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Singer-Songwriter Chris Pureka
to Give Free Concert at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 17, 2006

Chris PurekaEAU CLAIRE — Indie-acoustic songstress Chris Pureka will perform Friday, Oct. 27, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her free concert will begin at 8 p.m. in The Cabin of Davies Center.

A native New Englander, Pureka came to music at an early age, writing songs on her parents' out-of-tune piano before the age of eight. When she reached 16 she discovered the guitar and began playing in earnest. Following high school, Pureka attended Wesleyan University where she was a student of science and graduated to become an assistant in a biology lab at Smith College. Her musical ambitions persevered, and in 2001 she released a seven-song, self-titled EP. Shortly thereafter she landed a three-month national tour with folk poet Alix Olson. With the release of her debut CD, "Driving North" (2004), Pureka left science behind and discovered her niche as a touring singer-songwriter.

"Driving North" won praise from publications like Performing Songwriter, Nashville City Paper and Time Out New York. Some recognize the poetry and grit of a young Bruce Springsteen or a troubled Ryan Adams in Pureka's songwriting, and her simple delivery often draws comparisons to female greats like Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch or Mary Gauthier.

Pureka proudly considers her new CD, "Dryland," an older, wiser successor to her earlier recordings. She has taken the unfettered, heart-on-your-sleeve approach she is known for and has delved even deeper into her calling to deliver a newly promising and original collection of songs. Themes of hardship, longing and loss are tempered by messages of hope, strength and perseverance.

The show is free and open to all ages. Soda, domestic and imported beer, specialty coffee drinks and tea will be sold; proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.

The Cabin program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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JS/NW

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