Saturday, August 8, 2009
Mike Seeger 1933-2009
I’m saddened to report that Mike Seeger passed away last night, just a week shy of his 76th birthday. He’d been in hospice care at home in Lexington, Virginia since deciding to end the cancer treatment he’d been undergoing.
Mike's contributions as a musician, singer, member of the New Lost City Ramblers, folklorist and much more cannot be underestimated. His recordings – solo, various collaborations, and, of course, with the Ramblers – are essential to anyone interested in the traditional music of the American south.
I had the great honour of working with Mike a couple of times at festivals. He was always very gracious and a pleasure to interact with. He was also a great resource to turn to when researching anything to do with old-time music.