$18 – $23

An evening with John Sheldon and Annie Guthrie

Hawks & Reed Presents
ALL AGES

Event Information

Performers

Performers

John Sheldon, Annie Guthrie

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Hawks & Reed Ballroom

289 Main St.

Greenfield, MA 01301

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Event description
Join us for an amazing evening of music with John Sheldon and Annie Guthrie!

About this Event

JOHN SHELDON -

John Sheldon is in his 50th year of writing songs, composing music and performing his unique style of electric and acoustic guitar. Performing credits include a stint when he was 17 as the lead guitarist for Van Morrison, songwriter for James Taylor, a member of the Sixties’ psychedelic jazz rock band The Bead Game (whose drummer was Jim Hodder, later of Steely Dan), and touring with Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor.

John has performed for five decades as a solo performer, as the lead singer-songwriter with his own rock band, Blue Streak, and in collaboration with other musicians and theater artists. John co-founded a new musical and spoken word collaboration, Do it now, with percussionist Tony Vacca and beat poet laureate Paul Richmond. Recently, John has performed with internationally acclaimed Senegalese talking drum master Massamba Diop.

John has written hundreds of songs and instrumentals. Since 1978, he has released 13 CDs of his own music.

Over the past few years, John has created several theatrical monolog pieces for the stage to share his autobiographical journey through music and the creative muse.

In The Red Guitar, John shares his musical coming-of-age journey through Rock-and-Roll and the Sixties. The Red Guitar performed to sell-out audiences and a five-star review by the Scotland Herald during his first two-week run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ANNIE GUTHRIE -

Annie Guthrie is the middle daughter of folksinger Arlo Guthrie and artist Jackie Guthrie, and had many options for inspiration growing up. At a young age she saw a picture of her grandmother Marjorie, a Martha Graham dancer, which motivated her to become a dancer. Her stubborn personality meant nothing was going to stop her. Eventually a knee injury slowed her down; that’s when Annie’s mother put a guitar in her hands and taught her a few chords. It didn’t take long for Annie to reinvent her love — she still dances, just a little differently now. She recalls her dad teaching her how to finger-pick Elizabeth Cotten’s song ‘Freight Train’. “My dad started off showing me the chords and saying, ‘Okay do this with your thumb,’ and he’d go away for a few months. He’d come back and ask me if I practiced. I was in love and couldn’t put the guitar down, so of course I practiced. Once he realized I wasn’t giving up, he kept adding a new finger and another string.”

Guthrie is a prolific songwriter and versatile musician who primarily plays acoustic guitar, bass, percussion and autoharp. Annie’s songs are honest, ranging from light and funny to gut-wrenching heartbreak (mostly gut-wrenching heartbreak); as her grandfather Woody Guthrie said, “You can only write what you see,” and she has taken that to heart, writing songs that tell it like it is.

Making her recording debut on Arlo Guthrie’s Someday album at the age of four, Annie went on to contribute vocals on Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs (1991), More Together Again (1994) and joined her father Arlo & family on All Over The World, a track included on Occupy This Album (2012) in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Dragonfly is Annie Guthrie’s long-awaited solo debut released in July of 2016. This collection of songs penned by Guthrie showcases her gift for directness and going straight for the heart. Annie’s honest approach to songwriting coupled with her soulful delivery makes Dragonfly a compelling and notable solo premiere.

Annie's single Feistier Than Gin, released December 2017, features Annie’s fierce wit and dark humor. Don’t ask her how she really feels—she will tell you! Feeling angry after the passing of her mother in 2012, Annie penned Feistier Than Gin in early 2013. “I was trying to lighten my mood, this is what I got. Music is the soundtrack to life. I was pissed that my mom died, and in love at the same time. When I put those feelings together with my guitar, Feistier Than Gin surfaced.”

“I’d like to thank you [Annie], for adding a whole new dynamic to folk music. One where we are not all sitting around reading our vegan cookbooks.” — David Amram

Share with friends

Performers

John Sheldon, Annie Guthrie

Date and Time

Location

Hawks & Reed Ballroom

289 Main St.

Greenfield, MA 01301

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Save This Event

Event Saved