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Issue No. 2005

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

Brothers & Sisters
Pete Seeger
Out now

After Bruce Springsteen’s recent album of Pete Seeger covers this release is a timely chance to get to know Seeger’s music better.

The first of the two discs sees Seeger going solo, singing with the sole accompaniment of his banjo and performing mostly traditional songs with a few of his own numbers.

Disc two is devoted to the work of two legendary ensembles he was involved in – the Almanac Singers and The Weavers.

Pete Seeger is an outstanding figure of contemporary music. His songs are a loud shout against everything that makes this world a cruel place to live in – war, social unfairness, lack of freedom and poverty.

Lucy Holmes

Market Boy
By David Eldridge
National Theatre, London
Until 3 August

This play is a frothy look back at the 1980s – a time of wide boys, yuppies and Thatcherism – told to the soundtrack of the decade.

Playwright David Eldridge could have taken a sharp look at the parallels between the governments of a decade that was so openly neo-liberal and the pro-privatisation people we have in power today – but he doesn’t.

It is nonetheless a thoroughly enjoyable, vibrant production, and one that I would recommend.

Kelly Hilditch

Art Not Oil
491 Gallery, east London
Until 24 June

This is an exhibition of a number of posters and cartoons made by climate campaigners.

It looks at ways to tackle the use of fossil fuels and the positive alternatives needed to stop climate change.

Katherine Branney

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Sat 17 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2005
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