Making a very welcome visit to Birmingham as part of 29 UK dates on her rescheduled ‘First Farewell Tour’, the charismatic Peggy Seeger - singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse - is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Covering the UK from top to bottom and left to right, Peggy will perform at Symphony Hall, a B:music venue with her son Calum MacColl, an exceptional musician in his own right and producer of many of her albums, including the hugely successful First Farewell.

 

The tour will take in not only arts centres, theatres, and civic halls but also a couple of tiny village halls and a performance in a launderette. The performance at Birmingham Symphony Hall will take place in the Justham Family Room and Jane How Room, a fantastic new performance space for intimate concerts which opened in July 2021.

Peggy said: “First Farewell is an odd title for a CD or a tour, but it looks both forward and back as I have tried to do in my life. I have toured all over the globe since I was 20 and it is always a delight, a new adventure.

“I am an activist, an advocate, a left-winger, an eco-feminist, a singer of traditional and topical songs, trying to speak in my own way for my own time. This may be the last time, but then again it may not…”

First Farewell is Mojo Magazine’s number 1 Folk Album of the Year. Christened by the Guardian as ‘Folk’s First Lady’ and by the Sunday Times as ‘Folk’s Matriarch’, Peggy is now in her mid-80s with 26 solo albums and over 100 collaborative albums under her belt.

Few artists, and even fewer female artists, can claim such an impressive catalogue of work. Her modesty would prevent her from calling herself a national treasure, but she embodies the term in cultural significance not only for her songwriting and musicianship but also in her refusal to compromise standards or beliefs.

Peggy is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Women in Music ‘Most Inspirational Artist’, Folk Alliance International’s ‘Lifetime Achievement’ and BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards ‘Song of the Year’. She and her son Calum MacColl will host a glorious evening of up-close performance by two world class musicians.

Audience members can expect to hear some new songs from Peggy’s First Farewell album, some old favourites, a few surprises, and plenty of relaxed family banter.

Presented by Red Grape Music, Peggy Seeger and Calum MacColl - First Farewell Tour will take place in the Justham Family Room and Jane How Room at Symphony Hall, a B:Music venue on Tuesday 22 March.