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Peggy Seeger’s ‘First Time Ever’ cover and live shows

June 13, 2017 | by Faber Social

Tags: Folk, faber books, memoir

As previously announced, on October 5th we publish First Time Ever: A Memoir, from one of folk music’s most respected and influential musicians, Peggy Seeger.

‘She’s my hero’ – Cerys Matthews

Born in New York City in 1935, Peggy enjoyed a childhood steeped in music and politics – they remain her lifeblood. After studying at Radcliffe College, in 1955 she left to travel the world. It was in England that she met the man, some two decades older and with a wife and family, with whom she would share the next thirty-three years: the actor, playwright and songwriter Ewan MacColl. Together, Peggy and Ewan helped lay the foundations of the British folk revival, through the formative – and controversial – Critics Group and the landmark BBC Radio Ballads programmes. And as Ewan’s muse, Peggy inspired one of the twentieth century’s greatest love songs, ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’.

With a clear eye and generous spirit, Peggy writes of birth and abortion, sex and infidelity, devotion and betrayal – in a luminous, beautifully realised account.

To coincide with the publication of her memoir and accompanying CD, Peggy will take to the road this autumn for a 20-date UK concert and literary festival tour. Concerts will feature Peggy and family members performing her and Ewan MacColl’s most treasured songs from a career spanning over 60 years interspersed with readings from her memoir and plenty of whip-smart banter.

Family Concert Dates (click for tickets):

3 Oct: Milton Keynes, The Stables
26 Oct: Norwich, Epic Theatre
28 Oct: Isle of Wight, Quay Arts
29 Oct: Brighton, Duke of York
30 Oct: Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre
31 Oct: Farnham, The Maltings
16 Nov: London, Cecil Sharp House
17 Nov: Bishops Cleeve, Tithe Barn
18 Nov: Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
19 Nov: Cilgerran, Rhosygilwen
27 Nov: York, The Crescent
28 Nov: Liverpool, The Music Room
29 Nov: Halifax, The Square Chapel
30 Nov: Morecambe, The Platform

Literary Festival solo talks:

27 Sept: Appledore Book Festival
4 Oct: Oxford, The Story Museum
7 Oct: Henley Literary Festival
8 Oct: Cheltenham Literary Festival
25 Nov: Dublin Festival of Politics

+ more TBC


Peggy Seegar, First Time Ever

First Time Ever

Peggy Seegar

Born in New York City in 1935, Peggy Seeger enjoyed a childhood steeped in music and politics. Her father was the noted musicologist Charles Seeger; her mother, the modernist composer…