Mike Seeger, b August 15, 1933 d August 7, 2009

August 27, 2009

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger died of cancer on August 7, 2009, aged 75 at his home in Lexington, Va.

He was born in New York to a prominent musical family. His father, Charles Seeger, was a well-known ethnomusicologist, and his mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, a composer and folk-song collector. Besides Pete, Mr. Seeger’s sister Peggy also became a noted singer.

Although he was a quieter voice on the national arena than his older half-brother, Pete, Seeger, Mike played an important role in the folk revival of the 1950s and ’60s.

The knowledgeable pursuit of folk music and a love of research helped him to seek out musicians who had been lost for decades. He happily introduced them to a new audience at Folk Festivals.

In his career Mr. Seeger was nominated for six Grammys. His most recent album was “Early Southern Guitar Sounds” (Smithsonian Folkways), in 2007. He also played autoharp on Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Grammy Award-winning album “Raising Sand” (Rounder), released in 2007.

In addition to his wife, his half-brother Pete, of Beacon, N.Y., and his sister Peggy, of Boston, Mr. Seeger is survived by three sons, Kim, of Tivoli, N.Y., Chris, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Jeremy, of Belmont, Mass.; four stepchildren, Cory Foster of Ithaca, N.Y., Jenny Foster of Rockville, Md., Joel Foster of Silver Spring, Md., and Jesse Foster of Washington; another sister, Barbara Perfect of Henderson, Nev.; another half-brother, John Seeger of Bridgewater, Conn.; and 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

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