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Mike Seeger [1964] - Mike Seeger
Mike Seeger [1964] - Mike Seeger
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: Take's Bluegrass Album Channel
Mike Seeger - Freight Train
Mike Seeger - Freight Train
Published: 2009/02/15
Channel: clydeclark
Mike Seeger performs "Walking Boss" in the Smithsonian Folkways Studio
Mike Seeger performs "Walking Boss" in the Smithsonian Folkways Studio
Published: 2009/07/29
Channel: Smithsonian Folkways
Mike Seeger pt 1
Mike Seeger pt 1
Published: 2011/04/07
Channel: FolkSeattle
Mike Seeger in Concert, April 22, 2007
Mike Seeger in Concert, April 22, 2007
Published: 2016/09/10
Channel: xotol
The Second Annual Farewell Reunion [1973] - Mike Seeger
The Second Annual Farewell Reunion [1973] - Mike Seeger
Published: 2016/10/22
Channel: Take's Bluegrass Album Channel
Mike Seeger - The Dreadful Wind And Rain
Mike Seeger - The Dreadful Wind And Rain
Published: 2013/10/02
Channel: The Highway Is My Home
Old Time Banjo Styles by Mike Seeger
Old Time Banjo Styles by Mike Seeger
Published: 2010/09/18
Channel: HomespunSamples
Mike Seeger - Turkey In The Straw
Mike Seeger - Turkey In The Straw
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: Classic Country Music
David Grisman - John Hartford - Mike Seeger - The Old Home Place
David Grisman - John Hartford - Mike Seeger - The Old Home Place
Published: 2013/02/10
Channel: the winner
Mike Seeger folkdalai
Mike Seeger folkdalai
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: Kálmán Tóth
Mike Seeger - "Sugar Baby"
Mike Seeger - "Sugar Baby"
Published: 2009/08/19
Channel: xotol
Mike Seeger - Man of Constant Sorrow
Mike Seeger - Man of Constant Sorrow
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: John Badluck
Mike Seeger - When First Unto This Country   [HD]
Mike Seeger - When First Unto This Country [HD]
Published: 2016/08/12
Channel: Gary Larson
Mike Seeger-Whoopin
Mike Seeger-Whoopin' Up Cattle
Published: 2013/11/04
Channel: bordermaven
Mike Seeger - Around The World
Mike Seeger - Around The World
Published: 2013/01/20
Channel: Banjerholler
Mike Seeger plays "Cumberland Gap"
Mike Seeger plays "Cumberland Gap"
Published: 2007/08/25
Channel: charlottesvillemusic
The Guitar Styles of the Carter Family - Taught by Mike Seeger
The Guitar Styles of the Carter Family - Taught by Mike Seeger
Published: 2013/07/25
Channel: HomespunSamples
Mike Seeger - Wildwood Flower 1989
Mike Seeger - Wildwood Flower 1989
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering
"Buddy Won
"Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line?" by Bruce Molsky and Mike Seeger
Published: 2009/09/08
Channel: Cathy Fink Marcy Marxer
9-Mike Seeger, John Cohen, Bruce Molsky-Banjo Meltdown 1992
9-Mike Seeger, John Cohen, Bruce Molsky-Banjo Meltdown 1992
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: banjomaniacs
Southern Banjo Styles by Mike Seeger
Southern Banjo Styles by Mike Seeger
Published: 2010/11/07
Channel: HomespunSamples
Mike Seeger talks about his childhood and his early days in music.
Mike Seeger talks about his childhood and his early days in music.
Published: 2009/08/13
Channel: Smithsonian Folkways
Mike Seeger - Cripple Creek
Mike Seeger - Cripple Creek
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: russell937
Jews Harp!!
Jews Harp!!
Published: 2015/01/18
Channel: heyhey1956
Mike Seeger - American folk musician | On Canvas
Mike Seeger - American folk musician | On Canvas
Published: 2009/09/30
Channel: whyyphila
Mike Seeger - "John Henry"
Mike Seeger - "John Henry"
Published: 2009/02/18
Channel: Smithsonian Folkways
Mike Seeger - Darling Cora
Mike Seeger - Darling Cora
Published: 2013/01/18
