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"Home and Habitat" featuring Carrie Newcomer and Philip Gulley
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer and award-winning author Philip Gulley are coming together to present "Home and Habitat," an intimate evening of story and music in a distinctive Midwestern style. Operating at the intersection of progressive writing and spiritual music, Phil and Carrie will share their insights. With beautiful vocals, passionate prose, and a healthy dose of humor, Newcomer and Gulley are certain to delight and inspire. Rounder Recording artist Carrie Newcomer has been described by Barbara Kingsolver as "poet, storyteller, snake charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace, as well as ,a soaring songstress" by Billboard a "prairie mystic" by the Boston Globe and "asks all the right questions" by Rolling Stone, "a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate". By The Austin Statesman. She has toured with Alison Krauss Europe and the U.S. Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer's song I Should've Known Better, on their Grammy-winning album This Side. She was listed as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years by Boston's WUMB and one of the 50 most influential songwriters of the past 50 years by Chicago WBEZ. Carrie internationally facilitates workshops on the topics of songwriting, creative writing and spirituality, vocation and activism. In 2009 & 2011 Carrie was invited to tour India as a cultural ambassador for the American Embassy. In 2011 she released her 15th recording Everything is Everywhere with master of the Indian classical sarod Amjad Ali Khan as a benefit for the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and beloved writer and speaker who has become the voice of small-town American life. BOOKLIST compares Gulley to Garrison Keillor, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry and Kathleen Norris. "He writes as cleanly as they, and perhaps with greater range." Gulley's work includes the acclaimed Harmony series of novels chronicling life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana and the bestselling Porch Talk series of inspirational and humorous stories. In addition, Gulley and co-author James Mulholland describe their progressive worldview in their books; "If Grace is True" and "If God Is Love". Gulley was raised in Danville, Indiana where he lives today with his wife Joan and sons Spencer and Sam in a rambling house with Gulley's eclectic chair collection (sixty-four at last count) and a welcoming porch. Many of his characters and recollections are taken from his boyhood in this small mid- western town. Gulley continues to pastor at Fairfield Friends Meeting near Indianapolis. He also hosts the television program "Porch Talk with Phil Gulley" on the Indiana PBS affiliate WFYI and their flagship show Across Indiana, for which he recently received an Emmy Award.