JOHN McCUTCHEON presents "Joe Hill's Last Will"
An inspiring musical one-man play
A very special and unusual event - Joe Hill's Last Will is a one-man play starring John McCutcheon about the labor activist/songwriter Joe Hill' last day in prison before his execution.
“Joe Hill’s Last Will is a new one-man show you won’t want to miss. John McCutcheon doesn’t just play Joe Hill, he channels him. He welds his passion as a labor activist with great musical chops to create a Joe Hill who we want to follow through his loves, his disappointments and his triumphs. This unique show of stories and songs is perfect for a wide variety of public performances for folk music, labor history and general audiences.”
— Tom Juravich, Professor of Labor Studies and Sociology, UMass Amherst
“John McCutcheon brings Joe Hill’s words and music to life anew. Utilizing a single, simple space, we are taken from a barely-furnished prison cell to the sites of some of America’s great labor struggles to the execution yard of the Utah State Prison in 1915. McCutcheon’s musical prowess is formidable, breathing
life into songs that hardly seem 100 years old. Few artists could bring the skill and power to these songs that McCutcheon does. The audience was entranced from the first words to the final, dramatic conclusion. Theentire production is a theater producer’s dream.” — Elizabeth Craven, Founder and Artistic Director, Main Stage West, Sebastopol, California
“Joe Hill’s Last Will — A Must-See!
The words and music of iconic labor activist/songwriter Joe Hill come to life in a new production of Hill’s final day in prison, before his untimely execution by Utah authorities at the turn of the last century. John McCutcheon’s performance as Hill is absolutely riveting. Joe Hill is now a mostly forgotten figure today, but his activist spirit lives on and his
songs served to inspire generations that followed. Joe Hill’s Last Will succeeds in keepinghis memory alive for future generations to come — highly recommended!” — JoAnn Mar, radio producer/journalist, KALW in San Francisco
Songwriter and labor historian, Si Kahn, created the play based largely on Hill’s own words and using all of Hill’s music. Never before has Joe Hill’s entire catalog been presented at once. And in the hands of multi-Grammy nominee and folk music legend, John McCutcheon, rarely have they had such expertt reatment. McCutcheon’s tour-de-force acting, his rich voice, and stellar instrumental skills present Joe Hill and his music as never before. The story takes the issues of labor, immigration, workers’ rights, the death penalty, and war from the annals of 1915 to the headlines of 2014. It’s a story that America has been wrestling with for 100 years now.
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HERE IS A CLIP FROM THE PLAY
Here is a song about the Ludlow Massacre, a related event in the history of the labor movement.
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Blues, roots, bluegrass-pickin'"At last, a woman who plays guitar like a goddess, sings like an angel, writes like Dylan." - Booker T
She has earned the distinction of being the first and only woman to be invited to perform at the Cork's International Guitar Festival.
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An American LegendTom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. No less than Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the legendary poet, has said that he shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”
His newest album “The Rose of Roscrae” is due to release in April. We’ve have the prerelease version and it is awesome! Here’s a quote about it:
" An American Masterpiece isn't strong enough to describe the significance of this saga…. there's never been anything like it on the American music scene. "
Mike Hurshman, KAFM Radio, Colorado
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Phenomenal mandolinChris has been described by the International Bluegrass Music Association as the premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation. After receiving a Song of the Year nomination for writing the song “Walkin’ West to Memphis”, his skill as a songwriter has been receiving national attention as well. Thousands of terrestrial and Sirius satellite radio listeners have been hearing Chris’s original songs and tunes for years. The Hardcore Grass provides a perfect backing for his brand of hard-hitting bluegrass and nail-biting intensity that he brings to his picking and singing. Chris’s unique brand of bluegrass has been known to excite national and international audiences from front porches to the Grand Old Opry.
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