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A story and a song: John McCutcheon visits USC

By Megan Sexton, msexton@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-1421

The legendary Johnny Cash once called John McCutcheon “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”

But instrumentalist is just one way to describe McCutcheon. Along with playing the hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, autoharp and fiddle, he’s also a respected children’s author, a renowned storyteller and a folk musician who has recorded more than 30 albums. His storytelling style has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor and The Washington Post has described him as folk music’s “rustic renaissance man.”

And he’ll be bringing all of his talents to the University of South Carolina Sept. 6. McCutcheon will lead a storytelling workshop for librarians and educators at 4:30 p.m. and a storytelling program for all ages starting at 7 p.m. Both programs, which are free and open to the public, will be in Rutledge Chapel on USC’s Horseshoe. No registration is required.

The event is sponsored by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy.

“We are delighted to bring the gifted storyteller and musician, John McCutcheon, to campus to share his talents with USC students and faculty, as well as librarians, teachers, family and friends from around the state. McCutcheon’s engaging stories, enhanced through his use of a banjo, autoharp, guitar, dulcimer and piano, have been entertaining audiences of all ages for years,” said Karen Gavigan, assistant professor and chair of the SLIS Storytelling Experience Committee.

For more information about McCutcheon’s performances, contact Karen Gavigan, 803-777-0197 or kgavigan@mailbox.sc.edu.

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