Political commentary is defined to a worldwide selection of musical influences by Northfield, MA-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Siegel. A finalist within the songwriting competition at Solarfest as well as the River (WRSI-FM) vocalist/songwriter competition, Siegel is constantly on the balance both edges of his musical persona. His debut record, Move the Mob was referred to as a assortment of “tracks of sanity and satire handling issues from the suburbs, cultural justice, family members, sex, labor and like.” His second record, Cat From the Handbag, recorded using the Beverwyck String Band, centered on traditional fiddle music and tracks from New Britain, NY, Ireland, Quebec, the Shetland Islands, Sweden, as well as the Appalachian Hill area. Deeply rooted in traditional folk music, Siegel provides branched out to hiphop, fingerstyle blues, fiddle music, swing, funk, speaking blues, and nation music. He lists Phil Ochs, Run-D.M.C., Pete Seeger, Mls Davis, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin as affects. A former person in the Hudson River Sloop Performers, Siegel performs using the Harmonious Hogchokers, a trio he shaped along with his sister, Laurie, and Chris Iverson. An experienced percussive clogger, Siegel provides performed at contredanses and concerts throughout traditional western Massachusetts with David Kaynor as well as the Greenfield Dance Music group, the Clefhangers, as well as the Beverwyck String Music group.