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Friday, July 1, 2011

Leftover Biscuits Serves Up Mike Seeger Tribute

Remembering Mike Seeger, Part I
Saturday, July 2, 20116:30-8 am (edt)
WTJU 91.1 FM/Streaming at WTJU.net
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In honor of the Mike Seeger Tribute Concert at Lime Kiln Theater (Lexington, VA) later that same day, Peter Jones will air the first half of a very special three hour program he did with Mike's widow, Alexia Smith, back in April of 2010.  The second half will air in August, a little closer to what would have been Mike's seventy-eighth birthday (born August 15, 1933).  There might even be a giveaway or two from our friends at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a label Mike not only recorded for over the decades, but also for which he produced other artists and projects.

Peter supplied archived recordings from Mike's myriad Prism Coffeehouse appearances, while Alexia shared some of her favorite Mike recordings in between a few personal memories.  Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman, ballad singer Molly Andrews, and musician and historian Joe Ayers also contributed some memories, with Molly even doing a Carter Family ballad she recorded specifically for this program.

Mike of course helped "rediscover" artists such as Elizabeth Cotten and Dock Boggs, and influenced so many of today's musicians, including Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan), and 2011 Fulbright Scholar Seth Swingle.  Seth was actually Mike's apprentice as part of the Virginia Folklife's Master & Apprentice Program.  So tune in for a very special tribute to the great Mike Seeger this Saturday morning, July 2, starting at 6:30.

Mike Seeger and Apprentice Seth Swingle
Submitted by Peter Jones, WTJU Folk, Leftover Biscuits

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