Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl - First Farewell Tour

Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl - First Farewell Tour


Posted 2022-03-18 by Tony Collinsfollow

Tue 22 Mar 2022

The 'national treasure' that is Peggy Seeger is to make a welcome visit to Birmingham as part of a new UK tour named after her latest, award-winning album. The acclaimed American singer-songwriter, and partner of Ewan MacColl, is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. And Peggy continues to impress as illustrated by her recent First Farewell album being named as the '2021 Folk Album of the Year' by Mojo Magazine. Peggy will now be performing at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on March 22 as part of her rescheduled 29 date First Farewell tour. She will perform at the B:music venue with her son Calum MacColl, an exceptional musician in his own right and producer of many of Peggy's albums, including the successful First Farewell. The tour will take in not only arts centres, theatres, and civic halls but also a couple of tiny village halls and a performance in a launderette. The performance at Symphony Hall will take place in the Justham Family Room and Jane How Room, a new performance space for intimate concerts which opened in July last year.

Peggy, who is now in her mid 80s, said, "First Farewell is an odd title for a CD or a tour, but it looks both forward and back as I have tried to do in my life. I have toured all over the globe since I was 20 and it is always a delight, a new adventure. I am an activist, an advocate, a left-winger, an eco-feminist, a singer of traditional and topical songs, trying to speak in my own way for my own time. This may be the last time, but then again it may not." Christened by the UK media as 'Folk's First Lady' and 'Folk's Matriarch', Peggy boasts 26 solo albums and more than 100 collaborative albums under her belt. Few artists, and even fewer female artists, can claim such an impressive catalogue of work. Her modesty would prevent her from calling herself a national treasure, but she embodies the term in cultural significance not only for her song-writing and musicianship but also in her refusal to compromise standards or beliefs.

Peggy is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Women in Music 'Most Inspirational Artist', Folk Alliance International's 'Lifetime Achievement' and BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards 'Song of the Year'. Peggy and her son Calum promise to host a glorious evening of up-close performance by two world-class musicians. Audience members can expect to hear some new songs from Peggy's First Farewell album, some old favourites, a few surprises, and plenty of relaxed family banter.

Presented by Red Grape Music, will take place in the Justham Family Room and Jane How Room at Symphony Hall on Tuesday 22 March 2022 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £22 and are available from

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