The half-sister of Pete Seeger and the widow of Ewan MacColl('89), singer/songwriter
Peggy Seeger continued her family's long history of championing and preserving traditional
music, most notably emerging as a seminal figure in the British folksong revival of the
1960s. Born June 17, 1935 in New York. City.
MacColl is a child of Ewan and his 2nd wife Jean Newlove. Period Pieces: Women's Songs for Men & Women ('98) whose songs were written between 1963 and 1994, and recorded between 1979 and 1998, is actually a compendium of the singer's various topical concerns, with 11 of the 17 tracks newly recorded. Early on, the songs concern specifically feminist and women's issues, such as equal pay ("I'm Gonna Be an Engineer"), contraception and abortion rights ("Nine-Month Blues"), mother-daughter relations ("Different Tunes"), domestic violence ("Winnie and Sam" with David Gilmour), and rape ("Reclaim the Night"). But as of the seventh song, "Missing," which is about a "disappeared" Chilean activist, Seeger expands her subject matter to broader political issues including unionism ("Union Woman II"), apartheid ("I Support the Boycott"), work-related injury ("R.S.I.," which stands for repetitive strain injury), the rights of the disabled ("Woman on Wheels") and nuclear disarmament ("Carry Greenham Home"), though she always
places them in the context of women's viewpoints. As the album title suggests, some of these
subjects are now historical rather than topical. The result is a thorough survey of
left-wing views over the past 40 years that is sometimes doctrinaire ("Marriage is a
feudal custom," she sings in "Winnie and Sam," "Women are one of the props"; while in
"R.S.I." she declares, "The world's not big enough for conscience and the profit motive"),
but always impassioned and, occasionally, not without humor. Seeger is more of a proselytizer
than a singer, but her pinched voice, backed by various acoustic instruments and voices
(including those of her family members) serves the material well.
Neil (son of Ewan and Peggy) played guitar at
the Meltown gigs with David Gilmour (2002).
David did some session for Kristy.
David Gilmour - guitar,
Firoz Shapur - piano,
Neil MacColl - guitar,
Calcum MacColl - guitar, tin wistle,
Phi Di Palma,
Roy Dodds - percussion,
Simon Edwards - guitarron,
Ewan & Kitty MacColl, Tara Wilkinson and others - vocals.
Updated 05 May 2004 by Nick.