Links on the Chain

Here are some Web sites with related music and musicians.          


The premier folk-music magazine, co-founded by Pete Seeger.  It has been published since 1950 and is a great source for songs, music instruction, Pete's occasional contributions, and current news and resources.  Sing Out! also publishes books (including Pete's musical autobiography "Where Have All the Flowers Gone") and maintains an archive of folk music related items.  Write: Sing Out!, P.O. Box 5253, Bethlehem PA 18015 Phone: (610) 865-5366 Mail Order: 1-888-SING OUT Fax: (610) 865-5129 Email:
 Sing Out! Magazine


An independent recording label specializing in topical/political folk music.  It has released compact discs of Kim and Reggie Harris, Dick Gaughan, Casey Neill, and Cornelia's Dad, but its most important release to date is the Pete Seeger trilogy: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone: Songs of Pete Seeger," "If I Had A Hammer," and "Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger." Appleseed was founded by Jim Musselman, an attorney who once was on the staff of Ralph Nader.  They have a website devoted to Pete Seeger at
Appleseed Recordings


Home of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the annual Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Festival.
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater


The River Pool at Beacon is a community group raising funds to build a pool at the waterfront in Beacon, New York. The pool will sit in the Hudson River, filled with river water and open to the public. Much of the Hudson River is clean enough to swim in and we are working to keep it that way.
River Pool at Beacon


In 1969 the newly built sloop 'Clearwater' first visited Beacon. A small band of local youngsters and oldsters organized a welcoming festival to support the valiant crew of the sloop and to help spread Clearwater's environmental message. Thus began the Beacon Sloop Club.

Our first meetings were held in a Main Street storefront until the City granted us the use of the old Ferry Diner at the riverfront. Over the years, volunteers have enlarged and improved the building. The spruce tree that once stood outside the diner now grows through the roof. Docks, launch ramps and a mooring tender have all been installed by volunteers. Our sailing programs have taught hundreds the art of sailing. Thousands of guests on our free sails have learned a new appreciation of the glorious Hudson River. . . (From their website)

Pete Seeger, who lives in Beacon, New York, is a founding member of this sloop club, and has been active in it throughout its existence.

Beacon Sloop Club


Information on the 1996 GRAMMY award winning recording.
Living Music ("Pete")


The official website for all things about Woody Guthrie.
Woody Guthrie Home Page


A great site run for many years by Dave Downin.  Features a complete discography and lyrics to all the songs that Arlo Guthrie sings.  One of the best features is the schedule of Arlo's upcoming concerts.


Many of Lead Belly's songs were recorded by Pete Seeger and the Weavers. The number one song in 1950, the year after Lead Belly died, was his "Goodnight, Irene."
Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter)


Pete's sister and the widow of the great British folksinger Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger now lives here in the states and still performs her mixture of traditional ballads and political songs. She is currently recording for Appleseed Records.
Peggy Seeger


Photo of Mike Seeger
Mike Seeger: Music From True Vine




Kim and Reggie Harris


Jean Ritchie Home Page


Alan Lomax


Library of Congress 1939 Field Recordings by John and Ruby Lomax


Besides having one of the greatest voices in folk music, Ronnie Gilbert was an initial member of the Weavers.  Since then she has done many things, including teaming up with Holly Near, recording solo CD's, and performing a one woman show about Mother Jones, "the most dangerous woman in America."
Ronnie Gilbert


One of the original four members of the Weavers, Fred Hellerman recently recorded a CD of Vaudeville Songs.
Fred Hellerman


One of the best topical songwriters of the 1960's. 
Phil Ochs


Peter Paul & Mary


In describing Tom Paxton's influence on his fellow musicians, Pete Seeger has said: "Tom's songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they're becoming part of America." Pete goes on: "In a small village near Calcutta, in 1998, a villager who could not speak English sang me What Did You Learn In School Today? in Bengali! Tom Paxton's songs are reaching around the world more than he is, or any of us could have realized. Keep on, Tom!"
Tom Paxton
In  1993, Pete Seeger was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the GRAMMY Association.  And in 1996, Pete Seeger won a GRAMMY award for his "Pete" CD, in the Best Traditional Folk Recording category.  


On December 4, 1994, Pete Seeger was given the nation's highest artistic honors by being awarded a Presidential Medal of the Arts.
Kennedy Center Award


On January 17, 1996, Pete Seeger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The award was presented by Harry Belafonte and Arlo Guthrie.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Pete's uncle, brother of eminent musicologist Charles Seeger. Alan Seeger wrote the poem "I Have a Rendezvous with Death." He kept that rendezvous as a casualty of World War I, the "war to end all wars."
Alan Seeger


Folkways Recordings at the Smithsonian


New Smithsonian/Folkways releases are here, as well as information on the entire Folkways catalog. Links to Smithsonian Global Sound.
Global Sound - Musical Treasures of the World An excellent site containing all of the Folkways catalog as well as other vital world music.  In addition  to purchasing music downloads, album cover art and liner notes are available, unlike the MSN Music site which only features the songs.
Smithsonian Global Sound


Photograph of Annie and Peter

Peter Blood and Annie Patterson is the website of Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, the creators of the essential folk music songbook "Rise Up Singing!"  They also have available many of Pete Seeger's best recordings.  
Fred Starner is a folksinger who plays great five-string banjo, twelve-string guitar and writes his own, mostly topical, songs.  He was a member of the first crew of the Clearwater in 1969, and he did a ten part series on folk music for public television called The Oleanna Trail in the 1970's.
Fred Starner


Fred Holstein Fred Holstein (1942-2004) was a troubadour in the finest sense of that word.  When he performed a song he sang it beautifully and made it his own.  He was a very important part of the Chicago folk scene for many years until his untimely death in 2004. There is a two CD set available of his best recordings, and also a tribute CD called "Remembering Fred."  In early 2008 "Live at the Earl of Old Town," a CD of a live performance from 1969 was released.
Fred Holstein


Utah Phillips The Golden Voice of the Great Southwest, Utah Phillips was a great singer, songwriter and storyteller.  His passing was the loss of a real American treasure.
Utah Phillips


Billy Bragg Live On Stage British political singer-songwriter who put several Woody Guthrie lyrics to new tunes and recorded them on the Mermaid Avenue series of recordings.
Billy Bragg


Mudcat Cafe


Probably the best folk music resource on the internet, with performer information, lyrics, and the Digital Tradition Folk Music Databse.
Folk Book


North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance