109 E. Aurora Street Ironwood, MI 49938 (Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)
Operation of the Historic Ironwood Theatre is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Howling & Chirping
Published on Monday, Feb. 08, 2016
What fun at the theatre on Saturday February 6 when Warren Nelson and Friends entertained the crowd with songs of canoes, birds, wetlands, wild rivers, wolves, and wilderness waters. Presenting his new show "Song for the Wild" for only the third time, Warren and his band delighted the audience with his tribute to celebrated environmentalist Sigurd Olson. The first half of the show combined readings from Olson's journals with original songs based on some of those journal entries.
After intermission the audience was treated to more of Warren's original music, including songs about northwoods fauna. The audience was invited to become part of the music by contributing live bird sounds and wolf howls. It soon became apparent that some of the UP's finest bird callers and wolf howlers were in attendance!
We've come to expect great interplay between Warren's guitar and son Rowan's skillfull banjo playing and on Saturday they did not dissapoint. A welcome addition was the sometimes haunting combined licks of violinist Liesel Wilson and harmonica player Otis McLennon. Fiddle and harp never sounded so good. Time keeper Jack Gunderson's bass ensured the enthusiastic audience heard a rich and full sound. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the wonderful vocal harmonies. Also kudos to sound engineer D.I. Aspinwall for his outstanding mix.
Another treat was Warren's tribute to the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Listen to it here!
If you weren't at HIT on Saturday night, you missed a good one.