Folk musician John McCutcheon takes the Caltech stage Saturday for a performance at a Pasadena Folk Music Society show.

The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist boasts a sizeable influence on today’s folk music scene. The Washington Post has hailed him as “Virginia’s rustic Renaissance man.” He’s released some 40 recordings and collected six Grammy nominations.

McCutcheon can easily transition from guitar to fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, authoharp and many other traditional instruments. He also is a top vocalist and possesses a strong activist side. Pete Seeger once paid him high praise for his musicianship and as a force for moving the world in a better direction. His songs are filled with compassion, humor and audience involvement, which makes him a popular draw at Folk Music Society shows.

McCutcheon’s latest release is “To Everyone in All the World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger.”

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Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in Beckman Institute Auditorium, 400 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena, on the Caltech campus. Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for Caltech students and children younger than 12. Call (626) 395-4652 or visit