Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John McCutcheon comes to Outer Banks

Published 10:41 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2023

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Bringing his encyclopedic knowledge of American folk music and composers to the Outer Banks, seven-time Grammy-nominated musician John McCutcheon is sure to delight everyone when he brings his stories, voice and many instruments to St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

With over 30 albums of his music available, John has proven he is one of the best interpreters of the American folk tradition. Yet his finest performances, he feels, happen when he is in front of a live audience.

His style is one part narration, two parts singing and many parts great musicianship as he performs on the dozen or so instruments he has mastered. Guitar, banjo, mandolin and even a rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer are part of his repertoire.

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He graduated from Minnesota’s St. John’s University, but his real education began when he spent time in the coal camps, churches and forgotten hollows of Appalachia. With that background, John’s music brings many of those stories to life.

But the songs of mountains are just one part of what he will happen on as he tells the story in song of many of the forgotten and overlooked people of our land, for John has been hailed for his understanding and presentation of the protest music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and the many composers of the American tradition of calling out a troubled people in song.

Brought to the Outer Banks by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, this is a performance the whole family will enjoy. The music will be wonderful, the narration delightful and the evening memorable.

John McCutcheon’s performance will be at St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $15 and are available at Gray’s Department Store, 3860 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk; Sea Green Gallery, 2404 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head; Downtown Books, 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo; and Island Bookstore, Scarborough Faire Shops. 1177 Duck Road, Duck. Tickets may also be purchased online at

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TowneBank of Currituck, OBX Chevrolet Buick, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills and Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk provide substantial support for this offering of events.

The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012. The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high-quality cultural events. These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts. The board strives to glean from the talent that has attained regional as well as national recognition to maintain a high standard.