The New York-born folk musician Peggy Seeger, 85, has been working and touring non-stop since she was 17. In 1958 she wed a friend so that she could stay in the UK with her already-married lover, Ewan MacColl. She and MacColl went on to make more than 40
Often, a folk song written for a certain purpose is appropriated and used in an entirely different context.
Be it a wedding baarat, Bonalu procession, political party events or pubs, a common feature in all of these in Hyderabad is DJ (Disc Jockey) music with Telangana folk songs. That is,
Peggy Seeger’s face flashes up on my computer screen from her home in Oxford. “Oh, there you are,” she says, then launches into bright, familiar conversation, sounding less like the grande dame of folk music and more like an old friend dropping by for tea. Her hair is short and
Traditional folk can spring artists into unusual places. Ainsley Hamill began her career in Glasgow folk group Barluath, wrapping her plush, muscular vocals around Gaelic, Scots and English language traditionals, but she begins Not Just Ship Land sounding like last year’s avant-garde newcomer Keeley Forsyth. “Saltwater and city fill
RavensFire, a local group that’s toured Ireland twice, plays traditional Irish music, folk songs, instrumentals and originals. The band includes Larry and Melissa Schmidt on guitar, whistle, mandolin and vocals; Judy Havelick on bodhrán and vocals; and her husband, Guy, tending to the band’s technical needs.
“Being entertainers, it’s part