PEGGY SEEGER: Interview: there’s always a first time, even at 77

Peggy Seeger, purist queen of the folk revival, has released an album of electronic dance versions of her songs. She talks to Colin Irwin.

It’s bizarre enough that a 77-year-old grandmother is picking up radio airplay and making her mark in clubs singing on an uncompromising dance record that hurtles at you in a blazing barrage of offbeats, loops and samples. It’s positively surreal when you discover the singer is Peggy Seeger, the American who became one of the seminal figures of the British folk revival and widely regarded as something of a firebrand purist where folk music is concerned.