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Northwind Crossing to perform in Wadena

Northwind Crossing, a Celtic music band out of northern Minnesota, will perform a free concert in Wadena at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Wadena 1st Congregational United Church of Christ, across the street from the Wadena City Library.

Northwind Crossing is a quintet of northern Minnesota musicians drawn together by their common love of performing traditional Celtic music. Northwind Crossing includes Tamie Jensen, Irish tin whistles, recorders, accordion, mountain and hammer dulcimer, Celtic harp and vocals; Larry Kimble, six- and 12-string guitar and vocals; Elijah Jensen, bodhran, autoharp, Celtic harp, accordion and vocals; Jake Geise, fiddle and vocals and Willis Mattison, bass guitar. Willis also serves as the group's historian and moderator.

Northwind Crossing's performances include storytelling that provides the historical context for many of the tunes and songs they perform. The group has researched and rediscovered songs that were played in the Irish and Scottish countryside on fiddle, harp, pipes and tin whistles in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Northwind Crossing preserves the ancient sounds of Celtic music with traditional instruments, and augments them with guitar, mandolin and bass.

The Northwind Crossing concert tour is sponsored by Kitchigami Regional Library with funding from the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For the complete schedule of Northwind Crossing concerts in the Kitchigami Region, visit the Kitchigami website at, click on Legacy Events.

Sponsored by the Kitchigami Regional Library, the free tickets may be picked up at the Wadena City Library during regular library hours. Please call (218) 631-2476 for more information.