Carrie Newcomer to visit DePauw Aug. 29, 30

Thursday, August 6, 2009
Carrie Newcomer

GREENCASTLE -- Acclaimed national recording artist Carrie Newcomer will perform a free concert in the amphitheatre of the DePauw University Nature Park on Aug. 29.

The 7 p.m. set by Newcomer will be preceded by performances by local songwriters Rick Hillis (associate professor of English at DePauw) and Anthony Mullis starting at 5:30 p.m. The program is presented by DePauw's Performing Arts Series.

"Carrie Newcomer is much more than a musician," according to bestselling author and 1977 DePauw University graduate Barbara Kingsolver. "She's a poet, storyteller, snake charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace."

Newcomer has recorded 11 albums for the folk label Rounder Records, the most recent of which, "The Geography of Light," was praised by the Boston Globe's Scott Alarik as being her "prettiest and wisest" CD to date.

The Geography of Light was named by Folkwax as 2008's "Album of the Year" and the magazine named Newcomer its "Artist of the Year."

According to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Newcomer's latest album is "full of gorgeous arrangements that frame her soulful vocals."

On Aug. 30, Newcomer will also lead a songwriting workshop from noon until 3 p.m. in the Reflection Center at the Nature Park. The workshop is free, but registration is required by e-mailing

The Aug. 29 concert is free and open to the public; there will be no tickets or reservations. Attendees are encouraged to make use of the Nature Park earlier in the day to hike or picnic. Visitors are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets as seats in the amphitheatre are limited. Patrons should be advised that there is a short walk of about five minutes from the Nature Park's main parking lot (off of the 1400 West Walnut Street entrance) to the amphitheatre. A shuttle cart will be available to persons unable to walk the distance.

The Nature Park also offers a very limited number of primitive campsites within walking distance of the amphitheatre. Registration is required for overnight camping.

For more information about the DePauw Nature Park, click here.

If you have other questions about this or other DePauw Performing Arts Series events, contact Ron Dye at (765) 658-4689.

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