Mike Seeger Passes Away

Open Back BanjoI was saddened to read in today’s Bluegrass Blog of the passing of roots musician extraordinaire Mike Seeger.

Half-brother to the more famous Pete Seeger, Mike was one of those people who loved old-time music and the people who played it.  He was a great musical scholar who worked to expand the audience for American roots music.  I had the chance to hear him play live on a couple of occasions after he moved to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and he was just one of the giants in the field.

I found this wonderful clip on You Tube of Seeger talking about – and then playing – Elizabeth Cotten’s classic Freight Train.

Rest in peace.

More to come…


P.S.  – An update:  Here’s the posting on Seeger from the always informative, The Music’s Over But the Songs Live On blog.

One Response

  1. A great man with a great sound. I took a banjo workshop from Mike in Berkeley two years ago and was deeply inspired. He will be missed.

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