From the time he arrived on the folk music scene in the 1940s, Pete Seeger has been known not only for his music but for his activism. Seeger passed away in January, leaving behind a decades-long career that included dozens of albums, hundreds of songs and a legion of fans. One of those fans, singer and guitarist Doug Morris, has organized a local event to celebrate Seeger’s music and legacy.
“The Pete Seeger Celebration and Sing-Along” will honor the collective style of music Seeger was known for. Morris plans to perform a variety of songs from Seeger’s anthology while projecting the lyrics on a screen so everyone can participate, and he said he encourages everyone to bring an instrument.
Weekender spoke to Morris about his connection to Seeger, the reasons he created this event and why this event should be of interest to people who have never listened to Seeger’s music.
Pete strikes me as someone who was always working to link knowledge and understanding to actions and interventions in the world, so in the best sense of the term, Pete was a revolutionary. We have to keep the fires that Pete lit burning, fueled and expanding.