East Central Regional Library presents Strings Across the Ocean, featuring Minnesota-based musician Ross Sutter and Sweden’s most prominent folk musicians, Anders and Maria Larsson, at shows coming up this month. In their performance, the trio tells the story of a couple immigrating from Sweden to America. The show features musical instruments including the string bass, accordion, limberjack, guitar, drum set, fiddle, nyckelharpa, recorder and lots of singing. Here is the schedule:
Monday, Sept. 17
10:30 a.m.—Mora Public Library
2 p.m.—Mille Lacs Lake Community Library/Isle
Tuesday, Sept. 18
10:30 a.m. — Hinckley Public Library
2 p.m. — McGregor Public Library
Wednesday, Sept. 19
2 p.m. — North Branch Area Library
Thursday, Oct. 4
10:30 a.m. — Milaca Community Library
2 p.m. — Wyoming Area Library
Explore the experience of Scandinavian immigrants and their descendants with a fun-filled blend of music and storytelling by two talented brothers at the Wyoming Area Library. People of all ages will enjoy The Sutter Brothers and their program, “Greet the Folks at Home,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. No registration is necessary, so swing on by the library and join the fun at 26855 Forest Blvd. in Wyoming.
Poet, essayist and writer Bart Sutter has authored eight books and had four plays produced. Awards for his writing include the George Morrison Artist Award for his many contributions to the arts in northeastern Minnesota, three Minnesota Book Awards in various categories, and in 2006 he was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth. Ross Sutter is best known as a singer of Scandinavian, Scottish, and Irish songs, and for his wide repertoire of American traditional and popular songs. He also plays guitar, dulcimer, button accordion and bodhran (the Irish goat-skin drum). Performances have brought him to numerous venues, and he has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion.”
When the Sutter Brothers perform as a pair, their work has the kind of counterpoint and easy intimacy unique to sibling acts. Their show highlights their small town, preacher’s kid roots and Scandinavian heritage. Presented by the East Central Regional Library, this project was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.