Event | Concerts and Performances Homegrown: John McCutcheon

Date and Location

Part of Homegrown Concerts

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John McCutcheon, master of the hammered dulcimer, will perform songs from the Library's American Folklife Center collections, including his own. McCutcheon is an American folksinger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is also proficient on many other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and jawharp.

Please join us to watch this presentation as it premieres on both the American Folklife Center Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/americanfolklifecenter and the Library's YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/loc/. The presentation will be available for viewing afterwards at those sites and on the Library of Congress website at https://www.loc.gov/concerts/folklife/ .

McCutcheon's 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.