Rod MacDonald - Opening is Lydia Fortune and Phil Nigro
MacDonald's songwriting influences include Phil Ochs, Richard Fariña, and Bob Dylan. True to the folk tradition, MacDonald is not afraid to get political, take chances, and perhaps shock some people. Songs like "American Jerusalem," "White Buffalo," and "Every Living Thing" have been covered by his peers and his elders, including musicians Garnet Rogers, Jean Redpath, Gordon Bok, Happy Traum, and Shawn Colvin. MacDonald's place in the folk hall of fame is assured by his "A Sailor's Prayer," a hymn-styled tune that many people have mistaken for a traditional song.
MacDonald issued a pair of albums in the 1980s, No Commercial Traffic in 1983 and White Buffalo in 1985, and two albums by the singer/songwriter appeared on Shanachie Records during the following decade, 1992's Highway to Nowhere and 1994's The Man on the Ledge. And Then He Woke Up and Into the Blue appeared on Gadfly in 1996 and 1999, respectively, and during the new millennium his recordings have included 2002's Recognition, 2005's A Tale of Two Americas, 2009's After the War, and 2011's Songs of Freedom. Rod MacDonald has been based in Florida since the mid-'90s.
A self-proclaimed non-commercial artist, MacDonald has released 10 solo recordings on several record labels in the US, 8 in Europe on the Swiss label Brambus, and 21 songs with Smithsonian Folkways (through the Fast Folk Musical Magazine). As with many independent artists, his recordings are often sold directly at concerts, with no definitive sales figures. He has appeared onstage with fellow artists, including Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Odetta, Tom Paxton, the Violent Femmes, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Dave Van Ronk, Emmylou Harris, Richie Havens, Ani DiFranco, Tom Chapin, Jack Hardy and David Massengill. He has performed at the Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Florida, South Florida, Riverhawk, Boston, Kerrville, Greenwich Village, Port Fairy (Australia) and Trowbridge (UK) festivals, and on the radio program Mountain Stage. He was reportedly the first American singer to tour the newly-liberated Czech Republic in 1991, and has made 35 tours in Europe since 1985, nearly all of them with NYC bassist Mark Dann.
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse / 1st U. Church of Worcester (View)
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Worcester, MA 01608
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