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.
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.
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.
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.
Folk music website, Singout.org is reporting that Toshi Seeger, wife of folk music great Pete Seeger, died on July 9, 2013. Seeger, who had been in ill health in recent years, was 91. Read the full report.