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3 May Pete Seeger 90th birthday
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Seeger rolls back the years on his 90th birthday (The Independent)
Star-Studded Celebration Marks Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday (Voice of America)
Live Review: Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday (LiveDaily)
Outlasting the Bastards: Learning and Applying the Pete Seeger Lesson (Huffington Post)
Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration at MSG (Village Voice)
This land is his land: Pete Seeger turns 90 (The Age)
Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday (Billboard)
Seeger's 90th birthday in New York (Variety)
Stars come out for Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration (Bergen Now)
Pete Seeger 90th Birthday Concert (Hollywood Reporter)
Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp Salute Seeger's 90th (Rolling Stone)
Pete Seeger celebrates 90th with musician pals (LA Times)
Tribute to Pete Seeger (Democracy Now)
Pete Seeger Celebrates 90th With a Concert (New York Times)

Pete Seeger 90th birthday celebrations in Australia

Inner West Film Fanatics
Pete Seeger 90th birthday Tribute at
Wednesday 15 April at 7.30 pm
Balmain Town Hall, Sydney, NSW

Opening the 2009 Balmain Acoustica Festival

Screening 'The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time'
Live Music: Pete Seeger songs by Jeannie Lewis, Maurie Mulherron and Jim Conway


Folk's virtuoso of dissent (Mahir Ali)
Friday 1 May


Yuin Folk Club
Cobargo, NSW
Friday 1 May
May Day Concert with The Songcatchers (Bob McInnes and John Hall)
Plus Pete Seeger Singalong


ABC Music Deli
Friday 1 May 8.05pm
Sat 2 May 4.05 am and
Sunday 3 May 4.05 pm

Paul Petran's Music Deli (ABC Radio National) is doing a tribute to Pete Seeger this week the program airs Friday 1 May 8.05pm, Sat 2 May 4.05am and Sunday 3 May 4.05 pm

Bernard Carney and the Working voices choir will be featured doing some Pete Seeger tributes and as the Birthday coincides with May Day will also be 'Singing for Pete's Sake' at the May Day rally in Fremantle WA


May Day / Celebration (happy birthday, Pete Seeger) edition of Rebel Chorus on Radio 2XX in Canberra (98.3 FM, 10 am – 12 midday, Saturday 2 May 2009, live streaming at http://www.2xxfm.org.au/08/streaming.htm) will honour Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday as well as featuring May Day songs like Bring Out the Banners, The Old Rebel Flag in the Rear and There Is Power in a Union.


Illawarra Folk Club
Pete Seeger tribute night
Saturday 2 May at 7.30pm
City Diggers Wollongong, NSW

            --------------- Pete Seeger with Maurie Mulheron ----------------

The main guest will be Maurie Mulheron who wrote the play about Pete called 'One Word We'. There will be a swag of other performers as well.


A Bit of Folk on the Side (ABOFOTS)
Theme: "For Pete’s Sake, SING!' (Pete Seeger: 90th Birthday Tribute)
Up Front Co-operative Club, Maleny, Qld
Saturday 2 May
7pm for 7.30pm start

Info: Paul or Richenda 07-5499-9190 http://www.peculiarhand.com

'Our "A Bit of Folk on the Side" (ABOFOTS) night in Maleny went well - a full house - and we had John & Dale Dengate + Seamus Gill + Kate Scott + The Ragged Band (Dark Side) Morris - all as Special Guests in amongst the usual "blackboard" entertainers, Maree Robertson amongst them!'


Mudgee, NSW
Singalong in the park
Sunday 3 May


Camp Eureka Working Collective Inc
Sing along for Pete
Unitarian Church 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne, Victoria
5pm Sunday 3 May for a cup of tea first, followed by the singalong at 5.30pm till 7.30pm
The door charge will be $10, $8 conc and children free.

This idea started in Melbourne and is beginning to catch on around the globe. It is early days yet but there are concerts or singalongs planned in Copenhagen Denmark and country Victoria in Corryong and Mallacoota, in Melbourne and many places in the USA.

Leading the singing will be Judy Small, the Melbourne Trade Union Choir, David Lumsden and others.


