Five-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, one of modern songwriting’s most distinctive voices, and her full band will perform a very special evening of music Friday, July 22 at 8 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

As a songwriter and performer, Carpenter has long since transcended the traditional notions of genre and style, finding widespread acclaim for her poetic, elegantly-observed compositions. By combining folk, country, acoustic, rock and blues, she has proven herself to be an artist for whom the conventional boundaries of the music business disappear. Carpenter has always professed a love for all kinds of music, and those influences come together in songs that speak to the most personal of life’s details as well as to the most universal.

Her latest release, “The Age of Miracles,” is her 12th studio album. Recently, Carpenter was honored with the Americana Association’s esteemed Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award, which recognizes artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and Joan Baez.

Tickets for the intimate concert are $70, all seats reserved. For tickets and more information, call 594-0070 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to