Cedar Rapids – On November 21, two days after the 100th anniversary of Joe Hill’s execution, seven-time-Grammy nominated John McCutcheon will perform a one-man musical play dramatizing the union songwriter’s last hours in a Utah prison cell as he looks back over his life and sings many of his rabble-rousing songs. Joe Hill’s Last Will was written by McCutcheon’s friend and fellow songwriter Si Kahn. A proud itinerant worker, renowned poet and songwriter, Hill was an organizer for the fiery Industrial Workers of the World union and a songwriter for the Industrial Workers of the World, the Wobblies. After being framed for murder, he was sent to firing squad in Salt Lake City.
John McCutcheon is folk music’s Renaissance man: master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. He is a master of a dozen traditional instruments, including the hammer dulcimer, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and Jew’s harp.
His 30 recordings have garnered every honor imaginable, including seven Grammy nominations. His commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many issues important to communities and workers.
John McCutcheon in Joe Hill’s Last Will
Sat Nov 21 2015 – 8:00 pm
CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids, 319-364-1580, www.legionarts.org
$20 advance — $25 door