Photo by Irene Young
On Thursday, January 10, 2019, beloved musician-storyteller John McCutcheon returned to the historic Mokelumne Hill Town Hall for a sold-out performance. Foothill Conservancy introduced John to this area in 1992 and has presented him several times since. In every show, he has delighted, inspired, amused, and transported his audience. We were happy to have John back after so many years. His last Conservancy benefit was in 2001 and his last Mokelumne Hill performance was in 2004.
A native of Wisconsin who resides in Georgia, John spent years immersing himself in the traditional music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. He is one of the country’s most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, John is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His 30 recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations and Parents’ magazine awards.
John’s performance featured original and traditional songs along with engaging stories. He played a number of songs from his most-recent album. That recording is a tribute to the legendary Pete Seeger, who would have turned 100 this year. It was a special treat to hear John debut a song at the show, one he had written that afternoon on the balcony of Mokelumne Hill’s Hotel Leger.
We’d like to thank everyone who came and enjoyed the show, and especially our administrative assistant Carolyn Schooley, sound guy Pete Bell, and the many volunteers who set up and broke down the hall, schlepped sound gear, and otherwise made the evening a great success.