Th continuation of the four-show series of live streamed concerts by 50th-year folkster John McCutcheon will continue Oct. 16, with an all-request show, enriched by McCutcheon’s telling the stories behind the songs. You can request a song two different ways: in the chat on the show watch page once you’ve purchased a ticket or send it via the Contact section of www.folkmusic.com.
The third show in the series will be Nov. 13, and debut several songs co-written with Tom (Last Thing on My Mind) Paxton in the past two years and showcase one that’s already been released to worldwide acclaim: Ukrainian Now. The series finale, on Dec. 11, will be “Winter Solstice: A Holiday Concert with John McCutcheon”.
All online concerts are on Sundays starting at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Ticket-holders get links for watching the shows live and also for replay any time in the 48 hours afterwards. The replay option is handy if 4 p.m. is inconvenient, or you want to enjoy a show a second time, or with pauses to catch the wonderful lyrics better.
For tickets, use the drop-down menu at this link. The regular single-concert ticket price is $20, plus $4.60 in fees. The bundled ticket for the remaining three shows is $50, plus $11.50 in fees. Lower single-ticket prices are available for students and unemployed people. Other options include “family/household” and “music supporter” tickets.
A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Pasadena Folk Music Society, and help cover costs of future in-person concerts. We are partnering with John for this series as we did for some well-received online shows last spring. From those live streams, we know we can expect smooth audio-visual logistics and an enjoyable show, almost as if sitting in McCutcheon’s living room with him.
Not familiar with John’s music? Check out The Ride, one of 18 songs on his new album. It starts the album on a theme about taking risks, matching the exclaimed “Leap!” imperative of the album title. All 18 songs were written during the COVID pandemic. John says, “These are not songs about the pandemic. They are songs because of the pandemic.”
While awaiting the return of in-person events with the Pasadena Folk Music Society, please support live music at the Coffee Gallery Backstage and other Los Angeles area locations. bandsintown is a concert discovery website searchable by location, type of music, artist, date, and many other criteria. Follow this link for the October folk music listings.
The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena continues to add shows through October 14th to its calendar of in-person concerts.
Other Streaming Options
BBC Radio has a wide range of Folk, Roots and Acoustic music. This link will take you to an overview of current programs available for 30 days up to a year or more.