Friday, January 24, 2014
Beckman Institute Auditorium
We've let another six years slip by since having the great John McCutcheon back on our series, though it hasn't been for lack of trying. John is one of the most requested performers for us, and there are a number of reasons. He is a fine songwriter and songfinder, one of the very best! Consider such original songs as Christmas in the Trenches and Water from Another Time, or songs by others, such as the great alternate birthday song, Tina Liza Jones' Cut the Cake, or Si Kahn's Gone, Gonna Rise Again. Traditional songs are important in his repertoire, and Step by Step and How Can I Keep from Singing are just a couple of examples. He has a storehouse of great songs, and always some new ones. John is an amazing musician, equally talented on guitar, hammered dulcimer, banjo, piano, autoharp, fiddle and other instruments. He is a very fine singer, both in his children's and family concerts, and his shows for adults, like this one. For many, it is his dedication to social justice and ability to articulate in words and music a world that strives for justice and harmony. His concerts are fun and you always get a chance or two to sing along. If you have heard John before, we suspect you are marking your calendar now, and if you haven't heard him, we strongly recommend that you come hear him at his best, in live performance.