Bob Nelson, Folksinger and archivist of the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society talks about meeting Pete Seeger and his life lived for and with Folk Music in this video. Needless to say, he sure has got quite a few stories to tell. His recollections begin sometime in the 1950’s when he was (at the age of 16) president of the Seattle Folk Singing Society and organised a concert for Seeger. It being the McCarthy area it was no wonder that he himself, like Seeger, aroused the interest of the local FBI branch. He talks about all this and more in a fascinating 38 minute video. A life devoted to Folk music, indeed. They are organising coffee-house type of concerts on a regular basis, a shame I am not living in the Seattle area, so I can only enjoy the info on their website (www.pnwfolklore.org) and some of their videos on their YouTube channel where this video can also be found.
David Mallett is a singer/songwriter from Maine, active since the 1970’s, although I have only recently heard of him for the first time. His songs have been covered by artists as varied as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Alison Kraus, and, ahem, The Muppets (Garden Song). He’s recorded some more Country influenced albums in the past, but the songs of his I like most are firmly rooted in Folk-traditions. So, fittingly, the two videos I chose to share on here were recorded in a coffehouse in Massachusetts in 2014.
I don’t profess to know as much about him and be as familiar with his work as I probably should, but nevertheless I was touched by his death. Without knowing too many of the details of his life I guess it’s fair to say that he lead a long and fulfilled life. Look at this performance of his classic Turn Turn Turn (one of my all-time favorite songs), sung when he was 93 years old.