John McCutcheon in Concert

Sunday, June 17 at 3:00 pm

Whitman Auditorium | Virginia Western Community College
Colonial Avenue | Roanoke Virginia
General Admission | $20 | Directions

This event is sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of Roanoke Friends (Quaker) Meeting and is a benefit whose proceeds will provide humanitarian aid to the people of Cuba.

If you don’t know John McCutcheon, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained, and expect to carry home at least a couple of his CDs, if he has them available.

I first heard him play (his hammered dulcimer, I think) in the cafeteria at the community college where I had just started teaching at 26. He was playing music with some of my students (who have gone on themselves to be recognized local and regional musicians.) Our kids grew up to McCutcheon’s music.

Perhaps his most moving piece for which he wrote both music and lyrics is “Christmas in the Trenches“, a wonderful story in a song. Please read the words, and understand, at this benefit many years later, John is acting on his longstanding commitment to peaceful coexistence across borders. Do come on down if you can.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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