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Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (1933-2009)

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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: BK Lick
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 06:22 PM

Here's another lovely collection of photos -- these from 1977, taken by Bruce Jackson.
(Playing fiddle, autoharp, dulcimer, mouth harp, and 5-string.)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: BK Lick
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 05:22 PM

New Lost City Ramblers Look Back At 50 Years
Read it here.
Listen to (and/or download) it here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: elfcape
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 04:26 PM

Terry Gross did another reminiscence this afternoon too.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Anglo
Date: 21 Aug 09 - 02:50 AM

I'd forgotten this, but a couple of decades ago (or more) at a Kent State Folk Festival, just for fun I entered the banjo contest. Mike Seeger beat me. Just how it should have been.

RIP, my friend Mike.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: BK Lick
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 11:08 PM

Some very nice photos and video links at Down Home Radio Show.
Included are mp3s of an interview and performance at the Oberlin College Folk Festival in 2003,
as well as links to the following videos:

Talking Feet - A documentary produced by Mike Seeger on Southern buck and flat foot dancing.

Homemade American Music - "A history of rural southeastern traditional American music, as told and played by Mike Seeger and Alice Gerrard.
Mike and Alice recount their own involvment with this music, and briefly trace its history as we meet their mentors: the late Tommy Jarrell,
Lily May Ledford, Roscoe Holcomb and Elizabeth Cotten."

Film of Mike Seeger performing "Walking Boss"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 11:20 AM

Oh dear.

Sandy Paton, Jim Couza, and now Mike Seeger.

Thge world is a darker, sadder place, today.

I didn't know the man, only (only !!) his music.

May the Great Mother and the All Father comfort his loved ones.

So mote it be.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Smithsonian Folkways
Date: 20 Aug 09 - 10:08 AM

NPR featured The New Lost City Ramblers yesterday during All Things Considered with a piece focused on their achievements in performance, documenting, and influence on other musicians (Dylan, the Dead, Ry Cooder).

The intro to the piece also mentions the new box-set out next week, and the NPR Music site is playing the entire first-disc as part of their "first listen" series.

All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=111971414


Exclusive First Listen on NPR Music: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111971414


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST,coyote breath, cookieless again
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 11:23 AM

I can't express the fullness of my sorrow. I only met him once, a long time ago at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, but he was in my life as completely as if he was family and friend. His music and his mastery of the banjo was a constant inspiration as was his dedication to presenting the music and thereby the culture of rural America in as authentic manner as possible. there have been some truly gifted musicians that have come from that culture. When I remember his playing and his virtuosity on the banjo I will still find inspiration. At the risk of upsetting some others of us mudcatters, I feel that he was the best banjo player this world has ever known. He mastered an incredible variety of techniques, tunings, and music. I'd like to think that he and the Dixie Dewdrop are tuning up right now.

CB


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 13 Aug 09 - 07:43 AM

A full and productive life, ended in peace and with dignity, should be celebrated rather than mourned. But still, his passing is a loss to those of us who remain. Thanks for all the music Mike.

More about him here.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/aug/10/obituary-mike-seeger

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: maeve
Date: 11 Aug 09 - 09:02 PM

Someone just attached your post to the original thread, Jean. Thanks to whomever took care of it.

We are sad to have lost yet another gem of a musician and person.

maeve


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Subject: Obit: Mike Seeger at 75
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 11 Aug 09 - 08:58 PM

Today's paper announced this sad event, and I looked on Mudcat immediately but cannot find that a thread has been started as yet. We here are deeply affected, as Mike was (is) a dear friend indeed, and we're so sorry to say this goodby- and I had heard he was ill, but was expecting to hear that he had recovered. Seventy-five is TOO YOUNG to leave the world. Could some of you tell us more about this? I met Mike when he was about fourteen, knew him for so many years- the New Lost City Ramblers had several of their early meetings in our home here on L.I. I'm just not ready to give him up. Love to all, especially to Mike's nearest and dearest at this time.    Jean
Moved into existing thread. It had slipped off the page, Jean. ~JC


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 07:00 PM

In his last performance in Tucson, a number of years ago, I thought he caught the essence of the instrument when he introduced a tune on the jaw harp by saying, "Now I'd like you to imagine along with me; here's [X tune]...".

