Monday, July 23, 2007
folk music's rustic renaissance man
Door 7:30 P.M., Music 8:00 P.M. |
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Brilliant lyricist and storyteller, virtuoso singer, fiddler, and guitarist, and undisputed master of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon runs the gamut from kid's songs to protest anthems to updates of his Appalachian and Midwestern roots mixed with stunning originals.
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In the 1960s John traded the university classroom for the front porches, union halls, and churches of the Appalachians. Under the tutelage of the greats of traditional Southern music, he mastered seven different instruments, became an insightful and powerful singer of traditional songs, and honed an ear for a good story.
Throughout his career John has drawn on his vision of the intersection where traditional music, songwriting, and social activism all meet. His most recent album, Mightier Than the Sword (Appalsongs), adds a further dimension by featuring songs co-written with and inspired by a wide spectrum of authors and poets, from Barbara Kingsolver to Pablo Neruda. "This album," says John, "is an extended love song to books, to authors, to writing."