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Sing-along for Seeger

Former collaborator of late musician leads singing at a song fest Saturday

Posted: August 9, 2014 10:01 p.m.
Updated: August 9, 2014 10:01 p.m.

Jim Scott, left, leads a group in a sing-along with the Pete Seeger folk song "If I Had a Hammer" during a folk song festival held at Unitarian Universalists of Santa Clarita Chalice Center in Newhall on Saturday.

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The late Pete Seeger’s spirit filled a small room at Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita on Saturday.

Strumming an acoustic guitar, singer Jim Scott — a former collaborator of the famed folk singer who died in January — was the highlight of the church’s Pete Seeger Song Fest, attended by about a dozen people.

The mainly baby boomer group sat in a semi-circle around Scott, singing along with Seeger tunes and some of Scott’s own compositions.

“Jim Scott spent a lot of time with Pete Seeger,” said Scott Roewe, the church’s musical director. “Jim did a lot of concerts with Pete Seeger, so he’s sharing stories of Pete Seeger, his time with Seeger, and Jim’s also singing some of his own tunes,”

Plucking a banjo, Seeger re-introduced generations of Americans to their folk music roots, performing with such genre icons as Woody Guthrie. He wrote or co-wrote “If I Had a Hammer,” ‘’Turn, Turn, Turn,” ‘’Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,” among other songs.

Seeger died Jan. 28 in New York at age 94.

In 2011, the folk singer made a rare public appearance when he joined an Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan.

Seeger also was “very invovled” with the Unitarian movement, which focuses on social, environmental and economic justice, Roewe said.

“That’s a large part of the faith of the Unitarians, and Pete Seeger wrote a lot about those issues,” said Roewe.

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