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January 9, 2018 > Folksinger John McCutcheon ? a January treat

Folksinger John McCutcheon ? a January treat

Submitted By Bruce L. Roberts

Nationally renowned folk musician and instrumentalist John McCutcheon returns to Fremont for his 15th annual concert at the Club Saint J (also known as Saint James? Episcopal Church)! The six-time Grammy-nominated McCutcheon plays numerous instruments (seven or so of which he is a master) including piano, guitar, auto harp, and banjo, and is one of the world's master players of the beautiful hammered dulcimer. He brings his pile of instruments, unflagging enthusiasm, his strength as a composer, his stories, and his singing voice to a concert/celebration on January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday.

Over his 40-plus year career the internationally known singer has recorded 39 albums of music, and helped start the first traveling musician?s union, the Local 1000 ( Johnny Cash once referred to him as "the most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard." McCutcheon sings and tells the stories of just common folk, often points out the foibles of those in high places, or, just as importantly, celebrates the wonders of family.

McCutcheon?s concert songs range from audience favorites to new songs written since his last visit. Besides his choice of songs in the first half of the program, he asks the audience for their choices which he sings after intermission. McCutcheon?s newest CD, ?Ghost Light,? will be released in February, and he will sing a few songs from the album at the concert. He may sing a Woody Guthrie song or one that Woody started and he, McCutcheon, finished. He may perform ?Christmas in the Trenches? or ?Leviathan? or ?Soup? ? McCutcheon standards. Who knows what stories he may tell or which politician he may pick on ? musically? Come to this concert for all ages and sing along with McCutcheon!

How does one leave a John McCutcheon concert? Always in high spirits, often humming a tune, often with a lilt in one?s step. To participate in the concert at the Club Saint J, contact Saint James? Episcopal Church at (510) 797-1492, ext. 203, or For more about John McCutcheon, go to

John McCutcheon Concert
Monday, Jan 15
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
St. James? Episcopal Church
37051 Cabrillo Ter, Fremont
(510) 797-1492 ext. 203
Tickets: $27 adults, $15 children 12 & under, children under 5 free

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