Rod MacDonald will perform June 10 at Music on Malphrus, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with performance at 7 p.m. 

MacDonald rose to prominence in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the 1980s, where he was a big part of the era’s folk revival, and where he headlined Village clubs and co-founded the Greenwich Village Folk Festival. 

A recording and touring artist since 1983, he has performed in the Philadelphia, Winnipeg, Florida, Kerrville, South Florida, Port Fairy (Australia), Trowbridge (UK), and Friuli (Italy) folk festivals, and on the radio program Mountain Stage.

He is perhaps best known for his songs “American Jerusalem,” about the “contrast between the rich and the poor in Manhattan,” “A Sailor’s Prayer,” “Coming of the Snow,” “Every Living Thing,” and “My Neighbors in Delray” – a description of the Sept. 11 hijackers’ last days in Delray Beach, Fla., where MacDonald has lived since 1995. 

With 11 CDs and 100 performances annually throughout North America and Europe, MacDonald continues to dazzle audiences with his passionate singing and thought-provoking writing. His songs have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Jonathan Edwards, Dave Van Ronk, Happy Traum, David Rowe, Four Bitchin’ Babes, Garnet Rogers, Joe Jencks, and many other singers. 

His latest CD, “Later That Night,” reached No. 3 nationally on the Roots Music Folk charts in February 2015, with the song “Raven” at No. 1.  On May 1, 2018, MacDonald released his 13th solo recording, “Beginning Again,” on Blue Flute Music. 

MacDonald has appeared on stage with fellow artists, including Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Odetta, Tom Paxton, Emmylou Harris, Richie Havens, and numerous others. He was reportedly the first American singer to tour the newly independent Czech Republic in 1991, and has made 40 tours in Europe since 1985, nearly all of them with NYC bassist Mark Dann.

MacDonald is also a published author. His first novel, “The Open Mike,” about a young singer-songwriter in the bohemian scene of Greenwich Village, was published in 2014.  

General admission tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, email or call 843-837-3330.