Peg Espinola | Danish Modern

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Danish Modern

by Peg Espinola

She uses her alto voice, acoustic guitar and original songs written in the American folk tradition to comment on the long road she and her generation have traveled--from early love, through work, marriage and family to middle-aged dating and beyond.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Blues Girl Blues Peg Espinola
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2. Danish Modern Peg Espinola, with Judith Christianson, Alorie Parkhill, and San
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3. Rumination Peg Espinola
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4. Blues For Number One Peg Espinola
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5. Carol's Song Peg Espinola
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6. Falling Apart Peg Espinola
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7. The Gardener's Song Peg Espinola
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8. Second-Time Blues Peg Espinola
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9. Star Lessons Peg Espinola
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10. The Last Bad Date Peg Espinola
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11. Song For Max Age Two Peg Espinola
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12. Elegy For The Walker Farm Peg Espinola
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13. Song About My Mother Peg Espinola
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14. Platform For The 21st Century Peg Espinola
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15. The Google Song Peg Espinola, with Dave Andrews, Judith Christianson, Alorie Par
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Album Notes
Peg's folk-style songs cover it all--men done her wrong, men done her right, a view from the front lines of social work, parents, kids, grandkids, and looking into the void. It's a rollercoaster ride; you might laugh, cry, get angry, or do some of each!

Peg was born in Manhattan and grew up on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. and Chicago. In the nineteen fifties she started playing guitar after becoming acquainted with Peggy and Mike Seeger at a high school square dance. She met Elizabeth Cotton, who worked in the Seeger home, and heard her play her song "Freight Train" before it became a popular hit. She also had the privilege of hearing tapes from the Library of Congress folk music collection, courtesy of father Charles Seeger. Thus began a love affair with folk music which lasts to this day.

After graduating from Goucher College Peg moved to Massachusetts to pursue graduate studies in international relations, but switched gears and went into social work instead. She married Ron Espinola in 1965 and they settled in Arlington, MA and then Sudbury. During her children's early years she took a break from social work, instead teaching guitar from home and involving herself in civil rights and liberal politics generally. Her sabbatical from social work was extended during the family's three-year stay in Micronesia, where she continued to teach guitar to children and adults and learned the folk-based popular music of the day (the 70's).

Upon return to Massachusetts she reentered social work, first at an agency and then in private practice. She still practices part-time. Peg was widowed in mid-life. She has two children: Stephen, a singer-songwriter who also does computer animation and sound recording, and Robin, who produces documentary films. Both work in New York City. In addition, Peg has two grandsons, Max and Sam.

After numerous (mis)adventures in the middle-aged dating arena, Peg found an expressive outlet in songwriting, which she began studying in 2004 at SAMW, the legendary music camp sponsored by Boston's folk music station, WUMB. She has featured on the SAMW stage at the Boston Folk Festival and is playing open mikes and featuring at various venues in the Metrowest area of Boston. She generally plays solo--voice and acoustic guitar. Peg made it into the finals of the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest in September 2007 with "Carol's Song," number 5 on the CD, which reflects her experience as a social worker. At the contest itself she came in 3rd in the opinion of the judges, and tied for 2nd place (out of five contestants) in the "popularity poll" of the people in the hall.

Though Peg looks upon herself as a wise elder to the boomers who are nipping at her heels, she finds that many of her songs resonate with them--with lines like "Do I have enough to retire?" (from Rumination) or "I saw his ad on the personals page..." (from The Last Bad Date). Other songs reflect her political and philosophical convictions and her take on family--as daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother. Some are funny, some serious; most are both. And then there is the Google Song--which has broad generational appeal, and defies categories!

Peg says, "It’s never too late to become an emerging talent!" This first CD of fifteen original songs may convince you of that.


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Kate Chadbourne

Full of life and wit!
What a pleasure to hear these beautifully-crafted songs. The melodies are strong and true, and the lyrics are crisp, brave, smart, honest, and funny. An excellent and inspiring CD!

Wendy Stanford

Love it!
These songs are so clever, and ones I could listen to over and over! Peg's voice, guitar playing, and delivery of her songs all blend very nicely. Recommended!


Peg's songs are personal, yet universal.
Though the songs on this CD are seemingly drawn from Peg's life, they have universal appeal. Humor is never far from the surface, even in the most poignant of lyrics. Her perspective on human frailty gives each of us permission to be imperfect as well. Her delivery is superlative.