LIVE: Peggy & Pete Seeger @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/12/13 (Take Two)

May 23rd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photos by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)

Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photos by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)

Review by Charlie Braverman
Photographs (from soundcheck) by Rudy Lu

It is still Pete’s season.

Saw Pete Seeger last weekend. So old, he has outlived his singing voice, which died a quiet death years ago… but was it from old age – or a vast right wing conspiracy, you decide.

Played to a packed house of doddering devotees, average age topping 72 years old. The concert, itself, was so long (over three hours) that seven audience members dropped dead of natural causes over the course of the evening. A concert that long mixed with an audience that old, you naturally expect some ‘spillage.’ “And the big fool said, push on…”

[NOTE: nobody died during the performance; that was hyperbole.]

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LIVE: Peggy & Pete Seeger @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/12/13

May 22nd, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photo by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)

Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photo by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photograph (from soundcheck) by Rudy Lu

Peggy Seeger said it best with a new song that she had penned for her brother Pete’s 94th birthday. It kicked off the second half of the evening, and she was joined by Bill Vanaver on banjo, Happy Traum on guitar and quartet of Seeger family ‘n’ friends back-up singers as she settled down at the piano and sang, “It’s Pete. It’s Pete. Strummin’ his banjo, stampin’ his feet. That lanky man comes down your street, and what do you know… you’re singing.”

The sold-out audience at Proctors rose to their feet in a hearty standing ovation as soon as Pete Seeger ambled out onto the stage, and they were singing along – loudly and frequently in harmony – by the second line of the Seegers’ opening song – the time-honored “Worried Man Blues.”

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Pete Seeger & Peggy Seeger Together @ the Bearsville Theater, 3/17/12

January 17th, 2012, 12:03 pm by Greg
Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger

This is likely the last opportunity you’ll have to see these two legendary folk performers together.

Pete Seeger lives just down the Hudson River in Beacon. He is 92 years old. Meanwhile, 76-year-old Peggy Seeger – Pete’s half-sister – lives in England, and she has said that her upcoming U.S. tour will be her last.

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