Sutter Brothers

An Evening with the Sutter Brothers: Poetry, Song, and Stories

Friday, April 25, 2014 – Reception 7:00 p.m. Concert at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, April 25, 2014, the Anderson Center and Hobgoblin Music of Red Wing, Minnesota, are pleased to present a special evening of song, storytelling, and poetry by the ever-popular Sutter Brothers of Duluth.  Free and opening to the public, the event will begin with a reception for the artists at 7:00 p.m., followed by their concert at 7:30 p.m. in the newly restored barn at the Anderson Center.

Roving troubadour 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 accompanies himself on guitar, dulcimer, button accordion, bagpipes, bodhran, and the Irish goat-skin drum.  He has performed at numerous venues throughout the state, from concert halls to libraries and schools, from outdoor festivals to senior centers.  He has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion.” 

Ross’s work is featured on the recordings Walking on Air, Up the Raw, Crossing the Shannon, Hunger No more, and many others, including his popular children’s CD, Mama Will You Buy Me A Banana.

Poet, essayist, and writer Bart Sutter is the only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories.  He is the author of numerous books, most recently The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems (BOA Editions) and My Father’s War and Other Stories (Viking Press). 

Raised in his small towns in the Upper Midwest, Bart was educated at Southwest Minnesota State University and Syracuse University.  He has taught at St. John’s University, University of Minnesota campuses in the Twin Cities and Duluth, and the University of Wisconsin in Superior.

Awards for his writing include the George Morrison Artist Award for his many contributions to the arts in northeastern Minnesota.  In 2006, he was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth.  He has received other awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Bush Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation.

The Sutter Brothers will offer a special evening filled with music, storytelling, and poetry that highlight their small town roots, Scandinavian heritage, highlighting the marriage of music and storytelling…for a fun-filled evening of music and storytelling suited for the whole family.

Books and CDs will be available for signing and sale at their end of the performance. 

An Evening with the Sutter Brothers is made possible in part through generous grants from the Jones Family Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Cultural Heritage and Legacy fund, Minnesota State Arts Board, Target Foundation, and Xcel Foundation.  For more information, please call the Anderson Center at 1-651-388-2009.


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