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John McCutcheon

April 8, 2017

8 pm

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John McCutcheon’s wrote his first award-winning song, “The Ponderosa No-Cream-in-My-Coffee Blues,” at the age of 15.  Penned at the greasy spoon of the same name in his hometown, Wausau, Wisconsin,  it won him his high school talent show. Since then, he has gone on to write hundreds of songs and garner innumerable accolades. His eclectic repertoire includes ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satires, fiddle and hammered dulcimer instrumentals, and symphonic works. He has issued 36 albums to date and has earned six Grammy nominations. His newest album, “Trolling for Dreams” was released this past February.


A master storyteller with deep roots in American traditional music, John’s approach to song writing reflects simplicity and layered complexity. His songs are more then they seem at first, expanding the small and personal into the universal. “All big things start with little things,” John says. “The way in which a song is able to open up the universal from the personal is one of the great joys of writing.” His classic folk song, “Christmas in the Trenches,” has been named one of the “10 Essential Folk Songs.”


In addition to his own writing, John has collaborated with some of the major songwriting talents in the folk music world including Tom Paxton, Si Kahn, Holly Near, Steve Seskin, and Tom Chapin. In 2006 he released an album of collaborations, “Mightier than the Sword,” in which he co-wrote songs with some of his favorite authors, including Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, Rita Dove, Lee Smith, and Carmen Agra Deedy. He has worked in the Woody Guthrie Archives, completing some of Guthrie’s unfinished songs. He also has composed musical settings for the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Jose Martí.



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