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Bryan Bowers will perform at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.   

Autoharpist to play at cultural center

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Acclaimed autoharpist Bryan Bowers will give a concert at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.   

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Bowers is a major artist on the traditional music circuit. A well-known singer-songwriter, he has redefined the autoharp. Known for his dynamic stage personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd with his music and his stories, he puts on a show that the whole family can enjoy.

Critics say Bowers presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism. His towering, six-foot four-inch frame can be wild and zany on stage while playing a song like "Dixie," and five minutes later he can have the same audience singing "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" in quiet reverence.

Bower's talents have won him induction into Frets Magazine's First Gallery of the Greats. And in 1993, he was the first living member inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow and Sara Carter.

In 2006, Bowers' landmark recording, "Bristlecone Pine," was released, to rave critical reviews.

Tickets for Bowers' show at the cultural center are available by calling 218-285-3339.  There is a cost for admission.

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