Political commentary is set to a global range of musical influences by Northfield, MA-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Siegel. A finalist in the songwriting contest at Solarfest and the River (WRSI-FM) singer/songwriter contest, Siegel continues to balance both sides of his musical persona. His debut album, Move the Mob was described as a collection of "songs of sanity and satire addressing issues of the suburbs, social justice, family, sex, labor and love." His second album, Cat Out of the Bag, recorded with the Beverwyck String Band, focused on traditional fiddle tunes and songs from New England, New York, Ireland, Quebec, the Shetland Islands, Sweden, and the Appalachian Mountain region. Deeply rooted in traditional folk music, Siegel has branched out to hip hop, fingerstyle blues, fiddle tunes, swing, funk, talking blues, and country music. He lists Phil Ochs, Run-D.M.C., Pete Seeger, Miles Davis, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin as influences. A former member of the Hudson River Sloop Singers, Siegel performs with the Harmonious Hogchokers, a trio he formed with his sister, Laurie, and Chris Iverson. A skilled percussive clogger, Siegel has performed at contredanses and concerts throughout western Massachusetts with David Kaynor and the Greenfield Dance Band, the Clefhangers, and the Beverwyck String Band.
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