John McCutcheon in concert at Madison County Arts Center, May 4

John McCutcheon Photo credit Irene Young

From a press release:

John McCutcheon in concert at Madison County Arts Center, May 4

John McCutcheon is no stranger to Madison County.  Back in the 1970’s, as he began to hone his instrumental skills and learn the old songs, John traveled to Western North Carolina where he drank from the fountains of rich musical traditions.

These traditions became the foundation of a career which spans over 35 years.  John is a repeat performer at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough.  He has recorded 36 albums which have garnered 6 Grammy nominations.

“John really is the guy who brought the Hammered Dulcimer to national prominence,” remarked Laura Boosinger, the Executive Director of The Madison County Arts Council.  “Johnny Cash called John the best instrumentalist he ever heard and Pete Seeger lauds him for his commitment to social activism.” His songwriting topics are as diverse as the story of the WWI soccer match between opposing armies on Christmas day or reflections drawn from raising two sons.

Whether in concert halls, coal camps, school auditoriums or the festival stage, John McCutcheon always delivers a heartfelt engaging performance. John will be in performance in a special “Sunday Set-In” at the Madison County Arts Center on May 4, at 4:00.  For more information visit

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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