Show 55: Pete Seeger at Town Hall

After 70 years as a performer, writer, and social activist, Pete Seeger is a living American institution. While preparing for this program, I was reminded of what a masterful performance Seeger can deliver to a crowd of children. You can just hear the way he takes over the audience, exciting them to fevered participation before bringing them gently back to listening mode. He once said “Participation! It’s what all my work has been about.”

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

I saw Pete Seeger perform at the First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles while in my early teens and listened to his Folkways recordings over and over. Several years ago in New York, I had the privilege of meeting Pete at a book shop where he gave an informal concert on a Sunday morning. He signed my well-worn copy of “Abi Yo Yo,” turning one of my favorite storybooks into a real treasure.

Pete Seeger: Children’s Concert at Town Hall, April 28, 1962

Oh Shenandoah

Skip to my Lou

Git Along, Little Dogies

Didn’ Ol’ John Cross the Water on his Knees

Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Riding in my Car

Put Your Finger in the Air

The Foolish Frog

Ilka’s Bedouin Tune

Frere Jacques

Fisherman’s Song

It Could Be a Wonderful World

Abiyoyo

Let Everyone Clap Hands Like Me

Michael Row the Boat Ashore

Ha, Ha Thisaway

De Grey Goose

Be Kind to Your Parents

This Land Is Your Land

 

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