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 05:47 PM

Here a link to an obit by my friend Paul Brown who I knew in W.S. NC. Paul knew Mike for 30 years.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111693752

Richie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 05:39 PM

Hi,

I only corresponded with Mike once. He was a great preserver of our American musical heritage and I have great respect for his work.

I'm wondering if there is info on the interviews/tapes he recorded. Are they still held at the University of NC?

Richie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Smithsonian Folkways
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 05:20 PM

For an appreciation of Mike Seeger (1933-2009), a tireless preserver, performer, and teacher of traditional music, please visit http://folkways.si.edu/explore_folkways/mike_seeger.aspx

To share your thoughts, memories, and stories, please visit the Smithsonian Folkways Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/smithsonianfolkwaysrecordings or email SmithsonianFolkways@SI.EDU


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 01:34 PM

Obit threads are becoming far too numerous on Mudcat these days. Now we have the loss of another wonderful artist and human being to mourn. Back in the early 1960's Mike Seeger made a complimentary remark about my singing. I didn't hear it but it was reported to me, and coming as it did during a period of depression and loss of confidence it gave my morale a great boost. Downturns of that kind have plagued my life, and still do, but now when one occurs I have the memory of his remark to lift my spirits. I wish I could have met him personally to tell him of my appreciation. But now he is gone, and along with so many others my only glad feeling is that he was able to leave us peacefully and without pain. Goodbye and thank you Mr Seeger,you were of the True Vine. Rest in Peace. From your grateful admirer, Roy Harris.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: elfcape
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 01:30 PM

They are simply wonderful photos. It would be really neat if others had older photos to share as well.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST,Suzy T.
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 12:34 PM

Hi folks,
I haven't gone thru the Mike photos yet, can't look at them without crying. I've seen them all already, anyway. I'm sure it is Bela Fleck in the photo - one of the ones taken when we were filming backstage at Hardly Strictly BG Fest. in Golden Gate Park. The banjo necktie was a last-minute wardrobe addition when Mike discovered he'd left his tie back at the hotel. Mary Tilson borrowed the banjo tie from Warren Hellman, who funds the festival and is a banjo student. It had been a gift to Warren and he'd never worn it. Most or all of the photos were taken either at Hardly Strictly (all the ones with the banjo necktie)in 2007 or at the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention in 2005 and 2006.
Mike Melnyk put up this photo montage quickly, and I'm glad he did, even though he didn't have time to label all the pix. I'll email him and ask about identifying the other folks in the shots, but it might not happen right away.
Suzy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 11:11 AM

Too fast, too soon and too sad. I reflect on the joy and substance he brought to all of us in his dedication, his talent and his humanity. I wish there were more role models like him for my grandson and other young people to see. Here's hoping my admiration and gratitude can transcend the bounds of earth and find him in his new home.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: john f weldon
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 10:00 AM

I've been posting various memories of this influential guy here & elsewhere on the net, but I just remembered this: my then young son Al approaching him as he sat on a rock in a field. Al started chatting away, and Mike listened, then gave him a lesson on playing the Jews-Harp. For some reason, a very touching moment.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST,harpgirl
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 09:14 AM

I've seen Mike many, many times over the past thirty some years and I have frankly copied his wonderful autoharp style. I've seen him at Winfield, at White Springs, in Ann Arbor, at a girl scout camp in the Florida pineywoods....anywhere I could get to in a day...Pop Stoneman's style as well as Mabel's echo in his notes for me. He gave me countless hours of enjoyment with his records and performances. I admired his scholarly approach to music and I liked that Libba C. was able to secure her old age through the help of the Seeger family.

Now I'll remember he passed away every year on my own birthday...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 08:23 AM

August 10, 2009
Mike Seeger, Singer and Music Historian, Dies at 75
By BEN SISARIO

Mike Seeger, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who played an important role in the folk revival of the 1950s and '60s, died on Friday at his home in Lexington, Va. He was 75.