Channel: Banjerholler
Mike Seeger and Roscoe Holcomb
Mike Seeger and Roscoe Holcomb
Published: 2008/11/18
Channel: alexl32
Blue Ridge Cabin Home-David Grisman, John Hartford & Mike Seeger
Blue Ridge Cabin Home-David Grisman, John Hartford & Mike Seeger
Published: 2013/02/03
Channel: fkazz duffey
Mike Seeger - Needlecase
Mike Seeger - Needlecase
Published: 2013/05/22
Channel: TheJohnniefloyd
Mike Seeger - Freight Train (Fire on The Mountain 1987)
Mike Seeger - Freight Train (Fire on The Mountain 1987)
Published: 2015/05/24
Channel: Rare Tracks
Uncle Joe
Uncle Joe
Published: 2007/08/31
Channel: crtUK
Mike Seeger - Chinquapin Pie
Mike Seeger - Chinquapin Pie
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: Banjerholler
Mike Seeger - Bright Sunny South
Mike Seeger - Bright Sunny South
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: Banjerholler
Alice Gerrard and Mike Seeger - Quiero Decir Gracias
Alice Gerrard and Mike Seeger - Quiero Decir Gracias
Published: 2008/06/11
Channel: GeorgieWise
Mike Seeger - Devil
Mike Seeger - Devil's Dream
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: Banjerholler
Wabash Blues - Mike Seeger
Wabash Blues - Mike Seeger
Published: 2012/05/30
Channel: נשיקות פיהו
Mike Seeger - Old Blind Drunk John (Fooba Wooba) - with LYRICS on description
Mike Seeger - Old Blind Drunk John (Fooba Wooba) - with LYRICS on description
Published: 2013/08/17
Channel: Το φιλί της Πεταλούδας
Mike Seeger and Bob Yellin - "Old Joe Clark"
Mike Seeger and Bob Yellin - "Old Joe Clark"
Published: 2009/04/20
Channel: Smithsonian Folkways
Mike Seeger - "Spanish Fandango"
Mike Seeger - "Spanish Fandango"
Published: 2009/02/24
Channel: Smithsonian Folkways
Mike Seeger - American Spanish Fandango
Mike Seeger - American Spanish Fandango
Published: 2013/01/20
Channel: Banjerholler
"Roustabout" by Mike Seeger
"Roustabout" by Mike Seeger
Published: 2009/09/09
Channel: Cathy Fink Marcy Marxer
"Breakin
"Breakin' Up Christmas" by Bruce Molsky and Mike Seeger
Published: 2009/09/08
Channel: Cathy Fink Marcy Marxer
Mike Seeger w Ralph Stanley & Jack Cooke - East Virginia Blues
Mike Seeger w Ralph Stanley & Jack Cooke - East Virginia Blues
Published: 2012/12/21
Channel: the winner
Mike Seeger & Carol Elizabeth Jones - Little Cabin Home On The Hill
Mike Seeger & Carol Elizabeth Jones - Little Cabin Home On The Hill
Published: 2013/04/10
Channel: the winner
Lost Gander
Lost Gander
Published: 2009/08/28
Channel: cbacarolyn
Mike Seeger and Etta Baker - Cripple Creek
Mike Seeger and Etta Baker - Cripple Creek
Published: 2016/04/23
Channel: solutioncow
Remembering Mike Seeger  - Dom Flemons @ Jammin Java -12/7/09
Remembering Mike Seeger - Dom Flemons @ Jammin Java -12/7/09
Published: 2009/12/14
Channel: rhassanroland
Peggy & Mike Seeger ,Worried man Blues
Peggy & Mike Seeger ,Worried man Blues
Published: 2013/04/12
Channel: TheMusoboy
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Mike Seeger
Born (1933-08-15)August 15, 1933
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Died August 7, 2009(2009-08-07) (aged 75)
Lexington, Virginia, U.S.
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  • singer
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Mike Seeger (August 15, 1933 – August 7, 2009) was an American folk musician and folklorist. He was a distinctive singer and an accomplished musician who played autoharp, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, guitar, mouth harp, mandolin, dobro, jaw harp, and pan pipes.[1][2] Seeger, a half-brother of Pete Seeger, produced more than 30 documentary recordings, and performed in more than 40 other recordings. He desired to make known the caretakers of culture that inspired and taught him.[3]

