Pete Seeger to perform at Ottawa Folk Festival
Patrick Langston , The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Folk Festival has confirmed that folk music legend Pete Seeger will play Library and Archives Canada on Wednesday, July 9.
The 89-year-old Seeger will be joined by his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, a folk musician and founder of the Mammals.
Born in New York City in 1919, Mr. Seeger has been a magnet on the folk scene since the 1930s.
He was blacklisted by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in the 1950s for his socialist leanings, played an active role in the antiwar and civil rights movements of the 1960s and ’70s, and helped spearhead the cleanup of the Hudson River.
A much-loved performer and storyteller and a respected music historian, Seeger has also written or co-written such folk standards as Where Have All the Flowers Gone? and If I Had a Hammer.
Mr. Seeger’s surprise concert takes place in the middle of Bluesfest.
Tickets go on sale early next week: call the Ottawa Folk Festival office at 613-230-8234 or visit www.ottawafolk.org.