Sing for Pete's sake!
The Top End Folk Club at the Railway Club
Darwin NT
Sunday 3 May 5.30pm
Entry by gold coin donation

Pete Seeger, singer, songwriter, musician and activist turns 90 on Sunday 3 May, 2009. To celebrate Pete's life and his great influence there are community concerts being held all over the world. Pete was committed to getting people to sing. He said, "not everybody can talk at the same time, but everybody can sing at the same time". He had it in his heart to believe that music used for social benefit could change the world. In so many important ways Pete gave us a model of joy and human connection.

So everywhere around the globe, as a tribute to Seeger, let's sing for Pete's sake!

The Top End Folk Club has its regular session at the Railway Club every Sunday from 2 - 5pm, sing for Pete's sake begins after that, around 5.30pm

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Australian Peace Committee (SA) Inc.
Prince Albert Hotel
254 Wright St, Adelaide
Sunday 3rd May from 3pm
$2 donation

Everyone is invited to help us to celebrate Pete's 90th birthday. Please bring along your friends and your instruments and voices to join in singing his songs. [Singing is not a requirement! You can just listen to others if you prefer to] Food and drink is available from the bar. We ask for a $2 donation to help cover our costs. We have booked the large room upstairs, and appreciate it if you will let us know you are coming so we [and the hotel] can make necessary arrangements.

Starting at 3pm -- The Australian Peace Committee invites you to come and celebrate the birthday of one of the world’s long-time, dedicated and effective peace workers.

Folk singers perform -- sing-along with Pete's songs -- video "Wasn’t That a Time!" -- food and drink available from the hotel’s bar / kitchen

Please RSVP so we have an idea of numbers: grayle@bigpond.net.au


Sing for Pete's Sake, Leura, NSW
Various musicians around the world are organising concerts called 'For Pete's Sake, Sing!' The idea is to have people singing on May 3 in whatever way they can. The concerts are a spin-off from a grass-roots campaign to put Pete forward for a Nobel Peace Prize (http://www.nobelprize4pete.org/).

The Fagans will be singing at a house concert at Leura, at the home of Greg and Lynne Hudson (Spooky Men's Chorale) and the contact for tickets is Lynne Hudson

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Landsborough Folk Club
Sunday 3 May
Singing Pete's songs in his honour


Corryong, Vic
There's a sing along in Corryong organised by Jan


Mallacoota, Vic
In Mallacoota, in eastern Victoria, Jean is making sure they sing for Pete’s sake.


Penshurst, Vic
Joy is the mover and shaker for the Penshurst sing along in the western district


Denver, Vic
(population about 50, location Central Victoria)
Peter is leading the singing for his namesake.


Monaro Folk Society
MFS Club Night
Celebration of Pete Seeger's birthday
Manuka Services Club, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 13 May

'It turned into a beautiful night, not only celebrating Pete Seeger's life and contribution, but a celebration of good things and good sentiments.
Canberra artists Humbug and Frankie Seymour gave performances that were wonderful and heartfelt expressions of our collective solidarity with the oppressed and exploited'. Pete West

Reviews in Monaro Musings June 2009


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Tom Mann Theatre 136 Chalmers Street
Surry Hills NSW (near Central Station) 3 shows only
Friday 12 June 8pm, Saturday 13 June 8pm, Sunday matinee 14 June 2pm

Tickets $25 (concession $20) Bookings: MCA-TIX Phone 1300 306 776 or online http://cms.mca-tix.com.au/

Returns by popular demand to celebrate Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday the songs & story of pete seeger and friends a musical biography by maurie mulheron directed by frank barnes with jim conway pat craigie liz frencham greg leisner jeannie lewis monique piwonka maurie mulheron

This show chronicles the life, times, friends and music of one of the world’s most influential and progressive musicians, Pete Seeger. Once America’s most boycotted, banned, blacklisted and picketed singer in history, Pete not only survived but at 90, still records and performs including at the recent Obama Inauguration Lincoln Memorial Concert with Bruce Springsteen.

