The Challen Cultural Series, funded through private support, hosts a free public performance by influential folk singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center’s Andrew A. Robinson Theater.
Known primarily as a New England folk singer/songwriter, Wheeler is a critically acclaimed artist who possesses a voice that can be haunting, filling her ballads with a sense of yearning, regret and everlasting hope. Yet, that same voice can be playful and whimsical as she sings and tells humorous tales that are self-contained sitcoms.
“The Challen Cultural Series’ goal is to provide exposure to highly original, thought-provoking and entertaining artists, like Cheryl Wheeler, who have been influencing the music scene for generations and who can provide insights into their songwriting process,” said Pierre Allaire, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “It will be a mix of Austin City Limits meets VH1 Storytellers.”
Part songstress, part comedian, Wheeler is a unique performer who has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and recorded more than 10 studio albums. Her songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Kathy Mattea, Holly Near and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Wheeler’s unconventional and rousing concert style has made her a hit with folk festivals, clubs, and anywhere she has played. Rather than simply introducing the next song in a carefully orchestrated set list,
Wheeler will tell a story that has the audience rolling in the aisles, and then sing a song that leaves them wiping tears from their eyes. She will talk about some serious current events, and then sing a song that will have you howling with laughter. Her style is entertaining and cuts across all generations.
The concert is free. E-tickets are required and available online at
. For additional information, contact Carl Holman, UNF Department of Media Relations and Events at (904) 620-1921.
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