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Rik Palieri sings Pete Seeger

Rik Palieri sings Pete Seeger

Celebrate the songs of Pete Seeger by singing along with banjo player and songwriter Rik Palieri.

Palieri will present a program of Seeger’s music Aug. 19 at the Woody Guthrie Center Theater. It will be the public’s last chance to see the WGC exhibit “How Can I Keep From Singing: The Work of Pete Seeger” before it closes Aug. 20. As we say farewell to the exhibit, Palieri will lead a sing-a-long in a program that is free with admission to the Woody Guthrie Center.

The program is set for 2 p.m. Aug. 19.

Palieri taught himself to play banjo at 15 with the help of Seeger’s timeless instruction book “How To Play the Five String Banjo.” He hit the road after high school, playing music for whoever would listen and sing along.

Palieri first got the chance to perform with Seeger in 1975. He describes the experience in his bio: “In the mid 70s I joined up with Pete Seeger and The Hudson River Sloop Singers. I organized and directed The Festival of Blueberries in Perth Amboy, N.J., and became a regular performer at Clearwater events. Back then, The Sloop Singers were a small rag tag army of singing environmentalists that often shared the stage with Pete Seeger. We sang at riverfront festivals, The Clearwater’s Pumpkin Sail, and even sung once as Pete’s backup chorus on stage at Carnegie Hall. I was recorded singing with the Sloop singers chorus on two albums: The Great Hudson River Revival on Flying Fish and The Hudson River Sloop Singers Broad Old River.

For more information about the program, call 918-574-2710.