Athena Media Nomination at New York Festivals International Radio Awards 2018


‘Vocal Chords in Conversation with Peggy Seeger’ has been nominated as a Finalist in the 2018 New York Festivals International Radio Awards.


Vocal Chords has won Gold twice at the New York Radio Festival – first in 2016 for the initial 5 part series and then in 2017 for the Paul Brady episode. The prototype for the In Conversation series with Peter Gabriel won Silver in New York for global music programme in 2015. It has also been recognised at the Celtic Media Festival (2016) for the episodeSinging Our Way Home.

And now our In Conversation with Peggy Seeger episode has been nominated as a finalist in the New York Radio Festival 2018.



In this episode, Iarla Ó Lionáird meets folk singer Peggy Seeger at her home in Oxford to explore her life’s journey in song and song composition. Peggy talks of her childhood growing up under the influence of her older half brother Peter Seeger and in a home where legendary singers like Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie would visit to meet her parents, song collectors and composers Charles Seeger and Ruth Crawford Seeger



Peggy met, and later married folk singer and writer Ewan MacColl, and she shares her experience of working with Ewan from the late 1950s until his death in the late 1980s. Since then Peggy has continued to write and perform and she now works with her musician sons Neill and Calum and she is now in a civil partnership with Irene Pyper Scott, a Northern Irish singer she first met in 1964 in Belfast.

The Peggy Seeger programme was first broadcast on March 24th 2017 on RTÉ lyric fm. for more about Peggy Seeger for more about Iarla Ó Lionáird for more about the series


Vocal Chords is an Athena Media Production for RTÉ lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The Vocal Chords series producer is Helen Shaw, the audio editor is Pearse Ó Caoimh and the digital editor is John Howard.