Family and early life[edit]

Seeger was born in New York and grew up in Maryland and Washington D.C. His father, Charles Louis Seeger Jr., was a composer and pioneering ethnomusicologist, investigating both American folk and non-Western music. His mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, was a composer.[4] His eldest half-brother, Charles Seeger III, was a radio astronomer, and his next older half-brother, John Seeger, taught for years at the Dalton School in Manhattan. His next older half brother was Pete Seeger. His uncle, Alan Seeger, a poet, was killed during the First World War. His sister Peggy Seeger, also a well-known folk performer, was married for many years to British folk singer Ewan MacColl. His sister, singer Penny Seeger, married John Cohen, a member of Mike's musical group, New Lost City Ramblers.[5] Seeger was a self-taught musician who began playing stringed instruments at the age of 18. He also sang Sacred Harp with Ewan and Calum MacColl.

The family moved to Washington D.C. in 1936 after his father's appointment to the music division of the Resettlement Administration. While in Washington D.C., Ruth Seeger worked closely with John and Alan Lomax at the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress to preserve and teach American folk music. Ruth Seeger's arrangements and interpretations of American Traditional folk songs in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s are well regarded.[citation needed]

Musical career[edit]

At about the age of 20, Mike Seeger began collecting songs by traditional musicians on a tape recorder.[1] Folk musicians such as Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, John Jacob Niles, and others were frequent guests in the Seeger home.[1]

In 1958 he co-founded the New Lost City Ramblers, an old-time string band in New York City, during the Folk Revival. The other founding members included John Cohen and Tom Paley. Paley later left the group in 1962[6] and was replaced by Tracy Schwarz. The New Lost City Ramblers directly influenced countless musicians in subsequent years. The Ramblers distinguished themselves by focusing on the traditional playing styles they heard on old 78rpm records of musicians recorded during the 1920s and 1930s. Tracy was also in Mike's other band, Strange Creek Singers. So was Mike's former wife, Alice Gerrard. She was Alice Seeger in that band and sang and played guitar in it. The other people in Strange Creek Singers were bass player and singer Hazel Dickens and banjo player Lamar Grier who didn't sing at all. Mike sang and played guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, autoharp, and harmonica in the band.

Seeger received six Grammy nominations and was the recipient of four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.[1] His influence on the folk scene was described by Bob Dylan in his autobiography, Chronicles: Volume One. He was a popular presenter and performer at traditional music gatherings such as Breakin' Up Winter.

Eight days before his 76th birthday, Mike Seeger died at his home in Lexington, Virginia, on August 7, 2009, after stopping cancer treatment.[2][7]

Discography[edit]

  • Old Time Country Music (Smithsonian Folkways) (1962)
  • Mike Seeger (Vanguard) (1964) [8]
  • Tipple, Loom & Rail (Smithsonian Folkways) (1965)
  • Mike and Peggy Seeger (Argo) (1966)
  • Music From True Vine (Mercury) (1972)
  • Berkeley Farms (Folkways) (1972)
  • The Second Annual Farewell Reunion (Mercury) (1973)
  • American Folk Songs for Children (Rounder) (1977)
  • Alice Gerrard and Mike Seeger (Greenhays) (1980)
  • Fresh Oldtime String Band (Rounder) (1988)
  • American Folk Songs for Christmas (Rounder) (1989)
  • Solo: Old Time Music (Rounder) (1991)
  • Animal Folk Songs for Children (Rounder) (1992)
  • Third Annual Farewell Reunion (Rounder) (1994)
  • Way Down in North Carolina (w/ Paul Brown) (Rounder) (1996)
  • Southern Banjo Sounds (Smithsonian Folkways) (1998)
  • Retrograss (w/ John Hartford and David Grisman) (Acoustic Disc) (1999)
  • True Vine (Smithsonian Folkways) (2003)
  • Early Southern Guitar Sounds (Smithsonian Folkways) (2007)
  • Robert Plant and Alison KraussRaising Sand (Rounder) (2007)
  • Ry CooderMy Name Is Buddy (Nonesuch) (2007)
  • Talking Feet (Book) Compiled with dancer Ruth Pershing (Consignment) (2007)
  • Talking Feet (DVD) (Smithsonian Folkways) (2007)
  • Bowling Green (w/ Alice Gerrard) (5-String Productions) (2008) (Re-release of Greenhays released in 1980)
  • Fly Down Little Bird (Appalseed) (2011)

