NISSWA -- A humorous folk duo will be in concert Friday at the Nisswa Community Center, sponsored by the Grassroots Concerts series.
Peter and Lou Berryman make up the Madison, Wis., team that offers weirdly-new perspectives of universal truths. They translate the mundane into funnybone experience.
"They offer a bottomless wellspring of hilarity," said Ron Miles, promoter of the non-profit Grassroots Concerts organization that sponsors the 7:30 p.m. concert.
Those who have witnessed their concerts in previous Grassroots appearances or have heard their tunes aired on public radio are aware of their humor set to music.
Who: Peter and Lou Berryman
What: Humorous folk duo
Where: Nisswa Community Center
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Cost: $10, adults; $5, children 11 and under at the door
"They have the rare ability to make us simultaneously laugh at and care about the people they lampoon," said Scott Alarik, Boston Globe critic.
The Berrymans have been together for more than 20 years. They were but are not now married to each other. They have a "friendship that survived a brief marriage," said Peter. Each has long since re-married another spouse. They work out songs in their respective homes on their computers and send changes back and forth via e-mail, interfaces and software up to the point when they must rehearse and perform in front of an audience.
Armed with an accordion and a Guild 12-string, they've thumbed their noses at the notion that folk music must be self-indulgent, whiny and depressing. They have also filled three songbooks and 10 albums with their melodically and lyrically intricate songs (all available from Cornbelt Records, P.O. Box 3452, Madison, Wis., 53704; (608) 257-7750).
Recently they have been receiving royalty checks from a surprising source. A "sophomoric bar song" ("that Peter wrote," Lou hastens to clarify) from their first album, called "Are You Drinking with Me Jesus?" was covered by alternative rock icons Mojo Nixon, Jello Biafra and Dick Montana and the Beat Farmers.
They like places where "we can sing about real-life situations, like pride in the land, a fast-food diet, talking to mother or cleaning the fridge," said Lou, "and just when we've set the situations, we deliver the zingers."
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert, and non-perishable food donations to the Salvation Army Food Shelf are welcomed by the non-profit Grassroots Concerts. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under with no advance sales.
For information, call 963-2976, 746-3930, or visit the Web site www.uslink.net/~bradshaw
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