Folk music and the world lost a legend January 27/2014, and we honour the great Pete Seeger at his passing. Pete inspired us all over his long life and leaves an incredible legacy in folk music, activism and the struggle for social justice behind.
Pete performed at the 1989 Vancouver Folk Music Festival, closing out the Sunday night main stage that year.
His grandson and Billy Bragg, among many others, sang some of Pete’s famous songs along with him that evening – and everyone who joined in knew every word of every tune.
He touched us all in so many ways, and the world is a far better place for his life and many contributions.
Rest in Peace, Pete.
This photo was taken by VFMF photographer Bev Davies at the 1989 Festival and posted on Flickr for Pete’s 90th birthday.
“I took this photo of Pete Seeger at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in 1989. Pete was on stage and people were standing at the front and he asked them several times to sit down because the people behind could not see. Now the thing you need to know is it was raining. So Pete sat down on a wet stage and waited until everyone else sat down. Today May 3 is his 90th birthday. Have a happy one Pete!”