Peggy Seeger

Genres: Folk World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Margaret Seeger, 17 June 1935, New York City, New York, USA. From an early age Seeger was accomplished on guitar, banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and concertina. Her parents, Ruth Crawford and Charles Seeger were both professional musicians and teachers. They insisted that their daughter receive a formal musical education from the age of seven years. At the same time they encouraged her interest in folk music and, at the age of 10 Seeger started to learn guitar. A few years later she began to play five-string banjo. After majoring in music at college, she started singing folksongs professionally. In 1955, Seeger relocated to Holland and studied Russian at university. She first came to the UK in 1956 as an actress, to take part in a television film, Dark Side Of The Moon, and also joined the Ramblers, a group that included Ewan MacColl (whom she later married - the classic ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ is about Seeger), Alan Lomax and Shirley...

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