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Lou and Peter Berryman mix folk, comedy

Musical humorists Lou and Peter Berryman have entertained audiences for more than 35 years. They will appear at Crossings at 8 p.m. Friday June 7.

Frequently compared to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann -- and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding -- the two blend Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical performance.

They have produced 16 albums and three songbooks of their original and quirky songs and have toured the United States and Canada. Berryman songs are being sung by professional musicians from Peggy Seeger to Garrison Keillor.

Regular appearances at festivals and folk music clubs all across the country now serve as venues for their music.

The popularity of Lou and Peter Berryman - whose friendship survived a brief marriage in the seventies - is a testament to their material which is never bawdy or risqué but is rich with wordplay and witty images.

Lou writes the melodies, sings and plays accordion and piano. Peter writes the lyrics, sings and plays 12 string guitar.

Since they began playing together in high school to an appearance at the Kennedy Center, the two have been musical partners since the '60s. They found their way to the national stage when they opened in Madison, Wis., for Michael Cooney in the early 1980s.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show. To reserve tickets, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota. For more information, visit

At a glance ...

Who: Lou and Peter Berryman.

When: 8 p.m. Friday June 7

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $16 in advance, $18 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or