Release Date: Sep 1, 2014
Record label: Signet
This album is a revelation. Throughout her lengthy career, Peggy Seeger has proved that she is a thoughtful songwriter with an easygoing voice that offsets her often angry lyrics, but here she explores new, pained and personal territory, and does so with delicacy and soul. Listening to her relaxed, often acrobatic vocals, it's hard to believe she's 79.
Now in her 80th year, folk figurehead Seeger is ringing the changes on her 22nd album. For the first time in her long career she’s working with co-writers, her sons Calum and Neil MacColl prevalent in the credits. Some of these songs will be familiar to close followers of Peggy’s craft. Swim To The Star was originally commissioned for a BBC radio programme marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and its descriptions of passengers fighting for their lives (“down, down in dark water”) are chillingly evocative.