'Songs of the Minnesota Lumberjacks': Special concert in NYM Saturday
Brian Miller and Randy Gosa will present a concert of Irish music and songs of the Minnesota lumberjack experience this Saturday, April 28 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $12 advance sale (call 218-385-3339 to reserve tickets) or $15 at the door. Student admission is $5.
Nationally renowned master of Celtic music Brian Miller delves deep into Midwestern history to find the unique music of Irish and Scottish lumberjacks who worked in his home state in the 1800s. Brian sings songs that once rang through lumber camp bunkhouses where Irish and Scottish men were relied on to entertain the men during the evening hours. Old world ballads mix with colorful local lore and creative arrangements, using voice, guitar and a variety of unusual folk instruments to bring this forgotten folk music to life.
In concert, Miller teams up with Milwaukee musician Randy Gosa, who adds his virtuosic mandolin, guitar and tenor banjo playing to the mix to fire up the old bunkhouse dance tunes and complete the package for a memorable program of top-notch Celtic music with a distinct Midwestern story.
In between the songs, Miller draws on four years of extensive research to describe the lives of these singing lumberjacks and the fascinating stories behind their songs.