My first recollections of playing records on a gramophone was probably in the late 1950’s, I would have been about 8 or 9 years old and my parents had a double album of “The Weavers at Carnegie Hall”. Other than family Christmases singing around the piano, this would have been my first introduction to music.
Even at that age I could appreciate the harmonies created by four voices singing wonderful songs from around the world. Pete Seeger, Fred Hellerman, Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert together drew me in to the wonderful world of folk music with their brand of energetic songs, catchy tunes and those harmonies sometimes in a foreign language ( again, probably the first time my ears had encountered Spanish or Hebrew!).
Suffice to say that I have been a “folkie” ever since, loving the likes of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Tom Paxton. Well last night I was introduced to a film entitled ” The Power of Song” and it chronicles the life of Mr Pete Seeger. It was a wonderful reprise of all the songs that I learned when I bought my first guitar, it was a superb, emotional journey for me and I want to share it with you now, please listen and enjoy!