The Folklife Program and the Virginia Festival of the Book hosted a special evening of tribute to the late Mike Seeger in March by hosting author Bill C. Malone and musicians Elizabeth LaPrelle, James Leva, Danny Knicely, Aimee Curl, and Alexia Smith at The Haven in downtown Charlottesville.
Folklife Director Jon Lohman joined Malone and the traditional musicians on stage as Malone spoke about how he came to chronicle Seeger’s life and work in his new biography of the Rockbridge County resident, Music From the True Vine: Mike Seeger’s Life and Musical Journey.
Sponsored by RoseWood Village and Davenport and Company, the free program captivated the capacity crowd which filled the pews of the former sanctuary; all were treated to a lively program of songs and sounds, including recordings of Seeger talking about and playing some of the heritage music he loved and studied during his lifetime. An Old Time Jam, organized by the Charlottesville Friends of Old Time Music concluded the evening.
An audio recording of the evening is available via the VFH Festival of the Book home web page, or by clicking here.
ALSO: James Leva and Jon Lohman stopped by WTJU FM’s “Walk Right In” on March 6th to share some memories and songs they associate with Mike. Listen to the podcast including some recordings of Mike from the Prism Coffee House.