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02/05/19

John McCutcheon to Honor Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday at Play Circle

John McCutcheon to Honor Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday at Play Circle

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The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes John McCutcheon on Sunday, 02/17/19 at 7:30pm in the Play Circle. Prices for the event are as follows: General Public are $32, Union Members are $28, UW Faculty and Staff are $30, Youth are $20, and UW-Madison Students are $10. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours hereAt the time of this press release, two-thirds of the hall are sold-out.

 

Wisconsin native John McCutcheon is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has been an important figure in the American folk music scene since the 1970s. Covering a wide variety of traditions, including Appalachian dulcimer and fiddle music, protest songs, and children's albums, McCutcheon’s music blends personal and community anecdotes with his incredible instrumental ability. The legendary Johnny Cash once called him “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”

 

McCutcheon’s performance in the Play Circle will be a tribute to Pete Seeger, in honor of the folk legend’s 100th birthday. Seeger, like McCutcheon, used musical storytelling for social commentary and change, and devoted his artistry to singing and writing songs about international disarmament, civil rights, and environmental issues. Seeger is known for popularizing the song ‘We Shall Overcome,’ which went on to become a spiritual anthem during the American Civil Rights Movement. Over the course of his career, he also released several other chart-topping hits including ‘Goodnight Irene’ and ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone.’ Seeger was a star of folk music during the 20th century.

 

The concert is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee. This program was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.  WORT, 89.9 FM is the media sponsor.