Rated 4 out of
Old 'uns are often good 'uns...
Folk music is not my usual cup of tea, but Peggy Seeger goes back a long way, and I thought it'd be nice to see someone who has been there, done that etc, while she’s still around (to put it bluntly – she’s 83, after all). The show was supposed to begin at 8, but she appeared about 15 minutes before and wandered around the hall, having little tête-à-têtes with the audience, including me: charming and gracious, and interested in people.
For the show, she was introduced by, and accompanied on guitar by her son Neil. She still has a pretty good voice (well, amazing, for her age), and played banjo, guitar, piano, and autoharp (not all at once, obviously…). Some of the songs were her own, others not, but with a repeated theme (as you might expect) of railing against injustice, often in a very humorous way. There was a lot of interesting anecdote, some hers, some Neil’s, and the audience responded warmly to that and, in proper folk club stylee, joined in the choruses. 8 pm start, 10:30 finish, with a 20-minute interval, pretty good going for an octogenarian. She was selling her new memoir “First Time Ever”, and quite a few people were carrying copies (which she signed, post-show).
I really enjoyed it. Long may she carry on.
The Lewes Con Club (Constitutional, not Conservative....) is a lovely little venue, with decent Harvey's beer and an intimate little hall. They have musical stuff every week, and I'd go there more often (from Brighton, only 6 miles) if it wasn't such a sod trying to park anywhere in the town.
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 5 out of
Fabulous event enjoyed every second
We both loved the class performance. Peggy Seeger was wonderful, a real inspiration. Her son Callum is a great musician. Great show
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of
On the whole it was a very enjoyable evening. The venue was good, although we found it strange that having numbered tickets we were told to sit anywhere in the row as the seats weren't numbered. Peggy and Calum are legends and certainly lived up to their reputations. For me, the only disappointment was that there were not enough songs from Peggy's early days with Ewan McColl. Maybe this is a bit unfair as Ewan McColl is one of my all time folk singers.
Date published: 2017-10-29