Date:   7/1/2004

Lou & Peter Berryman-WI folk legends

Thrasher Opera House welcomes Wisconsin folk legends Lou and Peter Berryman back to our stage on Saturday, July 17th. Pack your funny bone, and prepare to sing along. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

 

Sponsored by Green Lake Title and Abstract Company, Inc., and MidState Abstract and Title Company, Lou and Peter will perform their slightly wacky, endearingly human songs at a 7:30 p.m. concert.

 

Lou and Peter Berryman began their musical partnership in high school in Appleton, WI, back in the sixties. By the eighties, they were honing their skills playing regular weekly concerts in Madison, becoming full-time musicians and songwriters in 1979. Peter writes the lyrics, sings, and plays twelve-string guitar. Lou is in charge of the music, vocals, and the only accordion-on-a-pogo-stick you’re ever likely to see.

 

During those early years, Lou and Peter were motivated to write new songs every week, many about the history, cheese, beer, and strange politics of Wisconsin. By the mid eighties, they were traveling all across the country, still writing and singing, but now with a broader perspective - finding that the quirks of their home state were not so much Midwestern as human. In over twenty-five years of performing together, Lou and Peter have produced fourteen albums and three songbooks’ worth of hilariously quirky, yet oddly profound, songs rich in word play and thought-provoking imagery.

 

Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton and Tom Lehrer count themselves among their fans. Lou and Peter’s work has appeared in such popular compilations as the RISE UP SINGING songbook, in SING OUT! Magazine, and in many audio collections. Today, professional musicians including Peter, Paul and Mary, Garrison Keillor, and Peggy Seeger, as well as shower singers everywhere are performing Berryman songs.

 

In 1999, and again in 2002, the duo performed at the Kennedy Center is Washington, DC, chosen as Wisconsin's representative for Wisconsin State Day. They have appeared on such national programs as A Prairie Home Companion and NPR's Weekend Edition, and tour across North America throughout the year.

 

As Scott Alarik wrote in The Boston Globe: “Wisconsin songwriters Lou and Peter Berryman do to Midwestern sensibilities what Christine Lavin does to stressful New York, and what Tom Lehrer so long ago did to the intellectual pomposities of Cambridge: hoist the norms of everyday culture hilariously on their own petards. Their satires are at once bitingly funny and endearing, wildly absurdist and vividly human. They have the rare ability to make us simultaneously laugh at and care about the people they lampoon.”

 

Lou and Peter Berryman will be performing at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and can be purchased ON-LINE at www.thrasheroperahouse.com or in person at the Thrasher Opera House ticket office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Bloch’s Farm, Ripon Drug, or Bull Moose Mercantile.

 

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