Carrie Newcomer to perform at GSMF

Monday, July 8, 2024
Carrie Newcomer

Singer/songwriter and educator Carrie Newcomer, joined by pianist Gary Walters, will make a special Greencastle Summer Music Festival appearance this Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Gobin Church.

There is no admission charge for the open-seating event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A suggested donation of $20 is welcome.

“We recommend coming early to make sure you get a good seat; we anticipate a larger-than-usual crowd,” GSMF director Eric Edberg said.

In honor of the special event, The Whisk is opening on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a pre-concert happy hour, with dinner specials prepared by Chef Kaitlyn Kissel. The Inn at DePauw is also continuing its Wine Down Wednesdays with food and drink specials at The Fluttering Duck beginning at 5 p.m., and will be serving food after the concert until 10 p.m.

Newcomer has been described as a “prairie mystic” by The Boston Globe and one who “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone. She is known for her low and resonant voice “as rich as Godiva Chocolate” according to The Austin American-Statesman, her musical depth and the progressive spiritual content in her songs, poetry and workshops, and for her continued work in justice, spiritual and interfaith communities and health and hunger organizations.

Newcomer has 19 nationally released albums on Available Light Records and Concord/Rounder Records, including “Until Now,” “The Point of Arrival” and “The Beautiful Not Yet.” She has released three books of poetry and essays, including “A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays,” “The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems and Essays and Lyrics and “Until Now: New Poems.”

Her song “I Should’ve Known Better” appeared on Nickel Creek’s Grammy-winning album “This Side,” and she earned an Emmy for her PBS special “An Evening with Carrie Newcomer.” Recent appearances include PBS’ “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” and Krista Tippett’s “On Being.”

“We are thrilled to have Carrie perform at the GSMF for the first time, and to welcome Gary back,” Edberg noted. “This concert is the result of the vision of our wonderful board member, Susan Crosby, a friend and fan of Carrie, who raised special funds to make this possible. We are quite grateful to her.”

The festival is supported by offerings at concerts, individual donors, an endowment at the Putnam County Community Foundation and businesses including The Inn at DePauw, The Doc’s Inn, First National Bank, North Salem State Bank, Old National Bank and Tri-County Bank & Trust.

The GSMF will continue on Saturday, July 13 with co-sponsoring a 5:30 p.m. informal performance at The Doc’s Inn (126 E. Washington St.) by The Three Cellos (Edberg joined by former students Theodore Harvey, associate principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony, and Sungmin Peter Kim, principal cellist of the Kokomo Symphony) as part of the inn’s series of monthly afternoon salon concerts. Then on Wednesday, July 17, the regular performances will resume at Gobin with jazz by Steve Snyder and Friends.

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