Internationally acclaimed folksinger John McCutcheon will perform a benefit concert for the Richmond Peace Education Center on Sunday evening, June 22. He will include a tribute to Pete Seeger, the legendary American folk singer and activist.The show will be held at 7 p.m., at the Maggie Walker Governors School auditorium at 1000 Lombardy Street. Proceeds from the show benefit the programs of the Richmond Peace Education Center. (Visit the webpage here)
Tickets for the concert cost $25 for adults, $10 for students, and $90 for a bundle of four adult tickets. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.rpec.org/john-mccutcheon-concert or call the offices of the Richmond Peace Education Center at 232-1002.
John McCutcheon is a world renowned musician and composer. His songs and stories have been making audiences of all ages laugh, cry, and think for almost forty years. McCutcheon is an extraordinary musician, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, piano, autoharp, fiddle and even the nyckelharpa, a Swedish hurdy-gurdy. His hammered dulcimer playing is among the many highlights of a John McCutcheon show.
Pete Seeger died in January of this year at age 94. His best-known songs include “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” (with Joe Hickerson), If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song), and “Turn! Turn! Turn!.” Seeger was one of the folksingers most responsible for popularizing the spiritual civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” He was a supporter of the labor movement, the struggle for Civil Rights, and the peace movement. At the January 2008 inauguration of President Barack Obama, he sang all of the verses to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.”
McCutcheon has recorded more than thirty albums and has been nominated for six Grammy awards. In addition, he has authored children’s books and essays, and is a long-time activist for peace and social justice.
The Richmond Peace Education Center has been a leading voice for nonviolence in the Richmond community for more than three decades.Through programs on conflict resolution and violence prevention, racial reconciliation, and global issues, the center is making a difference in the region.