WHO COULD FORGET THIS MEMORABLE EVENING



March 5, 2011

John McCutcheon



JOHN McCUTCHEON

America's Balladeer

JOHN McCUTCHEON

No one remembers when the neighbors started calling the McCutcheons to complain about the loud singing from young John's bedroom. It didn't seem to do much good, though. For, after a shaky, lopsided battle between piano lessons and baseball (he was a mediocre pianist and an all-star catcher) he had "found his voice" thanks to a cheap mail-order guitar and a used book of chords.

From such inauspicious beginnings John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is 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. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. In addition, his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

JOHN McCUTCHEONEven before graduating summa cum laude from Minnesota's St. John's University, this Wisconsin native literally "headed for the hills," forgoing a college lecture hall for the classroom of the eastern Kentucky coal camps, union halls, country churches, and square dance halls. His apprenticeship to many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only homemade music, but a sense of community and rootedness. The result is music, — whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs, — with the profound mark of place, family, and strength. It also created a storytelling style that has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.

John is a whirlwind of energy packing five lifetimes into one. In the past few years alone he has headlined at 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, given 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." – John's "real job," he's quick to point out, is father to two grown sons.

But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. Performing on stage has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as "little feats of magic" "breathtaking in their ease and grace" and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."

Whether in print, on record, or on stage, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit or pure talent of John McCutcheon.

We were delighted by the opportunity to have this folk legend live on our stage !!!.

This was an exciting evening
  !!!


JOHN McCUTCHEON Praises by others for his performances:

  • "Calling John McCutcheon a 'folksinger' is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player..."
        — Dallas Morning News

  • "Anyone who has seen either John McCutcheon or Tom Chapin, knows the good humor, energy and musical insight consistently delivered in each of their live performances. Both McCutcheon and Chapin are cut, as John explains, 'not only from the same cloth, but also woven into the same fabric.' "
        — Leota Coats

  • "The wonderful thing about John's albums is that when your children insist on playing them over and over (and they will) you won't mind."
        — Seth Bate

  • "... it is the urgency in his singing and the drive of his playing ... that cause me to turn the record back over for another listening."
        — Gary H. Wikfors




Links:

JOHN McCUTCHEON

  John playing his composition Christmas in the Trenches

  John playing his composition Room at the Top of the Stairs


Visit his web site:   www.FolkMusic.com   Summersongs CD

Visit John's MySpace page:  






  Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:


Our open mike featured performances by:


  • Tim Young
    TIM YOUNG

  • Lois Morton
    LOIS MORTON

  • Gary Schoenberger
    GARY SCHOENBERGER

  • Jesse Oelbaum
    JESSE OELBAUM

  • Peg Espinola
    PEG ESPINOLA

  • Bill Buttner
    BILL BUTTNER

  • John Taylor
    JOHN TAYLOR

  • Ken Bongort
    KEN BONGORT

  • Claire Kolensky & Rick Cashman
    CLAIRE KOLONSKY & RICK CASHMAN

  • Hank Stone
    HANK STONE

  • John Morris
    JOHN MORRIS

  • Tim Fitall
    TIM FITALL

  • ...and Stuart Markus
    STUART MARKUS





  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of this century ...