Virginia Folklife Program

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Full House at The Haven

Posted: 2012-05-07 | Categories: Uncategorized |

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.

1 Comment »

  1. “Sometimes you know things have to change … Somebody holds the mirror up, unlocks the door, and your head has to go into a different place,” wrote Bob Dylan in his 2004 autobiography, Chronicles: Volume One. “Mike Seeger had that effect on me. He played on all the various planes, the full index of the old-time styles, [and] he played these songs as good as it was possible to play them. What I had to work at, Mike already had in his genes.” Bob Dylan (Chronicles, Volume 1)

    Comment by Ginger McCarthy — April 17, 2012 @ 10:34 am

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