Peggy Seeger,
Bring Me Home
(Appleseed, 2008)

The words used to describe Peggy Seeger's music have not changed very much over the years: traditional, political, involved, haunting, dependable, stable. Her approach and her sensibilities do not differ much from recording to recording. Whether she takes on a set of recently composed, politically oriented protest songs or, as here, a collection of traditional material, she is first and always Peggy Seeger.

And that is not a bad thing.

Bring Me Home, which Seeger describes as the third and final volume of her Home Trilogy, is a collection of traditional songs she learned as a child. These songs, she says, are a part of the foundation of her life: "These old songs," she says, "I wouldn't know how to live without them. I didn't choose the songs for these albums -- they chose me. They tap me on the shoulder when I pick up the banjo or guitar and demand, 'Sing Me!'"

What are the songs? Largely familiar folk classics -- or chestnuts, depending on your perspective -- like "Wagoner's Lad," "Roving Gambler," "Little Birdie" and "Dink's Song." Aside from Seeger's own composition, the title song, the most recent material on the CD is Aunt Molly Jackson's "Peacock Street," which has a 1968 copyright.

If you're looking for cutting-edge, fresh, singer-songwriter material, you're not going to find it here. In fact, if you're looking for fresh singer-songwriter material, you really have no business listening to Peggy Seeger anyway.

If, on the other hand, you want to hear a master old-school folk musician doing songs that are close to her heart in a way that only she can, Bring Me Home is made for you.

review by
Michael Scott Cain

13 September 2008

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