as a tribute to a folk music legend and the common man. The Woodstock Soundouts, which date back to 1967, provided the template for the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

The Soundout: The Music of Pete Seeger will feature Tracy Bonham, Cindy Cashdollar, Josh Ritter, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, Eric Weissberg, and more.

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A five-day festival honoring the late folk singer Pete Seeger will feature music, film and remembrances in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Seeger family members say Wednesday the free "Seeger Fest" from July 17 to 21 will celebrate the lives of the famous singer and his late wife, Toshi.

It will include a memorial service in Poughkeepsie and multiple concerts, including one in Manhattan's Central Park. Musical artists involved include the Chapin Sisters, Steve Earle and DJ Kool Herc.

Seeger Resolution Passed But Not Without Disagreement

Mar 21, 2014

The New York state Assembly Thursday passed a resolution to honor the life of legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger. An assemblyman from the Hudson Valley spoke in defense of Seeger after another assemblyman spoke in opposition to the resolution.

Like many in the Hudson Valley, I took the loss of Pete Seeger personally.  He was a great national and international figure having received over 20 honors and awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, the Harvard Arts Medal, the Kennedy Center Honor and been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame to name a few.   For us who lived in and near Beacon, NY where he had lived for 65 years, he was a local hero.  The sloop Clearwater and the attention it brought to the Hudson River actually led to an actual clean-up of terrible pollution.  Now, the river can be fished and it’s safe for swimming.

Pete Seeger is gone. I first met him at Buck’s Rock Work Camp when I was 14. He was standing on the big cement porch, surrounded by kids.  After hearing him, nothing was the same.  He was my lifelong hero.  I had few others.  I wasn’t alone -- many of you first heard Pete at camp or school. That’s how he made his living during the time he was blacklisted. 

Tributes To Seeger From Far And Wide

Jan 29, 2014
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Several area lawmakers have released reactions to yesterday’s death of Pete Seeger:

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President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Pete Seeger for reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go.

Seeger, the veteran folk singer, died Monday night at age 94. The writer of "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," he welded his music to activism on issues of American workers and the disadvantaged.

Vox Pop : Pete Seeger : 1/28/14

Jan 28, 2014
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It’s a day of mixed emotions today as we remember the iconic Pete Seeger. The sadness of his passing last night at the age of 94 is eased by the celebration of his long and impactful life. Today we want to talk about our friend Pete.


5 Pete Seeger Songs To Sing Together

Jan 28, 2014
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His music catalog and social activism spanned six decades, but now a major folk voice has been silenced. Beacon resident Pete Seeger died Monday night in  New York City  after being hospitalized for six days.
 

As a teenager in 1936, Seeger joined the Young Communist League. An early recording features Seeger on "c" for Conscription, a track that appeared on Songs for John Doe, the 1941 debut album of the Almanac Singers, an influential early folk music group.

Pete Seeger’s musical legacy touched many lives, including those of many folk singers across the region. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with a few this morning about his influence on their music.

Much will be said and has been said about Pete Seeger, who died Monday at 94, as an activist and musician. Blacklisted, tireless, stubborn, and funny, he wrote a lot of songs that seem to have simply always existed: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", "If I Had A Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn."

A Bridge In His Honor

Jan 28, 2014
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A town official in the Hudson Valley is writing to New York state officials, urging them to consider naming a bridge in honor and in memory of Pete Seeger, who passed away today.

Pete Seeger employed his music in a push for a cleaner river in the 1960s (long before others took on the cause).

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jan 28, 2014

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock remembers the life and legacy of Pete Seeger.

Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and banjo player who became an American icon by using protest songs to push for social changes over the 20th century and beyond, died yesterday. He was 94.

With dozens of records, Seeger was a titan in folk music, from early collaborations with Woody Guthrie to a celebrated career with The Weavers to appearances at benefit concerts that continued through his final days. To wit, he remained politically engaged at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs in September 2013, singing new lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land” with rock stars like Neil Young and Dave Matthews that claimed “New York was made to be frack-free,” referring to the controversial gas drilling process.

    

The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Grammy award.   The 80-year old Orchestra gets its first grammy nomination for its recording of composer John Corigliano’s “Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra,” featuring the world-acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie, with maestro David Alan Miller of Delmar. The nod comes under the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo. The recording was released earlier this year.

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Pete Seeger, Lorre Wyatt, Guy Davis, and friends performed a benefit concert for WAMC earlier this month at the Paramount Theatre in Peekskill. After the September 8 show, singer and songwriter Lorre Wyatt spoke with WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

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Folk singer, activist, and environmentalist Pete Seeger will discuss writing in times of social upheaval social upheaval and change at Manhattanville College in Westchester County Friday evening.

Mark Nowak is director of the MFA program in creative writing at Manhattanville College in Purchase. He says he hatched the idea of inviting Beacon resident Pete Seeger for a writers talk a few years ago with Hudson Valley activist Connie Hogarth, who founded the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action at Manhattanville College. Nowak says the idea grew to the following.

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Pete Seeger, Lorre Wyatt, Guy Davis, and friends performed a benefit concert for WAMC Sunday at the Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill. It was a sing-along from beginning to end.

The concert was called “Music Can Bring Us Together”. It brought Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt together for the first time since the Clearwater Festival in June.

Guy Davis performed with them and said this before heading onto stage.

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Pete Seeger took to the stage of the Paramount Theatre in Peekskill Sunday. Seeger, Lorre Wyatt, Guy Davis, and friends played a benefit concert for WAMC. WAMC's Alan Chartock dedicated the concert to Seeger's wife Toshi, who died in July.

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