The cause was multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, said his wife, Alexia Smith.

Although a quieter voice on the national stage than his politically
outspoken, older half-brother, Pete, Mike Seeger was a significant force in spreading the music of preindustrial America during an increasingly consumerist era. In 1958 he helped found the New Lost City Ramblers, whose repertory came from the 1920s and '30s, and in his career he recorded or produced dozens of albums of what he called the "true vine" of American music, the mix of British and African traditions and topical storytelling that took root in the South.

Mr. Seeger's dedication had a strong effect on the young Bob Dylan, who wrote fondly of him in his 2004 memoir, "Chronicles: Volume One." Although only eight years his junior, Mr. Dylan called Mr. Seeger a father figure - for helping the under-age Mr. Dylan with his paperwork - and rhapsodized about him as the embodiment of a folk-star persona.

"Mike was unprecedented," Mr. Dylan wrote, adding: "As for being a folk musician, he was the supreme archetype. He could push a stake through Dracula's black heart. He was the romantic, egalitarian and revolutionary type all at once."

But Mr. Seeger made his mark less as a star than as a careful, steady
student of his beloved Southern music. He was born in New York to a
prominent musical family. His father, Charles Seeger, was a well-known ethnomusicologist, and his mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, a composer and folk-song collector. Besides Pete, Mr. Seeger's sister Peggy also became a noted singer.

The intellectual pursuit of folk music was part of Mike Seeger's life from an early age. At 5 he made a recording of the old British folk ballad "Barbara Allen," his wife said in an interview on Sunday.

Mr. Seeger played banjo, guitar, autoharp and other instruments, which he learned from old records and in some cases from the musicians who played on them. A dogged researcher, he sought out musicians who had been lost for decades and introduced them to an eager (and young) new audience. One was Dock Boggs, a banjo player from western Virginia whose records were prized by folklorists. Mr. Seeger brought him to the American Folk Festival in Asheville, N.C., in 1963.

Mr. Seeger's most recent album was "Early Southern Guitar Sounds"
(Smithsonian Folkways), in 2007, and he played autoharp on Robert Plant and Alison Krauss's Grammy Award-winning album "Raising Sand" (Rounder), also released in 2007. In his career Mr. Seeger was nominated for six Grammys.

In addition to his wife, his half-brother Pete, of Beacon, N.Y., and his sister Peggy, of Boston, Mr. Seeger is survived by three sons, Kim, of Tivoli, N.Y., Chris, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Jeremy, of Belmont, Mass.; four stepchildren, Cory Foster of Ithaca, N.Y., Jenny Foster of Rockville, Md., Joel Foster of Silver Spring, Md., and Jesse Foster of Washington; another sister, Barbara Perfect of Henderson, Nev.; another half-brother, John Seeger of Bridgewater, Conn.; and 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Fortunato
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 07:17 AM

Thanks, BK Lick for the link to the photos. I have shared them elsewhere.

regards,

chance


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: open mike
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 05:02 AM

i wish there were more captions on the pix of mike from mike
I think the fellow in the b&w striped shirt is Bela Fleck
and Tracy Schwartz has his name on one pic, but John Cohen
is not captioned, neither are the line up of musicians on
stage..can anyone fill in the names? Suzi? that was such
a nice banjo neck tie...great to see him..he looked like
he was enjoying the festival...glad it was captured on
film..hope to see this one day...Always Been a Rambler,
indeed!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 Aug 09 - 01:40 AM

Thanks for the link to the photos by Mike Melnyk, BK Link. They're lovely.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: open mike
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 11:22 PM

Sugar in the Gourd streaming old time music


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Martha Burns
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 10:04 PM

Woops. Here's that link, again ... http://sugarinthegourd.com/


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: elfcape
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 09:56 PM

Hovering sadness all weekend since I heard that he was gone. He was one of the gentlest and most deliberately thoughtful people I ever had the fortune to stay in my guest room. Such sweetness, and clarity of mind.

