At 7 p.m. on Jan. 13, Colin Cutler will be releasing his newest EP in the upper room at Jack’s Run Brewing in Purcellville before heading off on tour through Virginia and North Carolina. Colin is a guitar- and banjo-wielding poet with a couple of harmonicas in his pocket and his roots firmly in Appalachian old-time and early country and blues.
Cutler released his first full album, Nelson County Wayside, in 2016. A banjo-driven collection of traditional tunes and originals written in the same vein, the album was crowdfunded by a Kickstarter campaign and received airplay on several college radio stations. Cutler started songwriting 5 years ago while living in Purcellville and cut his teeth at the King’s Court open mic in Leesburg before moving to Greensboro, North Carolina, for graduate school.
At 2 p.m. on Jan. 14, Cutler will be giving a presentation on the roots of Appalachian old-time music in Scots-Irish fiddle tunes, northern English ballads, and African rhythms in the Robey Room at Purcellville Library.
A songwriter with a full album and an EP under his belt, Cutler focused on the history of Anglo-Appalachian ballads while studying for an M.A. in English at UNC-Greensboro.