Peggy Seeger

Singer, songwriter, and musician

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Biography

Now in her eighties, American-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Seeger is a folk icon.

Her family connections are impeccable in folk, classical and pop music. She is daughter to avant-garde composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, sister to folk legends Mike and Pete Seeger, wife to Ewan MacColl who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her and with whom she had three children and is now grandmother to a fourth generation of successful musicians.

She is well known for her evocative renditions of Anglo-American folksongs and for her activist song writing, especially in the field of feminism. ‘Gonna Be an Engineer’ and ‘The Ballad of Springhill’ were ground breaking songs that continue to be relevant in the 21st century.

“This sparky woman has done so much, lived so much, crammed so much into her life. Most of all, she has informed our appreciation of British and North American folk music, like very, very few people have. Then factor in her multiple roles in illuminating the folk, political song and feminist scenes and how her songs have enriched the folk idiom, and you have somebody worth getting amazed about.” Ken Hunt, fRoots Magazine


“One of the seminal figures of the British folk revival and widely regarded as something of a firebrand.” Daily Telegraph


“A troublemaker and an icon…. ineluctable components of what defines the music that defines us.” Metroland