On May 3 Pete Seeger would have turned 99 years old.
The next day a group of local musicians are coming together for a concert honouring the late folk singer and social activist, who died in 2014.
Singer-songwriter Tony Turner organized the event. He grew up listening to Seeger’s music and said If I had a Hammer was the first song he heard on the radio. He recruited Bob Bossin, the Konsorados, Leah Hokanson and Jim and Joe Spinelli, fellow singers in the folk vein, to perform together for the tribute concert at Unitarian Hall.
Turner said he has long admired Seeger’s work as a songwriter and advocate for many causes, from civil rights to labour to the environment.
“He has a really long and revered history and he deserves to be remembered and respected,” Turner said.
When Turner, a former government scientist, became the centre of controversy in 2015 for his protest song, Harperman,