McCutcheon back after sell-out show

John McCutcheon returns to Geelong next weekend. (Irene Young)

By Luke Voogt

US folk singer of half a century John McCutcheon will return to Geelong next Thursday following a sold-out show at the Potato Shed last month.

McCutcheon comes to Geelong West on March 12 after the Port Fairy Folk Festival this weekend.

“I’ve survived this business for almost 50 years,” he told the Independent, a week before the sold-out Drysdale show on February 29.

“I’m still curious, creative and writing more and better than ever.

“Every once in a while, in the middle of a song, I’ll think, ‘I can’t believe I can do this!’”

From the Appalachians to the former Soviet Union, McCutcheon has travelled far as a singer, song-writer, and story-teller, with a repertoire of at least nine instruments.

He last toured Australia four years ago.

“Since (then) I’ve released three albums and a book,” the 67-year-old said.

“I’m (recording) a new album, so there’ll be lots of new songs this tour, but plenty of old favourites, as well.”

McCutcheon’s most recent album pays tribute to his late mentor and American cultural icon Pete Seeger.

His promoter Sandy Merrigan told the Independent this week that the sell-out had resulted in a “few disappointed people.”

“On the basis of further interest we have slated a ‘pop up’ show at The Green Room, Pakington Street (at 7.30pm),” she said.