Kingsolver to join Emmy-nominated musician John McCutcheon in support of congressional candidate

Internationally acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver and seven-time Grammy-nominated musician John McCutcheon are combining for a fundraising evening in support of the Flaccavento for Congress campaign. The event takes place on Saturday, August 18 at The Wytheville Meeting Center on the Wytheville Community College campus in Wytheville, Virginia.

Kingsolver, a resident of Washington County, Virginia, will read from her upcoming novel Unsheltered, and attendees will have a chance to bid on two advance copies of the book.  McCutcheon will perform with some of his seven instruments of mastery:  the hammer dulcimer,  guitarbanjoautoharpmountain dulcimerfiddle, and jawharp.

McCutcheon is a folk musician and producer with a demonstrated commitment to grassroots organizations and local issues.  Pete Seeger called him “one of the best musicians in the USA.”  Johnny Cash called him “The most impressive instrumentalist I have ever heard.”  McCutcheon has produced 34 albums, and one of his most successful songs is Christmas in the Trenches about a spontaneous war-time holiday truce in 1914.

According to Anthony Flaccavento, whose congressional campaign will receive the proceeds of this event, “I am humbled to have Barbara Kingsolver and John McCutcheon sharing their talents on my behalf. Both have deep ties to Virginia’s 9th Congressional district.  They know the people and the culture of this area, and they know that the region deserves better opportunities for its citizens.  This evening with the two of them will be spectacular, and the funds they raise will help elect a Representative who will look after the interests of everyday people.”

The event takes place from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Price of admission is $50 for adults and $25 for students, and proceeds go to the Flaccavento campaign. Tickets may be purchased through the campaign website,  More information about purchasing tickets by phone is available through email at or by phone at 423-444-2635.

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