The Seeger Legacy carries on the musical traditions of Pete Seeger and other great songwriters who inspired social change. The group plays some of the ground breaking songs that Seeger wrote or collected, but more importantly, they carry the message into the 21st century with original songs written by George Kilby Jr and songs co-written by Kilby and Torsten Lefmann. Each concert features the band’s unique renditions of classics, their original material, and includes short talks by Kilby and Lefmann in Danish and English.
The May 1st political holiday is particularly significant to the group because of their yearly concerts at Copenhagen’s Faelledparken celebration. (’13, ’16, ’17 ’18). Like the singers that spearheaded the labor union movement in the 30’s, the band continues an undying support of the worker. Their aim is to raise awareness of real problems in today’s work force including the decline of union membership, increased automation, and the peer-to-peer economy.
Kilby toured the Northeast US with Seeger’s grandson, Tao Rodriguez Seeger in 2012 and later wrote two songs influenced by the Seeger tradition. “You never see the Hand Throw the Stone” includes the theme of racism, and references the classic “We shall Overcome”, the most well known song associated with Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. “When the People Sang” champions the defining element of a Seeger concert – the singalong. Kilby’s song on the environment, “The Earth Song”, brings a message of hope.
The rhetoric and policies of political figures like Trump are a great concern worldwide. World figures like Gandhi, MLK, Guthrie, and Seeger were advocates of quiet and peaceful resistance and worked tirelessly for change. The musicians carry those ideals into our time with this important and worthwhile project.