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The Club Saint J Invites John McCutcheon to Sing

For the fifteenth year, the Club Saint J will host 6-time Grammy nominee John McCutcheon to sing at St. James’. Time is getting short to obtain your tickets for the night of singing and stories that John provides. When? January 21 at 7:30 PM.

One would think that John McCutcheon is backed by a band for all the different instruments played at his concerts. Nope. John plays them all himself: Guitar, 12-string guitar, hammer dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, autoharp and piano. He plays them as a master. Furthermore, he writes his own songs as well as covering the songs of other folk heroes such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. His own songs such as “Immigrant,” “Leviathan,” “Room at the Top of the Stairs, and a winter favorite “Soup.”  And this year he is celebrating what would have been Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday with a new recording.

For many folks a concert means going to San Francisco or San Jose or Oakland. Well, here is a first-class concert nearly in our own backyard, on a holiday evening, Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday. John sings about real people, their joys and sorrows, their accomplishments – with tunes that are easy to remember and maybe to sing along with if you choose. Do you remember a John McCutcheon song that you would like him to sing? Jot it on a piece of paper and give it to him so he can make the song part of the concert after intermission.

And there is even more fun at the intermission. Cookies and coffee and even a drawing for delightful prizes. And John will have CDs and books for sale as well. He stays after the concert in the Parish Hall so he can autograph CDs and talk with you, the audience members. All in all, it is a fun evening. What does it cost? Tickets are $27 each for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, under 5 for free. Mastercard, Visa, Check or cash. Drawing tickets (be sure to check out the prizes) are $1 each or 6 for $5 or multiples thereof.