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John McCutcheon 

When: Thu., May 3, 8 p.m. 2018
Price: $30
Generally regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, veteran folk singer John McCutcheon only learned to play the instrument by happenstance. He had a girlfriend back in the early 1970s who went to a summer workshop at a West Virginia college. One of the classes was instrument building. They built a couple of different instruments. A hammered dulcimer was the first one. So on a visit to see her, McCutcheon learned to play it. More than any other instrument he’s ever played, he just took to it. That was a time when you couldn't just sign up for a class or go online and watch a YouTube video that would instruct you how to play an instrument. Expect to hear play the instrument tonight at Nighttown, a venue he loves, as he comes to town on a tour in support of his 39th album, Ghost Light. (Jeff Niesel)

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