He derived such deep joy, quiet, unassuming, delight from his life's work.

May we all be half so fortunate.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Martha Burns
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 09:51 PM

"Sugar in the Gourd"(http://sugarinthegourd.com/)is playing all Mike Seeger tonight. It's a wonderful tribute from a wonderful website. Worth checking out, if you haven't discovered it yet.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: BK Lick
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 06:37 PM

Here's a lovely collection of photos, taken by Michael Melnyk.
Remembering Mike Seeger
Kathy sent me the link, saying "They really capture Mike's elegance and spirit, I think."
—BK


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 06:12 PM

Thanks for posting Paul Brown's remembrance, Desert Dancer.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: open mike
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 05:46 PM

Thanks for that post, Desert Dancer...I hope we can carry on the music! Mike has shined the light to show the way...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 05:34 PM

National Public Radio's remembrance, by Paul Brown: here. (Text & audio -- the text below is on the web site, but is not an exact transcript.)

Mike Seeger Cleared Paths, Showed Us The Way
by Paul Brown

August 8, 2009 - Mike Seeger, whose love for traditional songs and tunes inspired many other musicians — including Bob Dylan — to look for the rural roots of American music, died of cancer Friday night at his home in Lexington, Va. He was 75.

I knew Mike Seeger for 30 years. We played together informally and professionally, shared a love of learning from old-timers, recorded one album together and appeared on each other's albums. More than all that, we were friends. But Mike, nearly 20 years my senior, was also a matchless guide, advocate and mentor in ways that I could never be for him.

Mike was an adventurer who wanted nothing more than to share his discoveries. He cut new paths and cleared old ones that had grown over. He found overlooked musical treasures, polished them off a little and wondered at them. Then he called to the rest of us, "Hey, come down here with me! You've got to hear this!"

And so it was that Mike sought out undiscovered or disappeared musicians in the towns and countrysides of southwest Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina — all over the South. One of them was banjo player and singer Dock Boggs, who had recorded haunting banjo songs and tunes decades before, and then slipped into obscurity and a life of physical labor as the Great Depression pulled millions of people into poverty.

In the early 1960s, Mike became the first to record Dock in several decades. He took him out to play and helped him find a new enthusiasm for life. He brought dozens of other older, traditional musicians to the stage, either on his own or with his group, the New Lost City Ramblers. Feeling they merited far more recognition than they were getting, he organized tours — some of them abroad — for these rural Southern players.

Mike constantly pushed young people forward, too. He wanted us to learn, to play and to document what we heard. I met Mike around 1980 at the home of the great fiddler and banjoist Tommy Jarrell outside Mount Airy, N.C. We talked a little, started playing and quickly fell in together. It was as though I'd found a longtime musical friend I didn't know I had.

Mike and I later traveled and recorded together with some of the old-timers. For a couple of years, we were in a three-person band he started. It was one of the most astounding musical experiences of my life. Playing with Mike was freeing. He saw and heard things others didn't. His view was broad. He was constantly ready to try new instrumental combinations or new approaches to singing, all of it rooted in the traditions he cherished.

And that was just part of it. Every time I turned my attention his way, it seemed he'd had another idea or was starting a new project. One year, it was a video documentary on traditional Southern step dancing, such as flatfooting and clogging. Another time, it was a teaching video on the guitar styles of Maybelle Carter, one of the first country music artists to record — and of course, someone Mike had known.

One day he called me and asked what I thought about the idea of starting a music festival by and for musicians in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I told him I thought it was great. He launched the festival near his home in 1986, and in typical style, stepped back and handed it over to the community. That was what he believed in. The Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival is still going today.

The moment I met him, he started changing my life. He did the same with thousands of others — they tell me all the time. And they tell me of Mike's modesty, his humble approach. We all saw him at parties and jam sessions — not taking the lead, as he certainly could have, but listening to others, or picking up a background instrument. As my friend and fellow musician David Winston said to me days ago, that humility and generosity were the gift of life.

