John McCutcheon | Songs from the American Folklife Center Archive
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM
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John McCutcheon is an American folksinger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and is also proficient on many other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and jawharp. His eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instrumentals, and even symphonic works, are among the broadest in American folk music. His vast repertoire also includes songs from many other contemporary writers. His own songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song "Christmas in the Trenches" is considered a classic and was named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs by NPR, alongside "John Henry," "This Land Is Your Land," and "Blowin' in the Wind." His thirty-six albums have earned six Grammy nominations.
McCutcheon is also a collector of folk music. During his fieldwork in Appalachia he collected from and learned from some of the legendary greats of traditional music, such as Roscoe Holcomb, I.D. Stamper, and Tommy Hunter. McCutcheon also traveled and collected with traditional musician and folklorist Mike Seeger. Most of this fieldwork is part of the permanent collections of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.
For this concert McCutcheon will perform songs from AFC collections, including his own.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2020 concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, Wednesdays from June 24-September 30. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.