3 Feb 2018

Peggy Seeger: First Time Ever

From Saturday Morning, 9:06 am on 3 February 2018

Influential folk musician, activist and songwriter Peggy Seeger, was born in New York in 1935 and had a childhood steeped in music and politics.

Her father was musicologist Charles Seeger, her mother, modernist composer Ruth Crawford and her brother Pete is the legendary writer of protest songs.

After studying at Radcliffe College, Seeger went traveling - arriving in London where she met actor, playwright and songwriter Ewan MacColl, with whom she would  spend the next 33 years.

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Together they are credited with laying the foundations of the British folk revival. As MacColl's muse, Seeger inspired one of the 20th century's most popular love songs 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'. 

Seeger has recorded 23 solo albums and has contributed to more than 100 others. In 2014 she won the inaugural UK Women in Music Award for Creative Inspiration.

She has recently published her memoir First Time Ever and has released an album of the same name.