Recordings with the New Lost City Ramblers[edit]

  • New Lost City Ramblers (Smithsonian Folkways) (1958)
  • Old Timey Songs for Children (Smithsonian Folkways) (1959)
  • Songs for the Depression (Smithsonian Folkways) (1959)
  • New Lost City Ramblers – Vol. 2 (Smithsonian Folkways) (1960)
  • New Lost City Ramblers – Vol. 3 (Smithsonian Folkways) (1961)
  • New Lost City Ramblers (Smithsonian Folkways) (1961)
  • New Lost City Ramblers – Vol. 4 (Smithsonian Folkways) (1962)
  • American Moonshine and Prohibition Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) (1962)
  • New Lost City Ramblers – Vol. 5 (Smithsonian Folkways) (1963)
  • Gone to the Country (Smithsonian Folkways) (1963)
  • String Band Instrumentals (Smithsonian Folkways) (1964)
  • Rural Delivery No. 1 (Smithsonian Folkways) (1964)
  • Modern Times (Smithsonian Folkways) (1968)
  • New Lost City Ramblers with Cousin Emmy (Smithsonian Folkways) (1968)
  • Remembrance of Things to Come (Smithsonian Folkways) (1973)
  • On the Great Divide (Smithsonian Folkways) (1975)
  • Earth is Earth (Smithsonian Folkways) (1978)
  • Tom Paley, John Cohen, Mike Seeger Sing Songs of the New Lost City Ramblers (Smithsonian Folkways) (1978)
  • 20th Anniversary Concert, with Elizabeth Cotten, Highwoods String Band, Pete Seeger & the Green Grass Cloggers (FLYING FISH (Rounder)) (1978)
  • The Early Years, 1958–1962 (Smithsonian Folkways) (1991)
  • Out Standing in their Field: The New Lost City Ramblers, Vol 2, 1963–1973 (Smithsonian Folkways) (1993)
  • There Ain't No Way Out (Smithsonian Folkways) (1997)
  • 40 Years of Concert Recordings (Rounder) (2001)
  • 50 Years: Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go? (Smithsonian Folkways) (2008)

Recording with Strange Creek Singers[edit]

Selected films featuring Mike Seeger[edit]

  • Homemade American Music (1980) by Yasha Aginsky
  • Always Been a Rambler (2009) by Yasha Aginsky

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mike Seeger: American folk revivalist and historian". Smithsonian Global Sound. Smithsonian Institution. 2007. Archived from the original on May 23, 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Brown, Paul (August 8, 2009). "Mike Seeger Cleared Paths, Showed Us The Way". NPR Music. National Public Radio. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Mike Seeger: Musician, Cultural Scholar, and Advocate". National Endowment for the Arts, National Heritage Fellowships. National Endowment for the Arts. 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2009. Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship 
  4. ^ 1911 New York Times wedding announcement for Charles Louis Seeger and Ruth Crawford Seeger.
  5. ^ A Vision Shared, Austin Chronicle, weeklywire.com, 18 August 1997. Retrieved on May 2, 2009.
  6. ^ The Guinness Who's Who of Folk Music, 1993, ISBN 0-85112-741-X 
  7. ^ Brown, Paul (August 8, 2009). "Folk Music's Mike Seeger Dead". NPR Music. National Public Radio. Retrieved August 9, 2009. 
  8. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Mike Seeger – Mike Seeger at AllMusic. Retrieved September 14, 2015.

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