Mary Chapin Carpenter

+ Emily Barker

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Five-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter is known for a string of hits including ‘Passionate Kisses’, ‘Stones in the Road’ and ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me’. Beloved by fans and critics alike, she has sold over 14 million records worldwide.

She comes to the Festival for the first time to perform songs from her expansive back catalogue and from her new album Sometimes Just The Sky which was recorded at Real World Studios with her long-time collaborator guitarist Duke Levine alongside handpicked musicians and was produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Laura Marling).

★★★★ ‘Mary Chapin Carpenter’s warm, weathered, unshowily authentic voice has a kind of peace at its core’ The Telegraph – click here to read the full review

★★★★ ‘Carpenter has spent three decades refining her storytelling art, and it shows’ The Guardian – click here to read the full review

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Duration: c. 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

Mary Chapin Carpenter

‘Passionate Kisses’

Emily Barker

Opening the show is award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker who blends country and English folk with 60s pop, rich string arrangements and multi-part vocal harmonies spearheaded by Emily’s clear, expressive voice and her charismatic stage presence. Her music has featured as the themes to BBC dramas Wallander and The Shadow Line and her latest album, Sweet Kind of Blue, was released to critical acclaim in 2017.

Sweet Kind of Blue is a powerful listen with Barker well able to summon up the ghosts of Memphis soul while demonstrating that she can rival many of our contemporary singer songwriters’ Americana UK – click here to read the full review


Concessions: D/deaf or disabled, Full-time students, Go 4Less cardholders, Jobseekers, Over 60s, Under 18s 10% off tickets within certain price bands

Under 26: £7.50

Group rate: Book nine tickets and get the tenth ticket free

Essential companions: Any audience member requiring an essential carer/companion can get one free ticket. Relevant discounts or concessions still apply to the paid ticket.

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17 May

07:30 pm


Image credits: Masthead image © Jonathan Stewart