John McCutcheon is one of our most respected and loved folksingers. A master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer, his songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. Among his many awards are seven Grammy nominations.
According to Pete Seeger, “John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.”
Early on, this Wisconsin native experienced the music of eastern Kentucky’s coal camps, union halls, country churches, and square dance halls. His apprenticeship to many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music embedded in him a love of home-made music with a sense of community and rootedness. The result is music, whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs, with a profound sense of place, family, and strength. It also created a storytelling style that has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.
In the past few years alone he has headlined over a dozen different festivals in North America (including repeated performances at the National Storytelling Festival), recorded an original composition for Virginia Public Television involving over 500 musicians, toured Australia for the sixth time, toured Chile in support of a women’s health initiative, appeared in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert in New York City, gave a featured concert at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, taught performance art skills at a North Carolina college, given symphony pops concerts across America, served as President of the fastest-growing Local in the Musicians Union and performed a special concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This is all in his “spare time.” His “real job,” as he’s quick to point out, is being father to two grown sons.
It is in live performance that John feels most at home, and we’re thrilled to bring his versatility, charm, wit and pure talent into your home on Tuesday, July 7th at 7:00 p.m.