Peggy Seeger

Musican Summary

Peggy SeegerI’ve avoided starting a series featuring women musicians until now because I felt it somehow sexist. There are many musicians I enjoy. The fact that some of them are female should be irrelevant. But I’ve now changed my mind and have decided to try living in the real world. Although I’ve thought about  a series and female jazz guitarists or female jazz musicians in general, somehow when I began to make lists of who I wanted to include, the largest group were women who had been part of the folk music revival 1. That phenomenon happened at the time I started playing guitar and was thus a huge influence on my life. The first woman I want to feature is Peggy Seeger.

Peggy Seeger wrote one of my favorite feminist songs, “Gonna be an Engineer. 2

Peggy Seeger writes on her website that she doesn’t have beautiful voice. She says that Joan Baez has a beautiful voice. Hers is a character voice.

Peggy’s half brother was Pete Seeger. Mike Seeger, was her brother and another folk musician, famous for among other things, being a founder of the New Lost City Ramblers.

She was married to Ewan MacColl who wrote the song, “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” for her. Many associate the tune with Roberta Flack or others.

The following is a tribute video to Peggy Seeger played at the Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award 2015. It’s worth watching if you’ve got about 9 minutes to spare.

Related Posts

Gear I’ve Owned
views since 2016-11-26 = 103
I've been selling gear and reviewing what to keep and what I've let go. Here's the gear I no longer own. There was nothing wrong with the items I sold...
Muddy Waters’ Harmonica Players
views since 2016-11-26 = 744
The list of harmonica players who have backed Muddy Waters is long and includes many of the greatest harp players in blues. Here are videos of most of...
Pete Seeger
views since 2016-11-26 = 78
Pete Seeger passed away today. He was 94. He had a big influence on me when I started playing guitar. That was way back in the early sixties during th...
Jazz Guitarists – Herb Ellis
views since 2016-11-26 = 24
Herb Ellis is another of those great bop guitarists. He passed away last year (2010). Herb was from Texas and had a great feel for the blues. Towar...


  1. The music called “folk music” when I was young — in the 1950s and 1960s — might now be called “old time music” or “roots music”.
  2. click line for lyrics

Leave a Reply