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2018 Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture: Gillian Welch

Black and white photo of Gillian Welch with a guitar

Gillian Welch

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Award-winning composer-lyricist-performer Gillian Welch will be honored by UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of English & Comparative Literature with the Thomas Wolfe Prize this fall. A free, ticketed public program – “The Story in Song: Conversation and Music with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings” — is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall on the UNC campus.

Gillian Welch attended Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, and embarking on a writing and performing career that over nearly twenty-five years has brought her and longtime collaborator Rawlings popular success and critical acclaim.  With direct, emotional, imagistic songs; distinctively tight vocal harmonies; and close, two-guitar instrumental support, Welch and Rawlings have created a powerful and immediately recognizable sound in American music.  Alec Wilkinson of The New Yorkerwrote, “Welch is a singer and songwriter whose music is not easily classified—it is at once innovative and obliquely reminiscent of past rural forms . . . when Welch and Rawlings sing together, their voices fit so tightly that they seem welded.”

The Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture honor the memory of one of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s most famous alumni, Thomas Clayton Wolfe (Class of 1920), author of Look Homeward, Angel (1929).
Sponsors of the 2018 Thomas Wolfe Lecture are alumnus John Skipper (BA English 1978), The Thomas Wolfe Society, and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

For ticket info about the 2018 Thomas Wolfe Lecture, visit http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/wolfe.

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