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Folk musician to present Scandinavian stories, music

Ross Sutter will entertain Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

Ross Sutter, folk musician extraordinaire, will present a program on Scandinavian stories and songs at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Park Rapids Area Library.

The Legacy program through the Kitchigami Regional Library System is free and open to the public of all ages.

Sutter is a popular performer who plays an impressive array of folk instruments - guitar, bodhran, button accordion, dulcimer, bones - and is best known for his singular baritone voice.

Sutter sings Irish, Scottish, and Scandinavian songs, as well as favorite American traditional and popular songs. He has performed on radio, television and at festivals, and works regularly in schools teaching the songs and folk dances that he has collected over the years.

His rapport with children is extraordinary, and he also possesses the unique ability to thoroughly entertain the parents and adults in the audience as well. 

He has also worked with his brother, Barton Sutter, who is the designated poet laureate of Duluth.  Their new book written together is "Reindeer Camp," a collection of poems and traditional verse from Scandinavia. 

Sutter's work is featured on the recordings "Walking on Air," "Up the Raw," "Crossing the Shannon," "Hunger No More," "Songs By Heart," "Over the Water," and on his popular children's CD," Mama, Will You Buy Me a Banana?"