Date:   4/16/2010

Carrie Newcomer's music reflects a uniquely spiritual and poignant take on the world.

Join us on Friday, April 16 at the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake, for a special performance by the critically acclaimed folk artist, Carrie Newcomer. Newcomer's music reflects her uniquely spiritual and poignant take on the world, and as Billboard Magazine describes, has "universal vision and appeal" with a "pure, picture perfect voice."

Carrie Newcomer is a rare breed of singer/songwriter: the kind who illuminates life with startling depth, humor and clarity. Her ability for sharp observation of the world led the Dallas Morning News to rave, “She's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, ‘that is so true’.” Newcomer’s latest Rounder release, Before and After (2010), is a multi-layered work that invites the listener to slow down and reflect on the experiences that have changed and shaped our lives. On Before and After, Newcomer remarks, she has “peeled back another musical and emotional layer.” The result is melodious and smooth, infused with classic Newcomer grace and honesty, so that, she says “there is something unguarded and naked about this album.”

Before and After highlights Newcomer’s ability to blend her rich alto with a poetic lyricism on a skillfully arranged and performed collection of folk roots tracks, with Appalachian and classical influences. The title track features an unforgettably haunting and beautiful duet with a special guest appearance by Mary Chapin Carpenter, launching the album with a remarkable collaboration from two of acoustic music’s most resonant female vocalists.

On Before and After, the listener experiences a deep connection through Newcomer’s lyrics, which explore life with a progressive spiritual sensibility. The Minneapolis City Pages wrote, “Newcomer's musing is deeply introspective, but she offers it with a poet's sense of nuance and a folkie's common touch, turning philosophical theory into the stuff of people's daily lives.” On the captivating title track, Newcomer ponders the notion that “We live our lives from then until now, by the mercies received or the mark upon our brow”– exploring the large and small experiences by which we mark our lives.

Newcomer, a Quaker, cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries. In recent years, she has emerged as a respected and recognized artistic voice for the progressive spiritual community. On Before and After, Newcomer continues to be inspired by her friendships and recent collaborations with leading authors and theologians. Her relationship with this community influenced many of the album’s compelling themes and inspired the songs: “Do No Harm,” “Stones in the River,” and “I Wish I May, I Wish I Might.”

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance are only $20 and are available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279 or online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special accommodations provided by the Heidel House.

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