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Clinton Carter performing hometown concert

The husband-wife duo of Clinton Carter on guitar and Sarah Carter on Celtic harp and bodhran will perform in Park Rapids on July 27. (Submitted photo)

"Carter Junction," a high-energy acoustic duo that performs original and traditional songs in the cowboy and Celtic folk genres, will offer a one-night-only concert.

They are the husband-wife duo of Clinton Carter on guitar and Sarah Carter on Celtic harp and bodhran, an Irish drum. One reviewer described their music as "Johnny Cash meets Loreena McKennitt."

The couple will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at Jasper's Theater, one mile east on Highway 34 in Park Rapids.

Park Rapids roots

Born in Park Rapids, Clinton Carter is the duo's songwriter and frontman.

Clinton has traveled broadly throughout the U.S. As a young musician, he was influenced by the writing and singing styles of Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver.

A love of the American West and its wide-open spaces led him to attend a "wrangler school" in the Rocky Mountains. He then led horseback trail rides throughout Wyoming and New Mexico. Playing guitar and singing for guests around campfires honed his stage presence and performance skills.

Three years in Nashville gave him inspiration and experience in crafting his own songs.

Celtic Woman influence

Sarah is a classically trained musician, who credits "Celtic Woman" and Alison Krauss as early influences.

Born in Badger Canyon in south-central Washington, she traveled in Europe and Latin America as a college student and aid worker. Her vocals led her to perform in five musicals with the Spokane Civic Theater and to gigs with the "Crooked Kilt" Celtic band. She is an accomplished instrumentalist on harp, bodhran and guitar.

Wandering minstrels meet

Sarah and Clinton first met through music in 2007, when they both played the roles of wandering minstrels at a Renaissance Festival.

After pursuing solo careers for a number of years, they met up again and created "Carter Junction."

They married in 2015 and make their home near Spokane, Washington.

"Carter Junction" is rapidly earning a name at folk venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. They have performed in concert for the Three Rivers Folklife Society in Tri-Cities; the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, Oregon; the annual ABC3 Music Festival in Ocean Shores, Washington; and the 49ers Day Rendezvous in Winthrop, Washington.

In the days prior to the Park Rapids concert, "Carter Junction" will be playing at venues in Wyoming and Tennessee. Visiting Park Rapids will enable many of their extended family to meet for the first time the couple's infant son, Boone Russell Carter (the middle name after Clinton's grandfather, the late Russell Clinton Carter of Park Rapids).

Debut album

Clinton and Sarah recorded their debut album, "A Simpler Time," at David Lange Studios in Edgewood, Washington. It was just released this summer on the Ferryboat Music label. The title song and others are written by Clinton.

Tickets for their concert are $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12. For reservations, call 218- 255-1333.

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