Peggy Seeger

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Seeger is an American Folk Singer born in 1935 to musicians Charles Seeger and Ruth Porter Crawford. One of her brothers, Mike Seeger, was a folk musician and folklorist, and her half-brother Pete Seeger was also a folk singer and social activist.

Peggy and fellow folk singer Guy Carawan performed around the world, ending up in England. In 1958, as her UK work permit expired and she faced deportation, Peggy wed folk singer Alex Campbell in a marriage of convenience at a “hilarious ceremony” in Paris. She gained British citizenship and met another Scottish folk singer, Ewan MacColl, with whom she shared a long-lasting personal and professional partnership. She and Ewan created the Singers Club, and helped both to revive folk and align it more closely with left-wing politics. They married in 1977 and had three children.

Peggy and Ewan were communists and, with Ruskin’s political background, she donated Ewan’s archives to Ruskin after he passed away in 1989. The archive contains the original manuscript for The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

Peggy lives in Oxford.

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