Try a little poetry/folk music fusion this week on ‘da Range

Perhaps you find yourself in the vicinity of the Iron Range and in need of quality entertainment and culture this week? Indeed, you’re in luck. The Sutter Brothers, a poetry and music duo, is touring Iron Range libraries all week long.

A poetry-and-music duo, The Sutter Brothers have performed all over Minnesota and beyond—from Sandstone’s Quarry Days to the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, from the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wisconsin, to the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul. Ross is known for his rich baritone voice and mastery of an impressive array of instruments: guitar, button accordion, mountain dulcimer, and Irish drum. He has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at The Winnipeg Folk Festival. The author of six books, Bart has won the Minnesota Book Award three times and was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth. Though Ross and Bart have established individual reputations, when they perform as a pair, their work has the kind of counterpoint and easy intimacy unique to sibling acts. A blend of original poetry and traditional folk music, their show draws on their small-town roots and Swedish-American heritage. The Sutter Brothers have performed at the American Swedish Institute and were recently featured in the film Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian.Here’s a list of their appearances:

Barton Sutter was part of the excellent creative writing education I received (along with my communication degrees) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He was kind enough to give a generously worded blurb for my book “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range,” which you should buy. You should also catch the Sutter Brothers when they come to your town, which is the point of me writing this.

  • April 266 p.m.—Silver Bay
  • April 271 p.m.—Aurora
  • April 27—6 p.m.—Hoyt Lake Public Library
  • April 28—10 a.m.—Chisholm Public Library (Children)
  • April 28—3 p.m.—Hibbing Public Library (Children)
  • April 29—noon—Virginia Public Library
  • April 29—7 p.m.—Grand Rapids Public Library
  • April 30—1 p.m.—Bovey Public Library

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