CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF PETE SEEGER
Michael Johnathon, Rik Palieri and others celebrate the life and music of folk icon Pete Seeger.
PETE SEEGER was a folk icon and musical hero to many including Michael Johnathon. Pete was Michael's neighbor and later would inspire him to become a folksinger. Pete's public Television show Rainbow Quest were the seeds on what would become WoodSongs. For this special broadcast of WoodSongs, Michael will be celebrating the life and music of Pete with a few close friends and artists. RIK PALIERI is a folksinger from Vermont. When he was fifteen, he taught himself the 5-string banjo from Pete Seeger's book. In the mid 70's he joined up with Pete and The Hudson River Sloop Singers and became a regular performer at Clearwater events. Back then, The Sloop Singers were a small rag tag army of singing environmentalists that often shared the stage with Pete. Rik's latest project is following the footsteps of the legendary "The Almanac Singers" made up of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays & Mill Lampell. Rik and George Mann traveled down the same roads as the legendary "The Almanac Singers" did in the summer of 1941. Rik will be performing with Rick Nestler who is a musician, ships captain, songwriter, and actor. FRANK HAMILTON toured with the Pete in the Weavers in the early 1960s. He is co-founder of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL. MARK DVORAK is a folk singer, songwriter, teacher and touring musician. His roots are in Chicago, but for more than 25 years he has been traveling the country and Europe. Since 1998, Mark has toured and performed with WeaverMania! playing the role of Pete Seeger. WeaverMania! celebrates the sounds and songs of Pete's legendary folk group, The Weavers. Starting in March, he is conducting a new class "Pete Seeger & The Power of Song" at the Old Town School of Folk Music where Mark has taught since 1986. CHRIS WALZ spent three and a half years touring the world with the bluegrass band The Special Consensus. He has been at the Old Town School of Folk Music since 1996 and divides his time between performing and teaching. Chris performs with Mark in WeanerMania!