John McCutcheon National Folk Icon at EOH on July 20

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 6 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.

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 6 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.

John McCutcheon comes to the historic main stage of the Earlville Opera House on Sunday, July 20th at 8 pm. Many know the six-time Grammy-nominated John McCutcheon for his whimsical children’s works, but like many folkies he’s also dedicated to the idea of social justice, equality, and intelligent songwriting. He is a master at the hammer dulcimer as well as guitar and a host of other instruments. “The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard,” remarked Johnny Cash when he saw McCutcheon play. Bruce Ward Architect generously sponsors this concert.

The All Music Guide describes the journey of this national folk icon, “Like thousands of others in the ’60s, McCutcheon, a Wisconsin native, taught himself how to play a mail-order guitar and joined the local folk scene. His interest became more serious, however, when he sought to find the roots of this music. McCutcheon headed for Appalachia and learned from some of the legendary greats of traditional folk music. Along the way, he became adept at a multitude of instruments, including fiddle, banjo, guitar, autoharp, jaw harp, and especially the hammered dulcimer. McCutcheon is considered one of the undisputed masters on the hammered dulcimer and adapts much of his music around the instrument.”

“The breadth of John McCutcheon’s talent is staggering. The only problem is the inadequacy of the printed word to describe the genuine pleasure of the nearly three-hour performance. I would have stayed for another three. Judging from the standing ovations from the 1,100 other concert goers I would not have been alone.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer

Here’s another you tube link: The Room at the Top of the Stairs

The Oakland Tribune declared, “John McCutcheon is the Bruce Springsteen of Folk Music…a national treasure!” Don’t miss a chance to see him in the incredible acoustics of the 1892 historic opera house. Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $25, $23 EOH members, $20 students. Premium seating applies in the first 4 rows. This concert is a member special event. EOH members may contact the EOH for details about bringing free guests who have never been to the EOH before! The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Folk music's renaissance man, incredible instrumentalist, powerful-singer songwriter, storyteller, activist and author, John McCutcheon is an award-winning recording artist with a storytelling style compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor..."He has a nuncanny ability to breather new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature." Washington Post

Folk music’s renaissance man, incredible instrumentalist, powerful-singer songwriter, storyteller, activist and author, John McCutcheon is an award-winning recording artist with a storytelling style compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor…”He has a nuncanny ability to breather new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature.” Washington Post

During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists as well as the homemade desserts in the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

 

 

 

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