Back in the day folk music was all the rage. And, Pete Seeger was the architect of many of the best political and sing-a-long songs.
His tours of college campuses were legendary, his popularity enhanced by his status as both a musical and political hero. On Tuesday, Smithsonian Folkways released a recording of a 1960 concert that Seeger gave at Bowdoin College. The 35 songs on two CDs include two songs from his large inventory that had been unavailable. All were recorded by the campus radio station. (Hear Seeger’s version of “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore” below.)
For the Seeger historians, the two previously unavailable songs are “Al Smith Holds the Bottle” and “I Had a Dream.” Included in the concert were “Goodnight Irene,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Bourgeois Blues.”
Seeger will celebrate his 93rd birthday on May 3.