A folk music pioneer in one unforgettable music event.
American folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie has become an iconic figure with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost 60 years.
Experiencing Guthrie live is a treat. His keen sense of humor and clever storytelling intermingles with his musical mixture of folk, rock, country, blues and gospel styles in songs almost equally divided between his own originals and well-chosen cover tunes.
Like his father Woody Guthrie, he is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice and storytelling around a song. Guthrie’s best-known work is Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, an 18-minute and 20-second partially sung comic monologue opposing the war and the backward reasoning of authority has become a quintessential anti-establishment anthem.
Since the first time he performed in public in 1961 at the age of 13, and after almost 60 years of shows, Arlo Guthrie, now in his 70s, has become an American folk elder – a keeper of the flame.
“A great reminder of just how effective a bit of absurdity can be when it comes to combating serious issues.” Rolling Stone
“An hour and a half in the presence of Guthrie is like receiving the most enjoyable and authoritative master class on 20th-century American folk music one could possibly have.” The Independent, London
Mon Apr 22
Canberra Theatre Centre