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Feb. 11: The Barley Jacks

Minnesota-based folk and bluegrass quartet to perform in Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 1-12-2014


MANKATO, MN. ­ The Barley Jacks, a Minnesota-based folk and bluegrass quartet, will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Virtuosity, magic and a little danger combine to make every performance unique. The first thing an audience notices is how much fun the Barley Jacks have when they perform. These veterans of years in the musical trenches enjoy making music together so much that they sometimes giggle like little kids completely lost in a moment of play.

The group’s latest CD recording "The Lighthouse" has been met with great praise by reviewers. The group was recently awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota Arts Board in order to continue writing and recording their original music.

Front-man and fiddle player Brian Wicklund will be joined by Joe Cruz on guitar; Kevin Rowe, upright bass; and Joel Arpin, percussion. The group performs a blend of original bluegrass, Celtic, and roots music played with acrobatic skill. Some of their musical influences are Stuart Duncan, Natalie MacMaster, Tim O¹Brien, and Ben Winship.

Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office,
(507) 389-5549.

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