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Sing Out: A Concert Celebration of Pete Seeger

July 2, 2005

Hi Folks, I just got through listening to an outstanding 2-hour ‘web extra’ radio special found on the NPR website. It’s called Sing Out: A Concert Celebration of Pete Seeger, produced by NPR & Philadelphia’s WXPN. I’m sure you’ll want to know about it too. The special, hosted by Scott Simon, includes interviews and concert performances by the legendary American folk icon and many he has influenced: Holly Near, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bruce Cockburn, Janis Ian, Natalie Merchant, Judy Collins, and more. The concert was originally recorded at the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia. You can find this on-demand special on NPR’s website, and I understand it will be broadcast on Monday, July 4th from 6-8pm in the Philadelphia area on WXPN.

Posted by Linda Fahey at July 2, 2005 12:59 PM


Just listened to two hours of "A Concert Celebration of Pete Seeger" via Loved it; of course, I love Pete Seeger & his music (our music, America)!
Enjoyed the different musicians & comentary, too!!
I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates folk music and even American History!!!

Posted by: Chuck Germain at July 3, 2005 4:52 PM

i heard on the net, great to hear all those songs and mucians i still ove the music of Pete
regards from the netherlands

Posted by: H Hegeman at July 4, 2005 2:13 PM

Now that I know about it I will sure search the web. I'm a big fan of Pete Seeger and his music, have been brought up with the Weavers/Seeger/Peter, Paul and Mary and so on. The web has brought their music, facts about them and so on much closer which is great when you live in Sweden!!

Posted by: Sara at July 4, 2005 5:00 PM

I just listened to the entire concert, and it was unique and quite wonderful in many ways, particularly Bernice Johnson Reagon's performance and her duet with Holly Near. I also thought that the inclusion of a lot of historical commentary and song was very valuable. I don't think, for example, that many people know much about Pete's role in union organizing including the songs -- nothing beats Union Maid and the Talking Union. And hearing a small portion of Pete singing "Well Made the World Go" was wonderful. Also thrilling to me personally was the comment made that Janis Ian's relationship to Pete harks back to the summer camp in the Catskill Mountains in New York State that he ran nearly 50 years ago. They don't mention the camp by name but I know that camp because I went to that camp - it was Camp Hurley in Kingston New York, and anyone who went there in the 50's and early 60's as I did remembers Pete on the stage singing "Wimoweh" with all of the lyrics, and of course all of us singing and swaying with clasped hands singing "We Shall Overcome" when everyone believed with full hearts in the power of peace and brotherhood.

Posted by: Penny Stanton at July 8, 2005 7:50 AM

Correction: Pete didn't run the camp, of course. What I meant to say was that Janis Ian's father ran the camp, and it was quite a radical act to have Pete perform there since it was during the blacklisting and anyone who had anything to do with Pete, Paul Robeson, and many others were taking substantial risks. Anway, it was a great, great place, run by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and here's another vignette: I remember vividly going awol from my bunk (I was always ornery) and going to the flagpole where counselors would bring their guitars and sing with the kids every morning -- lots of great guitarists there. I was about 8 years old at the time. It was after the morning sing when I walked by there where there were some benches in a semi-circle and there was Danny Kalb, one of our counselers, sitting on the bench with his feet on an upside down garbage pail singing "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" all by himself, and I stood there listening. I admired him prior to that because he was such a great guitarist and performer, and he turned me on, even at age 8 (he must have been about 20). And I loved the song and tried to memorize the words as he sang and played. Later, of course, he was the lead in the 60's group, the "Blues Project."

Posted by: Penny Stanton at July 8, 2005 9:35 AM

A friend and I were walking down the Three Rivers Stadium shortly a few months after the hostages were released from Iran. I must have been early summer of 1980. An NPR reporter stopped us and asked us about the concept of heroes, and did we have any. My friend mentioned the hostages, but I told him that my true American hero was Pete Seeger (who would be doing a benefit concert for the Food Bank with Arlo in Pittsburgh later that evening. Wonderful show!

About ten years later my wife, my son of about five years, and I attended a Seeger concert. We had the opportunity to schmooze a bit in front of the stage with Pete and a small handful of folks, and my five year old told Pete he liked 'Green and Yellow' (Henry, My Son). Damned if Pete didn't pick up his banjo and sing it for him right there.

He is a national treasure and a role model for all of us!

Posted by: Ken Connors at July 8, 2005 9:03 PM

Has anyone figured out how to record the concerts?

Posted by: David Lull at August 7, 2005 3:15 PM

Has anyone figured out how to record the concerts?

Posted by: David Lull at August 7, 2005 3:15 PM

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