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Folksinger McCutcheon will Perform for Juniata Artist Series

(Posted October 25, 2004)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Politically outspoken and tuneful folksinger John McCutcheon will perform a concert of his own songs and classic protest tunes at Juniata College at 8:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1 in Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall on the Juniata campus.

For tickets and information about the Juniata College Artist Series, please call (814) 641-3605. General admission tickets for single performances are $20, except where otherwise noted. Single-show tickets for seniors over age 65 and children age 18 and under are $12. Juniata College students are admitted free with a student ID.

McCutcheon is an instrumental virtuoso who can play 20 different instruments, from guitar to hammer dulcimer. He has recorded more than 20 albums and has been nominated for a Grammy Award five times.

He also is the author of collected songbooks and two children's books. His most recent recordings include "Stand Up! Broadsides for Our Time," "The Greatest Story Never Told," "Supper's On the Table," "Storied Ground" and "Springsongs."

For his next recording, McCutcheon will collaborate with such authors as Rita Dove, Barbara Kingsolver, Lee Smith and Sister Helen Prejean.

He also has incorporated political commentary into both his songwriting and concert appearances. Some of his more recent protest songs include the tunes "Ashcroft's Army," "The Boys in Green" and "Lazarus."

While he maintains a steady schedule of concerts, McCutcheon also makes time to perform at smaller venues such as farm rallies and elementary schools. He has traveled to Russia to tour with a Russian folksinger in 1991 and he has toured Nicaragua to support a children's literacy program.

At Juniata, McCutcheon will give a workshop that is tied to the college's history/music course "Civil Rights and Songs," taught by David Hsiung (pronounced "Shung"), professor of history, and Russell Shelley, associate professor of music. The workshop will meet at 3 p.m. Monday in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.