Award winning musician, educator and founding member of The Gaslight Tinkers, Peter Siegel contributes a radical chord to American Roots music. Influenced by the songwriting of Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs, dixieland, old time fiddle tunes and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Peter’s music defies categorization. Over the years he’s shared the stage and been mentored by folks like Pete Seeger, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, Judy Collins, Dar Williams, Utah Phillips, Noel Paul Stookey, and was a bandmate of bluegrass powerhouse Michael Daves and poet Alicia Jo Rabins in the 90’s “New Old Time” band Underbelly which the Berkshire Eagle called “a supergroup of New England talent”.
Peter contributed and recorded on the Grammy award winning Pete Seeger album “Tomorrow’s Children”. His other credits include publication in Sing Out! magazine and the fiddle tune compilation, The Portland Collection, as well as a guest appearance on the nationally syndicated Etown. As as educator, Peter has been writing songs and theatrical productions with children for the last 15 years and has been a contributing writer to The George Lucas Foundation site Edutopia on social curriculum and music educational practices. His Symonds School CD Peace Place won a Parents Choice Award in 2012.
Peter was a core member of the Greenfield Dance Band playing second and fourth Fridays at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA with David Kaynor, Stuart Kenney and Mary Cay Brass for the better part of two decades. Peter’s recent collaborations with Mary Fraser emphasizes advanced 2nd grade humor, dad jokes and insane rags.