Smart bets: John McCutcheon

Folk musician John McCutcheon is a true multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and jawharp, and he’s considered a master of the hammered dulcimer. All of those instruments no doubt came in handy in the recording of more than 30 albums, many on the Rounder label. If McCutcheon’s name isn’t immediately familiar, his songs certainly are — “Christmas in the Trenches,” of example, is a warm and fuzzy retelling of a 1914 truce during World War 1. His latest release, Joe Hill’s Last Will, pays homage to a Swedish-American musician and labor organizer. McCutcheon played the role of Hill onstage in Si Kahn’s one-man play of the same name. He performs at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. $20. avl.mx/1w2. Photo by Irene Young

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Alli Marshall is the arts section 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 winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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