7 April 2017
An Evening with John McCutcheon
On Friday, April 7, we welcome John McCutcheon back to our stage. Pete Seeger described John as not only one of the best musicians in the United States, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. Whether in print, on record, or on stage, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit or pure talent of John McCutcheon.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
John McCutcheon has written hundreds of songs and garnered more than his share of accolades. His eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instruments, and even symphonic works are among the broadest in American folk music. His thirty-six albums have earned six Grammy nominations. His songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song “Christmas in the Trenches” is considered a classic and was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs.
“What sets McCutcheon’s songs apart is that he’s actually writing about something!” observed well-known folk music DJ Bob Blackman. Whether it’s a musical snapshot of a day in the life of an Alaskan salmon fisherman, a child’s pondering the loss of her first tooth, remembering a moment that was omitted from our history books, lampooning the latest foibles on the national political scene, or celebrating the joy of old love, McCutcheon’s songs are always about something small and, at the same time, something much bigger. “All big things start with little things,” he observed, “the way in which a song is able to open up the universal from the personal is one of the great joys of writing.”
The Washington Post described John as folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man,” a moniker flawed only by its understatement. Besides his usual circuit of major concert halls and theaters, John is equally at home in an elementary school auditorium, a festival stage or at a farm rally. He is a whirlwind of energy packing five lifetimes into one. In the past few years alone he has headlined over a dozen different festivals in North America, 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.
- 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. Pete Seeger
- The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard. Johnny Cash
- He has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature. Washington Post
- Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folksinger’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player. Dallas Morning News