John McCutcheon 2019

John McCutcheon:      Concert on March 2 

Performing an afternoon show at 4 PM, Saturday, March 2nd

at the 1st Presbyterian Church (114 SW 8th) in Corvallis.

Whether in print, on record, or on stage, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit or pure talent of John McCutcheon.  John’s concerts are always popular, and we get people who travel great distances to attend his Corvallis shows, so get your tickets early.  Even though John is touring less now, we are getting him yet again this year because he likes Corvallis so much.  Advance tickets are available at Grass Roots Books starting Jan 15:  $20 for CFS, $23 nonmembers; add $3 at the door. Online tickets available now at www.tickettomato.com for $23 plus a fee.

Multiple Grammy-nominee McCutcheon charms audiences with “story telling that has the richness of fine literature” (Washington Post) and his mastery of a stage full of folk instruments is simply amazing.   He plays guitar, fiddle, autoharp, banjo, jaw harp, (hambone if we are lucky) and is best known for his hammered dulcimer playing.  A John McCutcheon concert is always energizing, fun, uplifting, community building, and his audiences leave with a renewed sense of hope for humanity. “This notion of telling stories of ordinary people who have done great things, and carrying those stories from one place to another, of telling people ‘this is where I’ve been, these are the stories I can bring you,’ is the heart of what I do,” McCutcheon sums up. “That’s my goal. If you can recognize yourself in my songs, then I’ve done my job.”   

His 40 recordings have gathered many honors including 7 Grammy nominations.  His newest recording is a celebration of Pete Seeger called To Everyone in All the World.  In this wide-ranging tribute to the music of his friend and mentor Pete Seeger, McCutcheon draws from an amazing swath of the folk music world: the bluegrass of Hot Rize, the Cajun soul of Beausoleil, the stunning harmonies of Canada’s Finest Kind, the lush alto of Nicaragua’s Katia Cardenal, blues great Corey Harris, fiddle wizard Stuart Duncan, and country music’s Suzy Bogguss.  McCutcheon’s inventive arrangements and familiar ease with the material showcase the spectrum of music left us by the iconic Seeger.  It is also, like Seeger’s music, a love letter “to everyone in all the world.”

But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. It is what 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.” He has so much material we never know what he might perform, and of course he gives the audience a chance to request their favorites in the second half, so plan ahead with those requests!

So if you want to laugh, cry, be inspired, and feel like you are a part of a big community, then don’t miss this concert. More information about John McCutcheon is on his website at www.folkmusic.com     For info or to volunteer, call Chere Pereira  541-753-9224.