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Musicians celebrate Seeger in Ashfield

  • Dozens came out to celebrate the life of folk musician Pete Seeger Tuesday in the First Congregational Church of Ashfield. Some brought their instruments, some shared Seeger stories, and others came just to listen.<br/>Recorder/David Rainville

    Dozens came out to celebrate the life of folk musician Pete Seeger Tuesday in the First Congregational Church of Ashfield. Some brought their instruments, some shared Seeger stories, and others came just to listen.
    Recorder/David Rainville

  • Dozens celebrated the life of folk musician Pete Seeger with stories and songs Tuesday in the First Congregational Church of Ashfield. Baby Seeger Libby samples some apple sauce made by Pete Seeger while he worked with Greenfield musician Lorre Wyatt. The sauce, and a single spoon, were passed around the church for all to try in a sort of communion.<br/>Recorder/David Rainville

    Dozens celebrated the life of folk musician Pete Seeger with stories and songs Tuesday in the First Congregational Church of Ashfield. Baby Seeger Libby samples some apple sauce made by Pete Seeger while he worked with Greenfield musician Lorre Wyatt. The sauce, and a single spoon, were passed around the church for all to try in a sort of communion.
    Recorder/David Rainville

  • Dozens came out to celebrate the life of folk musician Pete Seeger Tuesday in the First Congregational Church of Ashfield. Some brought their instruments, some shared Seeger stories, and others came just to listen.<br/>Recorder/David Rainville
  • Dozens celebrated the life of folk musician Pete Seeger with stories and songs Tuesday in the First Congregational Church of Ashfield. Baby Seeger Libby samples some apple sauce made by Pete Seeger while he worked with Greenfield musician Lorre Wyatt. The sauce, and a single spoon, were passed around the church for all to try in a sort of communion.<br/>Recorder/David Rainville

Tuesday night, friends, fans and colleagues of Pete Seeger filled the First Congregational Church of Ashfield, in a celebration of the folk musician’s life and works.

While most came to listen, several brought guitars, banjos, fiddles and hand drums, and played several of Seeger’s songs. They also shared stories about Seeger, many of them having met the modest musician.

Some of those stories came from Lorre Wyatt, of Greenfield, who was a close friend of Seeger’s for more than 50 years. The two recorded an album together in 2010. During their songwriting sessions, they made a batch of apple sauce. Wyatt thawed out a container of it in time for the celebration, and it was passed around the church in a sort of communion.

Though they had lost someone they looked up to, the mood was far from somber. It was less a mourning of Seeger’s passing than a celebration that the world may be better for his presence.

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