Best of Pete Seeger, from Beethoven to the the Folk Music Almanac

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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Pete Seeger, who died on January 27 at age 94, had a long association with WNYC. A frequent visitor to Oscar Brand's long-running Folksong Festival, Seeger had his own WNYC show for a while in 1946. Seeger loved the American folk tradition, and used those songs not only to entertain his audience, but also to inspire in them a sense of connection, participation, and community.

David Garland presents some Seeger highlights from WNYC's Archive, including one of Seeger's 1946 shows in which he sings, accompanying himself on banjo; plus music and interview excerpts from a 1986 edition of Dave Sear's Folk Music Almanac program. In addition you'll hear Seeger play Beethoven on banjo, and sing his own nine-minute lullaby, "One Grain of Sand."

Comments [6]


I don't think Pete is in the picture he's standing next to.

Feb. 14 2014 12:42 AM

I can't thank you enough for revisiting so many of the thoughts and feelings about Pete that I've carried with me for about 65 years. And only you, at WNYC, could have done it so well.

Feb. 05 2014 04:53 PM
Don Galluzzi from New York City

A hour about, and with Pete Seeger, as I knew him way back when. and again now in this moment.

Worth the time and the listen.

Can you hear me singing on "the Water Is Wide"?

David Garland did well here...Thanks!

Feb. 04 2014 07:13 AM
Raymond Helfrich from West Orange, NJ

Great show about a great man. Thank you.

Feb. 02 2014 09:04 PM
Andy Campbell from Putnam County, NY

Thanks for playing (and for the worthy tribute to Pete Seeger.)

Feb. 02 2014 08:59 PM
Elizabeth from Yonkers, NY

Is not "the Water Is Wide" a variation of "Carrickfergus"?

Feb. 02 2014 08:10 PM

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