John McCutcheon concert review

I had the sincere pleasure of attending my first (but definitely not my last) John McCutcheon concert last night at Wolf Trap's Barns of Wolf Trap venue.

It turns out that it was also my first time at the Barns, which didn't disappoint either. Holding about 345 people, it is a quaint, but comfortable setting with nice acoustics and very comfortable air conditioning (important for the summer).

But, I digress. The concert was great. His introductions and segues were a joy and the man is a master of each of the instruments that he played (including the autoharp, hammer dulcimer, piano, 6- and 12-string guitars, and banjo).

The songs ran from the folk standard "This Land is Your Land" to some of his newer stuff, like "Ashcroft's Army".

The audience was very involved (positively) and I felt as if I was the only one who hadn't been to all 26 of his previous concerts at the venue. Not that I felt left out, I just didn't know the words to all of the older tunes.

When all was said and done, it was a great evening. Thanks to Amanda, Sally, and Mary for dragging me with.