NEW LONDON — It’s the time of year for music lovers and Pete Seeger fans to gather again in New London to honor the late musician known as a fearless warrior for social justice and the environment.
Friday Night Folk at All Souls will host the fifth annual Pete Seeger Tribute concert next Friday, with a terrific line-up of local acoustic musicians, all of whom are donating their time and talent when performers gather to take turns sharing their versions of Seeger’s songs, songs he loved, and songs about him.
On the program are local favorites like Sherwood Stidfole, The Carolans, Nick Evento, Kristen Graves, Dan Spurr and Liz Larson, Bill Groth, Jim Carpenter, Kristen Graves, Sue Frankewicz and Geoff Kaufman.
Kaufman, who spent time with Seeger over many years aboard the Hudson River sloop Clearwater, will emcee the evening in addition to performing.
Seeger’s political activism – from the civil rights movement to anti-war songs – became a template for later generations with something to say about the world, organizers said.
For nearly 70 years, Seeger embodied the ideals of folk music – communication, entertainment, social comment, historical continuity, inclusiveness, according to the concert planners.
This year’s concert will benefit the New London-based Immigration Advocacy and Support Center.
The concert will be held at Unity Hall, All Souls UU Congregation, 19 Jay St., beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free, donations accepted. For more information, visit fridaynightfolk.org.