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Milligan presents an evening of storytelling and Celtic music with Wendy Welch and Jack Beck

Husband-wife storytelling duo Wendy Welch and Jack Beck

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 25, 2015) – Having traveled all over the world sharing their unique flair for storytelling and love of folk music, the husband-wife storytelling duo Wendy Welch and Jack Beck will come to Milligan College on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gregory Center’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Their show, “Wayfaring Strangers: From the British Isles to the Cumberland Gap in Song and Story,” will be an evening of laughter and reflection for audiences of all ages.
“The Milligan Arts Council is excited to welcome these wonderfully gifted storytellers and musicians to the college,” said Charlotte Anderson, director of Milligan’s Arts Council and assistant professor of the practice of music. “They bring a worldly knowledge injected with fresh humor and captivating folk songs that you won’t want to miss.”

Born in Scotland, Beck has lived in the U.S. since 2004, becoming an acclaimed performer of traditional Scottish songs and ballads. Along with being a recording artist and workshop leader with over 40 years of experience, Beck presents the radio show “Celtic Clanjamphry” weekly on WETS-FM.

Welch holds a doctorate in folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and is a renowned storyteller and published writer. She currently teaches folk-life programs and serves as the director of the Graduate Medical Education Consortium at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Her book, “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap,” published by St. Martin’s Press, is about how Welch and Beck moved to Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and became owners of the Tales of the Lonesome Pine Bookstore.

For more information on Milligan arts events, visit www.milligan.edu/arts.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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