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The Lost Forty


This is music about life in the early North Woods. It all started with Brian Miller researching an obscure saloon-keeper and singer from Virginia, Minnesota. This led to the discovery of a treasure trove of early audio recordings of folksongs from the Great Lakes region. Those 47 songs were recorded in 1924 by singers who lived and worked in the woods. With the help of financing from the Minnesota State Arts Board and over 100 private donors, Brian created “The Minnesota Folksong Collection," a website where the original recordings can be heard. Brian teamed up with Randy Gosa to form “The Lost Forty” duo and will bring that early musical history to life in Bigfork on October 27.


$10 adults/$5 students


Thanks to Arvig for helping underwrite this performance.


Operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Earlier Event: October 26
Zorongo Flamenco