He was a star, but a quiet, faintly flickering one. My feeling is that the best tribute we can pay is to try to follow his example.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST,Franz S.
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 01:29 PM

He was always a gentleman. I remember him at the Ralph Rinzler memorial at Highlander Center in 1995, and I had the great honor of spending a week as one of his students at the Old Time Gathering in Swannanoa a few years ago.

I'm feeling a little lonely.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST,Bluesman James
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 12:15 PM

Wow: This is too much. In March 2009, Rick Altman, owner of the Folklore Center (after Izzy Young) passed away. He loved the New Lost City Ramblers and Mike Seeger. I guess they are together.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 11:53 AM

Missed all this while away on vacay. Very sad. A great man has moved elsewhere. I give thanks for all the things he left behind, not least of which is the music legacy.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: topical tom
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 09:36 AM

I will really miss his mastery of musical instruments and his vast knowledge, performance and preservation of old time music.He was also a sensitive, very personable individual.Well done, Mike. Your spirit will live on in the pleasure and teaching you left us.RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Severn
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 09:10 AM

My sympathies to the family and all those close to him.

A musical hero of mine, alas, is gone. An irrepairable loss to the music, but we can rejoice in all he was able to share with us..


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 09:07 AM

I sit here trying to write something halfway adequate, but no words say it.

Goodbye Mike. You and your music live on in all our hearts.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Ed Brown
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 07:42 AM

Speaking of autoharp, I never worked hard enough at it to get good at playing my autoharp, even with the help of Mike Seeger's fine teaching tape.

But I learned to admire Mike's playing from the tape, and I can now hear him singing "Sweet Dove of Peace" - first heard on the tape; then later at festivals where I cherish the memory of singing along with him on the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 06:55 AM

One of the best. And it sounds like a peaceful end, one we would all hope for.

Must get the autoharp out and play one I learnt from his recordings.

Paws


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: The Sandman
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 03:58 AM

my sympathy to his family,a great musician.Dick Miles


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 03:54 AM

Very sad day. Good that he could pass with dignity and in company of loved ones.

My thoughts to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 03:44 AM

Mike was a truly wonderful musician, he played on a CD called ' Retrograss ' with David Grisman and the late John Hartford, Mike singing ' Maggies Farm ' will always be my favourite version.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Big Tim
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 03:29 AM

I loved that man's music. All sympathy to his family.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 02:17 AM

Well, "personally" is stretching it, but it was a great pleasure to host him for a concert in Tucson and two days of school visits at my son's elementary school, back about 2002.

Glad for his time here; sad to see him go. Thanks for all he did.

~ Becky


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: GUEST,astro
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 02:04 AM

I was so happy to see him in Los Angeles last year, the only time I saw him. I was looking forwards to the Berkeley Old Time Music Festival to see him again, but will now look beyond the pearly gates to see him instead some day.

The best to his family and to him.

Astro in Los Angeles with a sad Desert Dancer who knew him personally some time ago...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: mark gregory
Date: 09 Aug 09 - 01:19 AM

Sad to hear he's gone, I met him when I was a young folkie in Sydney, he came with the rest of the New Lost City Ramblers to Australia back in 1965.

They performed at the Wallace Theatre (lecture theatre) at Sydney University at a packed concert organised by the late Chris Kempster and other students and we were all enthralled. I actually recorded that concert but the reel of tape has long since disappeared I'm afraid


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Aug 09 - 10:33 PM

Bill-

Thanks for posting that picture.

We also hosted Mike with the Portland Folk Club (Maine) in the 1980's, and had a great turnout and a wonderful evening of traditional songs, played with an amazing array of musical instruments.

The New Lost City Ramblers were one of my favorite recording groups to mine when I was first learning songs. I felt they were folks that I could rely on, and I still do!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Obit: Mike Seeger RIP (7 August 2009)
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Aug 09 - 10:20 PM

On March 17, 2007, Mike, Peggy & Pete played a concert just north of Wash DC. As far as I know, it was the last time they played together.

Here is one picture of them together...it's the best one of Mike I got. (no flash, and a bit washed out under stage lights)

Seegers


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