Called folk music’s Renaissance man, John McCutcheon is an engaging storyteller, powerful singer-songwriter, and master instrumentalist (hammer dulcimer, banjo, guitar, piano, autoharp) who excels at getting people singing together and thinking about what’s important in life.
We’re in for a real treat when he returns for a Golden Link concert on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church. (Click here for concert details.)
Local musician Allen Hopkins says of McCutcheon, “His set at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival a couple years ago was the finest individual performance I’ve seen in decades; he’s master of several instruments, a great singer, and has an evident social conscience that pervades his music. If you only see one concert this week, this is the one not to miss.”
On his blog, McCutcheon says, “I do plan on cutting my touring by about half in the next year” – yet another reason to come out for this concert.
People of every generation and background seem to feel at home when McCutcheon takes the stage; as one critic said, it’s “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.” He has a brand-new album, Ghost Light, just out with songs covering all the bases: love, aging, changing times, faith, grandbabies dancing, and a story of heart-stopping redemption. One new song was crafted from a fragment of Woody Guthrie’s lyrics.
McCutcheon is also an author and an activist, and his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers. Inspired by the events last August in Charlottesville, he penned “The Machine,” referencing Woody’s famous guitar. Hear this hard-hitting song in his YouTube video: https://youtu.be/vbQUIWF0lys.
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Keep on singing!
– Janice Hanson
Janice Hanson is Concert Chair of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, which was founded in 1971 to present, promote, and preserve folk music in the Rochester area.