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Peggy Seeger

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Born in 1935, Peggy is Pete Seeger’s half-sister and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s daughter; her life partner was the English songwriter Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her and to whom she bore three children. Now she is sometimes thought of as the mother of Neill and Calum MacColl but is very much her own woman. She is probably best known for her feminist song Gonna Be an Engineer and for The Ballad of Springhill, which is rapidly becoming regarded as a traditional song.

After living 35 years in England, she returned to the USA in 1994 and after living in Asheville, North Carolina, for ten years, she now resides in Boston. She now tours extensively in the USA as a solo concert artist, singing and giving workshops. She has made 21 solo recordings and has participated in over a hundred recordings with other artists.

Her 1998 CD, PERIOD PIECES: WOMEN’S SONGS FOR MEN AND WOMEN, received major attention from Billboard. She records exclusively for Appleseed Recordings. Her latest project is her HOME TRILOGY, three albums in which each disc contains one or two songs of her own composition and the rest traditional USA songs.

Her latest recording is a 2-CD set,’Three Score and Ten’. This captivating set is a distillation of her 70th birthday concert in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has also started a series entitled ‘Timely Productions’, contemporary songs put out ... well, whenever she writes them. She has published 149 of her songs in The Peggy Seeger Songbook (Oak Publications,1998) as well as a companion volume of Ewan MacColl’s songs, The Essential Ewan MacColl Songbook (Oak Publications, 2001). Her website,, gives further information, a discography, an itinerary and interesting insights into her creative life.

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