Folksinger Carrie Newcomer played to a packed house at a “rare Monday night Institute of Musical Traditions concert on Saturday night” last evening in Rockville. As emcee David Eisner pointed out, it wasn’t your usual IMT crowd, but those in attendance kept up the high bar for IMT audiences as they were both knowledgeable and appreciative.
This was my first time to see Newcomer live, and I encouraged Candice to join me, given the singer’s bent for writing from a Quaker and progressive spiritual perspective. As Newcomer says on her website,
Every day we are living moments of grace and wonder, shadow and light. These are the moments I write about.
Saturday evening didn’t disappoint. Playing her beautiful Taylor guitar (with an inventive use of capos); singing with that expressive, lyrical, and deep voice; and accompanied only by keyboardist Gary Walters, Newcomer didn’t hit a false note the entire evening. Beginning with I Believe, she sang songs from her soon-to-be-released CD A Permeable Life (such as A Light in the Window) as well as old favorites, including the moving Bare to the Bone.
Here I am without a message
Here I stand with empty hands
Just a spirit tired of wandering like a stranger in this land
Walking wide eyed through this world is the only way I’ve known
Wrapped in hope and good intentions and
Bare to the Bone.
When Newcomer ended her encore with the thoughtful Thank You, Good Night from A Permeable Life, we knew we wanted to say the same in return.
Like a long exhale
Like a vapor trail
A wisp of a thing
That changes everything.
Enjoy the beautiful video Everything is Everywhere from Carrie’s 2011 collaboration with Indian sarod masters, Amjad Alk Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, and Ayaan Ali Khan.
More to come…