For thirty years, The Sutter Brothers have presented programs that emphasize their rural, small-town roots and Scandinavian heritage. Blending Bart’s original poems with Ross’ arrangements of folk songs and tunes, The Sutter Brothers evoke the landscape, critters, and quirky characters of rural Minnesota, spanning the spectrum of human experience from comedy to tragedy.
Best known for his baritone voice, Ross plays an impressive array of instruments: guitar, button accordion, dulcimer, and Irish drum. He has issued four CDs, won two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and performed for A Prairie Home Companion and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Bart is the only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories—poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. He has published seven books, written for Minnesota Public Radio, and had three plays produced.
The Sutter Brothers spent their most formative years south of Jackson, and Bart graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University, where the brothers have often performed. Ross has done music residencies in the schools of this region, including Dawson, for many years.
Though Ross and Bart have established separate reputations, The Sutter Brothers take special pleasure in performing as a pair, their shows enhanced by the counterpoint of spoken word and music. Their performance in Dawson will include original material set in southwest Minnesota. Call the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association at 320-769-2955 Ext. 246 for more information.
Bart Sutter will conduct a writing workshop for students at Dawson-Boyd High School during their visit, and the brothers will also perform at Johnson Memorial Care Center.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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