Archive for April, 2009



Debuts on DVD April 28, 2009

Silver Spring, MD — Pete Seeger: Live in Australia 1963, a historic 105-minute concert from the folk icon, debuts on DVD from Acorn Media and Reelin’ In The Years Productions on April 28, 2009. Celebrating his 90th birthday this year, singer-songwriter Pete Seeger has been a key figure in folk music since the 1940s and recently performed at the 2009 inaugural concert. This beautifully filmed 1963 Melbourne concert showcases more than 25 beloved songs from one of the most provocative figures in music history. The DVD also includes several special features including nearly an hour of bonus footage from various Australian television appearances and rare performances by folk legend Lead Belly, as well as a 16-page booklet with rare photographs.

The DVD is the first in the new Folk Icons™ series from Reelin’ in the Years, producers of the bestselling Jazz Icons DVD series. In 1963, Pete Seeger, blacklisted and barred from American television, fled the persecution of his homeland and embarked on a 10-month world tour. One of his first stops was Australia where he was welcomed with open arms and sold-out performances. From fascinating discussions of his musical influences to performances of more than two dozen songs, witness how one man, armed only with a banjo, a guitar and the power of song, captures the hearts and minds of a nation.

To see the trailer, please visit Songs included: If I Had A Hammer, Down By The Riverside; The Bells Of Rhymney; Goodnight Irene; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall; Michael, Row The Boat Ashore; Skip To My Lou; The Wild Rover; Woody Guthrie Medley; Highland Laddie; Kum Ba Ya; Way Out There; Living In The Country; Windy Old Weather…and many more Seeger’s awards include a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award (1993), the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Honor (1994), the National Medal of Arts (1994), and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1996).

SPECIAL FEATURES: Pete singing and discussing the songs of Lead Belly (also features 3 rare performances by Lead Belly filmed in 1945) Interviews and performances on Australian news programs 16-page booklet featuring liner notes by Seeger biographer David K. Dunaway Rare photographs, home movies and memorabilia Street: April 28, 2009 Approx. 105 min., plus bonus footage B&W SRP: $24.99

Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., Acorn Media distributes distinctive home video releases to the North American market with a special focus on the best of British television. Acorn’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or Reelin’ In The Years Productions LLC is the world’s largest music footage library and has produced over 40 DVDs including the Grammy®-nominated The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1969 series. For further information, please visit or


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Pete Seeger Birthday Concert in Washington, DC, May 4th

Institute of Musical Traditions Presents: For Pete’s Sake, Sing! Happy 90th Birthday Pete Seeger!
Local artists’ tribute to one of the giants of American folk music and Fundraiser for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (
Monday, May 4, 2009                                                         
at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852 
Show Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 door
To purchase: 301-754-3611 or 

Please note: Pete Seeger will not attend this event.
Pete Seeger turns 90 years old this year!  From his days singing along side Woody Guthrie in the Almanac Singers to international fame of The Weavers to his own powerful and inspiring solo career, Pete Seeger is a powerful voice of and for the people.  Let’s ring in his birthday and for Pete’s sake, sing! 

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Pete Seeger to Perform at April 18th Earth Day Festival

Pete Seeger to Perform at April 18th Earth Day Festival

The legendary folk singer Pete Seeger will headline the Rockin’ Earth Day Fest at Teachers College on Saturday, April 18th.

The event, which is open to the public free of charge, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes a full slate of activities for children, as well as opportunities to learn about recycling and the environment. It will be held in the College’s Russell Courtyard, located on the north side of  on the north side of 120th Street, between Broadway between Broadway and Amsterdam.

Seeger, who will play at noon, tops a musical line-up that includes the bands Broken Wind (at 1:15), Sounds of Cuba (2:15) and Urban Sun (at 3:15).

The Rockin’ Earth Day Fest was organized by the Go Green Committee of the Teachers College Student Senate.

Other activities include:

  • Art tables at which children can make sculptures, instruments and clothing from discarded computer parts, scraps of fabric and other found objects;
  • Workshops on water use and cleanliness by members of The C.R.E.W., a non-profit organization that provides paid employment opportunities to teen-agers while improving public and private wild lands;
  • A recycling education table that includes an exhibit on the differing decomposition rates of different wastes, from banana peels (two weeks) to glass (never)
  • Tee-shirts, water bottles and other cool stuff (for sale)
  • Food provided by local growers and vendors, served by CulinArt
  • Talks by leaders of TC’s student Go Green committee

To learn more about the Rockin’ Earth Day Fest and TC’s student Go Green initiative, email

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