Friday, January 31, 2014

New City Songster - Peggy Seeger Ewan MacColl

This post is not a specifically Coventry one, except in that I sent off for some copies of  New City Songster Peter Seeger has recently passed at the age of  94.
Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl
in the late 70's and lived in Coventry at the time but I thought it would be an interesting post, especially as

I had read about Sing Out in Greenwich village in Scaduto's biography of Bob Dylan in 1973 and saw an ad in Melody Maker for New City Songster. "New City Songster was almost entirely the work of Peggy Seeger (who chose, edited and notated the songs) and David Scott (the artist for all but one of the issues). It featured songs by Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl and songwriters from all over the English-speaking world. It ran for 21 volumes, 1968-1985." as it says in this site about about the New City Songster.

The site tells " NCS began in 1967, when there were nearly 2000 folk clubs in Britain. The reason for its formation was to circulate new songs before they became historical pieces, for communications between clubs in different regions was and still is fairly undeveloped. So truly speaking, NCS is a product of the folk revival, that invigorating resurgence of interest in our native music and song." Read more on the above link.

The American Sing Out

New City Songster

Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl's note that came with the copies of New City Songster - 

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