John McCutcheon and his band will perform a “Winter Solstice” concert at UW-Washington County (UW-WC) on Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm in the campus theatre. The Grammy nominated musician with over 30 recordings, is known as Folk Music’s Rustic Renaissance Man (Washington Post). He is a singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, storyteller, author, activist, and poet. A master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer, McCutcheon’s songwriting has been hailed by critics and musicians around the world. Johnny Cash called him “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”
Even before graduating summa cum laude from Minnesota’s St. John’s University, this Wisconsin native literally “headed for the hills,” forgoing a college lecture hall for the classroom of the eastern Kentucky coal camps, union halls, country churches and square dance halls. His apprenticeship with many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only home-made music, but a sense of community and rootedness. The result is music — whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs — with the profound mark of place, family and strength. It also created a storytelling style that has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.
Tickets for Friday’s performance are $15 adults, $13 seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18). Tickets may be purchased at the door (while supplies last) or in the main office between 8am and 5pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 4:30pm on Friday. Reservations can be made by calling (262)-335-5208 or emailing WSH-Tickets@uwc.edu. The University is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. The theatre is located on the second floor of the campus. Free parking is available. For more information, visit the campus website at washington.uwc.edu.