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Peggy Seeger
Peggy Seeger, born June 17, 1935 in New York City, is an American folk singer. She is also well known in Britain, where she lived for more than 30 years with her husband, songwriter Ewan MacColl. Seeger's father was Charles Seeger (1886–1979), an important folklorist and musicologist; her mother was Seeger's second wife, Ruth Porter Crawford (1901–1953), a modernist composer who was one of the first women to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. One of her brothers is Mike Seeger and the well-known Pete Seeger is her half-brother. One of Peggy Seeger's first recordings was American Folk Songs for Children (1955), considered one of her most enduring and probably the best-selling collection of children's songs ever recorded. In the 1950s, left-leaning singers such as Paul Robeson and The Weavers began to find that life became difficult because of the influence of McCarthyism. Seeger visited Communist China and as a result had her U.S. passport withdrawn. She therefore decided to tour Europe. While in London in 1956, she was accompanying herself on banjo, when Ewan MacColl fell in love with her. Previously married to director and actress Joan Littlewood, MacColl left his second wife, Jean Newlove, to become Seeger's lover. However, in 1958, Seeger's work permit for the UK expired and she was about to be deported. This was narrowly averted by a plan, concocted by McColl and Seeger, in which she married the folk singer Alex Campbell, in Paris, on 24 January 1959, in what Seeger described as a "hilarious ceremony". This marriage of convenience allowed Seeger to gain British citizenship and continue her relationship with MacColl. MacColl and Seeger were later married, following his divorce from Newlove, and they remained together until his death in 1989.

ballad of spring hill (spring hill disaster)
In the town of Spring Hill, Nova Scotia,
Down in the heart of the Cumberland Mine,
There's... [read poem]
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