First Time Ever – Peggy Seeger

  • St James Church
  • November 3
  • 18:30 - 20:00
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Peggy Seeger – singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, muse – is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Now in her 80s, her charisma and wit remain undiminished. Come and hear Peggy talking candidly about her remarkable life in a wide-ranging conversation with Andy Childs who has had a 45 year-long career in the music business, first as editor of Zigzag magazine and then in various management roles at United Artists, EMI, Demon Records, Rough Trade Records and Rykodisc.

Peggy is unique artist who has carved a special place in the folk revival of both the UK and the USA. A multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, autoharp, English concertina and Appalachian dulcimer), she has made 23 solo recordings and participated in over a hundred others. As Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse, she was the inspiration for MacColl’s classic ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, yet this is a woman who has consistently followed her own path with passion and vigour.

“Peggy Seeger may be folk royalty … but there’s still plenty of the mischievous reprobate – not to mention the untamed rebel – about her. Joyous.” The Guardian

“Glorious – Peggy is a commanding presence. Long may she continue.” The Times

In 2017 she published her memoir, ‘First Time Ever’ (Faber & Faber). It was shortlisted for the prestigious Penderyn Music Book Prize and made several ‘books of the year’ lists, including the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph. The paperback edition will be published in September 2018.

‘Peggy Seeger’s life is the stuff of a rip-roaring blockbuster . . . (First Time Ever: A Memoir) is an illuminating, witty, revelatory and unflinchingly candid account, presented in vivid vignettes and nonchalant anecdotes, often funny, sometimes shocking.’Mojo