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January 9, 2007 > Folksinger John McCutcheon to visit Fremont

Folksinger John McCutcheon to visit Fremont

By Mona Shah

Folksinger, composer and instrumentalist John McCutcheon will perform at St. James' Episcopal Church on Monday, January 15. The all-ages performance will feature his unique folk music and mastery of many instruments, including the hammer dulcimer.

John McCutcheon has emerged as one of America's most respected and loved folksingers. A master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer, Johnny Cash called him, "the most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard." Critics and singers around the globe have hailed his songwriting. His twenty-six recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including an almost unprecedented five consecutive Grammy nominations.

Even prior to graduating summa cum laude from Minnesota's St. John's University, the Wisconsin native literally "headed for the hills" forgoing a college lecture hall for the classroom of the eastern Kentucky coal camps, union halls country churches and square dance halls. His apprenticeship with many legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only homemade music, but also a sense of community and "rootedness." The result is music ... whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs ... with the profound mark of place, family, and strength. It also created a storytelling style that has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.

McCutcheon has been described as "Virginia's Rustic Renaissance Man," a moniker flawed only by its understatement. Besides his usual circuit of major concert halls and theaters, John is equally at home in an elementary school auditorium, a festival stage or at a farm rally. He is a whirlwind of energy packing a multitude of lifetimes into one. John headlines festivals, records music, tours the world, gives concerts and teaches college classes. And this is all in his "spare time." His "real job" he's quick to point out, is father to two sons.

General admission tickets are on sale now for $20, $15 for children under age 12. Children under age 5 are admitted free of charge. For ticket information, call the St. James' office at 510-797-1492 or visit www.saintj.com.

Monday, January 15
7:30 p.m.
Folksinger John McCutcheon
St. James' Episcopal Church
37051 Cabrillo Terrace, Fremont.
(510) 797-1492

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