May 13,New York—d. September 1,Weston, Connecticutand Pete Seeger b. May 3, The Ferryman - Highland Weavers - Work O The Weavers (CD),New York—d. January 27,New York. Later members were Erik Darling b. September 25,Baltimore, Maryland—d. October 3,New Yorkand Bernie Krause b.
December 8,Detroit, Michigan. In The Ferryman - Highland Weavers - Work O The Weavers (CD) and guitarist-banjoist Seeger, both of whom previously had performed with Woody Guthrie in the Almanac Singers, recruited Gilbert and guitarist Hellerman to form the Weavers.
The quartet gained almost instant commercial success. Amid accusations of communist sympathies during the Red Scarehowever, they were blacklisted and compelled to disband between andwhen Seeger and Hays were called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Woody Guthrie and the work Pete Seeger has done since the Weavers is also in the same vein. Pete Seeger was an original The Ferryman - Highland Weavers - Work O The Weavers (CD) of the early s supergroup, The Almanac Singers. Along with bandmate Lee Hays, he formed the Weavers later that same decade. When he refused to testify regarding his political affiliation, his popularity waned. He managed to help inspire a generation of Folk troubadours, including protegee Bob Dylan.
Seeger is now affiliated with the Clearwater Festivalwhich raises money for environmental preservation. Vocalist Ronnie Gilbert was born inand added her incredible vocals to the Weavers' music. Other female folk vocalists like Holly Near have hailed Gilbert's contributions as one of the chief influences for women in Folk music. Near and Gilbert released two albums together, along with a quartet album they made with Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Born inacoustic guitarist Hays was one of the original members of The Almanac Singers in the s. The formation of the Weavers was his idea, after The Almanac Singers began The Ferryman - Highland Weavers - Work O The Weavers (CD) popularity as the result of a de-popularization of left-wing politics during World War II.
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