Nationally known folk singer and songwriter, Carrie Newcomer will be performing at UW-Washington County on Friday, January 28 at 7:30pm in the campus theatre. Newcomer plays the guitar and will be accompanied by Gary Walters on the piano.
Describing Newcomer as a singer-songwriter is a little like saying Noah was a boat builder. One of the definite voices of the Heartland, the Indiana native sings of the small joys and pains in life, emphasizing the little moments that are often taken for granted. Overall, she is not afraid to take on serious subjects, and does so with a healthy measure of good humor and self-awareness. For her, “songwriting is not about being clever, flashy or fancy, it is about telling a compelling story in language and music with elegance and clarity.”
Her music has been praised in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Acoustic Guitar, Performing Songwriter, Paste Magazine and other outlets. The Associated Press noted, “Newcomer combines a rich voice with equally rich lyrics to weave a tapestry of life and hope.” She’s toured with Alison Krauss and Union State in Europe and the U.S. and recorded the title track of her 2002 The Gathering of Spirits album with Krauss. Her latest release, The Geography of Light is about navigating and exploring the appearance of light and shadow in our lives. In a world that encourages us to move faster and think bigger, Newcomer invites the listener to slow down and reflect on the small things that make life worthwhile.
In addition to playing with Carrie, Gary Walters also performs both solo and with several other jazz ensembles. He recently released a new solo album, Moments in Time, which has been receiving wonderful reviews.
Tickets for this concert are $12 for adults, and $9 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18). Free parking is available in the student lot. Reservations are suggested and can be made by phoning the campus at (262) 335-5208 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm) or purchase at the door (while supplies last). The University is located at 400 University Drive (off Hwy. 33 West) in West Bend.