Monday, August 10, 2009

Folkobit: Mike Seeger

Mike Seeger, doomed forever to be thought of as the less-famous half-brother of Pete, has died.

Less famous, but no less significant, though: Seeger's career as a folk archivist and musician stretched across six decades. He was a key figure in the 1950s folk revival - mainly but not exclusively through the New Lost City Ramblers. In 2007, his work helped Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to a Grammy.

Seeger suffered from multiple myeloma. He died on Friday.

This is him in 2007, performing Cumberland Gap at a festival in Wintergreen: