Folk singer to play in Oxford

Rod MacDonald will perform at Saturday at 6 On The Square in Oxford.

American folk singer Rod MacDonald will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 6 On The Square in Oxford. 

MacDonald began his musical career in the early 1970s, becoming “one of Greenwich Village’s leading singer/songwriters and recognized as one of the most politically and socially aware lyricists of our time,” a media release from 6OTS said. He has toured and performed all over the world and has recorded 11 solo albums. 

“A tenor with a clear voice and wide range, MacDonald is often cited for both his dynamic acoustic music and the insightful content of his songs,” the release said. Although usually labeled a folk singer, his musical styles include rock, pop, country, light jazz and blues. He was involved in the ‘80s folk revival in Greenwich Village clubs, and co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. He has also written extensively of experiences on U.S. Indian reservations and in Europe, living in Italy.

MacDonald has appeared on stage alongside artists such as Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Odetta, Suzanne Vega, Dave Van Ronk and Richie Havens. He was reportedly the first American singer to tour the newly independent Czech Republic in 1991, and has made 35 tours in Europe since 1985.

“Rod MacDonald is a brilliant folk singer and composer,” The Press of Atlantic City wrote. “His melodic songs possess words that go straight into your heart and soul.” 

Tickets are available at $15 online in advance, or $18 on performance day. Student tickets are available by reservation at $2 for those younger than 18. For information or to make a reservation, call 843-6876 or visit

Upcoming shows include Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette on April 25; Bill Staines on May 8; and Craig Bickhardt, a fundraiser for Chenango County Habitat for Humanity, on May 16, all at 7:30 p.m. Doors open an hour before showtime. 

6 On The Square Inc., a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, community music and arts venue, is at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford.

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