Living Music Festival DVD 1982, with Pete Seeger & the Paul Winter Consort

from Paul Winter


In June of 1982, Pete came to Cornwall, in the Litchfield Hills of northwest Connecticut, to take part in our Living Music Festival, along with the Consort, vocalist Susan Osborn, and the Brazilian samba band Pe de Boi. I had engaged filmmaker Phil Garvin to capture the event with a three-camera crew, but the tapes then gathered dust for 33 years. After Pete's passing last year, I located Phil in Denver, and luckily he still had the original reels, which were then sent to a videotape restoration facility in Kentucky, and finally to a studio in Connecticut that made the conversation to High Definition digital.

This is vintage Pete, in the kind of grass-roots context where he felt at home. And it is vintage Consort as well, with the players that made the album Common Ground. It includes the only footage we know of Susan Osborn singing “Lay Down Your Burden,” a song we have only recently brought back into the Consort’s repertoire.

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Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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