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photo by marilyn cvitanic

photo by marilyn cvitanic


New York-based multi-instrumentalist/songwriter John Kruth’s new album “Forever Ago” was recorded in Spoleto, Italy last February, an auditory antipasti of ballads, tarantella and blues. See John and this fabulous Italian band featuring Claudio Scarabottini on piano and mandolin (a veteran of La Mama Theater) and the fabulous accordionist Gianluca Bibiani perform live, with an opening set by legendary Umbrian folksinger Massimo Liberatori.

John Kruth is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica and sitar. Kruth recently traveled to Italy to record his 11th solo album Forever Ago with the Umbrian-based band La Società dei Musici. This past summer he toured Italy, Hungary and Croatia. As a sideman Kruth has performed and collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Violent Femmes, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, John Prine, Rick Danko, John Corigliano, Sam Shepard and Ornette Coleman.

Massimo Liberatori from Spello, (Umbria) Italy, is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, harmonica, and accordion. A folk ballad singer, Massimo also breeds donkeys and produces olive oil from a grove on Monte Subasio. As songwriter he has won the Città di Recanati Awards three times and received an honourable mention at the Giovanna Daffini award in the Italian "Ballad Singers" contest. With seven albums to date, Liberatori’s latest, Tratturo Zero  features La Società dei Musici and John Kruth.