Pete: The Songs & Times of Pete Seeger
A Live Multi-Media Concert
By Seattle banjo player, Peter McKee
Since 2012, Seattle banjo player Peter McKee has presented this one-man performance honoring the songs and times of Pete Seeger. This two hour multi-media concert traces the historical context of eighteen iconic folk songs closely associated with Seeger.
Peter guides the audience though 70 years of our country’s history while performing such songs as “If I Had A Hammer,” “We Shall Overcome,” “Guantanamera,” “Union Maid,” and “This Land Is Your Land.”
The performance incorporates narration, photographs, historical sound clips, and the one constant element of any Seeger concert – the voice of the audience itself joining in on the choruses. The music of Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, The Weavers and Tom Paxton, as well as the struggles against war, racism, the communist witch hunts of the House Unamerican Activities Committee of the 1950s are featured prominently in this show.
In the end, Peter’s performance seeks to capture an experience with the audience that Pete Seeger himself often described –
“…when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony that they never knew existed, or when a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher – then they also know there is hope for the world.”
- "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," 2007
With Pete's death at 94 in January, 2014, this show continues to celebrate, preserve, and honor the songs and times of Pete Seeger.
The show is also offered as a FREE
fund-raising tool to nonprofit organizations, unions and other social
justice efforts whose goals are consistent with the songs and life of