When folk music icon Pete Seeger died in January, he left behind a legacy that was as large as it was multi-faceted.
He is remembered as a hero and an unwavering ally to the working man. He is remembered as a crazed, axe-wielding folk purist, determined to put an end to Bob Dylans electrified racket at Newport in 1965. He is remembered as folk musics biggest booster, a friend to all aspiring musicians.
He is remembered for so many things, in fact, that its easy to forget just what a consummate live performer he was. Two people who havent forgotten are renowned folk artists Evan Greer and Anne Feeney, who will kick off their Carry It On Tour to honor the legacy of Pete Seeger at Olympia's Davis Williams Building on Wednesday evening. Greer and Feeney had both run into Seeger numerous times throughout the years and were always struck by the way he could move a crowd to tears one minute and bring them to their feet in the next.
Well be trying to really embody what Pete taught us about music and about the power that it has by inviting the audience to join us to make it a fun and comfortable space for everyone, Greer said in a phone interview last week. In addition to a vast collection of Seeger classics and deep cuts, the duo will also bring out a number of selections from their own individual and shared songbook. When it comes to music, Greer and Feeney elect to take a long view, writing songs that carry a message of social importance and perhaps deeper cultural value.
The thing about Evans and my music is that were not writing pop hits, Feeney said. Were writing songs that we hope people will be singing a hundred years from now.