Legendary Folksinger Mike Seeger to Perform at Thomas Nelson Community College

Published: February 27, 2006

THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA – Legendary folksinger Mike Seeger will be performing at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the Hampton campus of Thomas Nelson Community College on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $13 for the general public.

Mike Seeger, has devoted his life to singing, playing and documenting Music from True Vine—the home music made by American southerners before the media age. Music from True Vine grows out of hundreds of years of British traditions that blended in our country with equally ancient African traditions to produce songs and sounds that are unique to the United States.

Mike Seeger has toured throughout the world as a soloist and as a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, a Vanguard old-time music group of which he is a founder. Mike plays a variety of traditional styles on the banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, trump, harmonica, quills, lap dulcimer, autoharp and other instruments. Mr. Seeger has produced 25 recordings and videos documenting the work of musicians and dancers in the field, and recorded nearly 40 albums, both solo and with others, and received three Grammy nominations — most recently in 1991 for “Solo: Old Time Country Music” and in 1994 for “Third Annual Farewell Reunion.” He has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Foundation grant. In 1995 Mike received the Rex Foundation’s Ralph J. Gleason Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the Grateful Dead to recognize “those who exemplify the qualities of talent, vision, innovation that Ralph so tirelessly supported.” In the word of the award citation, Mike Seeger “…remains one of our great musical and cultural resources. To see him perform is to experience the richness of our traditions.”

For information about Mike Seeger’s presentation, please call the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at 825-2779.

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