The Lost Forty found in NYM March 22

The Cultural Center in New York Mills is proud to present the Lost Forty in concert on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

This fresh and energetic duo performs the Irish-influenced music of men who roamed the Great Lakes region in the days when pine was king.  All are welcome to join and enjoy this entertaining live music and storytelling experience!

The band consists of Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, who together mix a passion for Northwoods history and folklore with their love of arranging forgotten songs to bring to life this rich but under-explored music.

Brian Miller, a native of Bemidji, fell in love with Irish traditional music 20 years ago, moved down to the “big smoke” of St. Paul and has since become one of the most sought-after musicians in North America’s Irish music scene. Brian provides guitar and bouzouki accompaniment for the acclaimed band Bua.

Randy Gosa has been playing Irish music since 1999. A founding member of the Milwaukee-based Celtic trio Cé, he performs nationally with the band Myserk and also collaborates with several accomplished Midwest-based musicians. In addition to performing, he teaches at the Irish Fest School of Music and is an active céilí/set dance musician in Milwaukee. Randy’s versatile musicianship has been described by critics such as Alex Monaghan (Folk World) as “driving, percussive, lyrical, gentle, dominant by turns.”

The Lost Forty crafts beautiful arrangements of rare old folk songs entwined with the history of Minnesota. Their sources and their approach celebrate two centuries of Irish musical influence on the under-explored musical traditions of the Northwoods. Their show includes incredible archival photos, rich regional history and colorful stories.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. This event will be held at Cultural Center, in our intimate listening-room style gallery space. All tickets are general admission so arrive early to claim the best seats!  Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be available. All are welcome!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Ticket pricing is $5 for students, $12 adult advance or $15 adult at the door (-$2 member discount for adults).  For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or visit the Center’s website at

The Cultural Center in New York Mills is a rural hub for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts. We offer visitors intimate opportunities to encounter art and artists in our 80-seat concert listening room, two art galleries in a historic building, a gift store featuring local artists, an artist residency program, classes and workshops, a sculpture park, and a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive. Since our incorporation in 1990, we have been passionate about connecting people to artists and rich cultural experiences in rural Minnesota, celebrating the local and being a window to the world.

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