Come along and hear Pete’s story as well as the songs that have enriched the lives of millions around the world including If I Had a Hammer, We Shall Overcome, Turn! Turn! Turn!, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Goodnight Irene, Little Boxes, Midnight Special and lots more.

One Word...WE! was last seen at Sydney’s New Theatre where it played to capacity houses each night. Original cast with special guest, Jim Conway.


The Power of Song and Singalong Celebration

Victorian Trades Hall
Cnr. Victoria & Lygon Streets,
Carlton South, VIC 3053, Melbourne
Sunday 14 June

Margret Roadknight
Fay White
Lyndal Chambers
Ernie Gruner
Jane Coker

Fundraising event to benefit the New international Bookshop and Community Music Victoria which has a program to train singing leaders in the community but recently lost their funding.

A vibrant and inspiring documentary of Pete's life

3PM A SINGALONG CELEBRATION with some of Pete's best songs old & new, led by some of the best in the business!

Sing-along $15 /$10
Documentary $5

Bookings Ph 03 96623744 or email cmv@netspace.net.au


Loaded Dog Folk Club
Annandale Neighbourhood Centre
79 Johnston Street, Annandale
Saturday 27 June 8pm

Maurie Mulheron and friends


And as is known by all good folk from Manchester to Maine to Melbourne - you don't get a finer harmonies in the chorus than you do at The Loaded Dog.


DVD Pete Seeger: Live in Australia -- Release Date: 2 July 2009 -- download coupon (pdf) $24.95

Pete Seeger is a beautifully filmed 105 minute concert showcasing one of the most provocative figures in music history.

In 1963 Pete Seeger, blacklisted and barred from American television, he fled the persecution of his homeland and embarked on a 10 month world tour. One of his first stops was Australia where he was welcomed with open arms and sold-out performances.

This DVD not only presents a full concert filmed in Melbourne but also includes 55 minutes of bonus footage from various other Australian television appearances. Witness how one man, armed only with a banjo, a guitar and the power of song, captures the hearts and minds of a nation. Australian perspective booklet notes by Warren Fahey.

SPECIAL FEATURES * Pete singing and discussing the songs of Lead Belly (also features 3 rare performances by Lead Belly filmed in 1945). * Interviews and performances on Australian news programs. * 16-page booklet featuring liner notes by Seeger biographer David K. Dunaway. * Rare photographs, home movies and memorabilia.


Pete Seeger: Live in Australia

National Film & Sound Archive
Saturday 18 July
$10, $8 concession, $5 Thursday matinée
02 6248 2000

From the archives of the ABC: complete footage of Seeger’s legendary 1963 Australian concert tour. The performance is astonishingly bare: a guitar, the famous five-string banjo & the plaintive voice. But its impact on the revival of folk music in Australia is still with us. This is an opportunity to see the film on a large screen at the National Film & Sound Archive. Introduced by folk music historian Warren Fahey & veteran musician David Lumsden. Presented in association with Acorn Media & ABC-TV.


8 Arms Productions and Star of the Sea Theatre present

Sing, For Pete’s Sake!

7.30pm, Saturday 22 August
Star of the Sea Theatre

Pete Seeger turned ninety this year. As if we needed an excuse to celebrate his music! Join us for a night of music, words and images (not to mention the odd banjo) from the life of one of this century’s most influential and inspiring musicians. Come and hear some rarely-heard songs from the pen of Pete as well as some tried and true favourites. The stellar line-up of performers includes: Maurie Mulheron; Skorba with Llew and Mara Kiek and Paul Jarman; Warren Fahey, Bob and Margaret Fagan, Margaret Walters, The Lurkers, Mary-Jane Field, Christine Wheeler, Kate Maclurcan, Tom Bridges
and the Sydney Trade Union Choir.

Star of the Sea Theatre is part of Stella Maris school, near the Northern end of Manly Beach on the cnr of Collingwood and Iluka Avenue.
Parking is available at the northern end of the beach or in the surrounding streets.

$17.50/$12.50 includes one free drink
Tickets available half and hour before concert

Bookings: Christina Mimmocchi christinapossum@bigpond.com 0410 682061



A Nobel Peace Prize for Pete Seeger

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