Violinist Jeff Menten and fingerstyle guitarist Paul Nye will be performing at the Fosston Library and Art Center in Fosston on Sunday, April 22. The performance will start at 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public.
Menten and Nye offer up a unique blend of acoustic music that artfully weaves modern and old-time classics and Celtic tunes with ragtime and blues, as well as some “J&P Originals.” As seasoned veteran musicians, Menten and Nye have individually logged tens of thousands of miles and performed nearly as many shows in their respective musical careers.
Menten graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota, Mankato with a music degree in Violin Performance. He has performed with several symphony orchestras and played professionally with Mariachi Estrella in Austin, Texas. In 1995 he was awarded “Instrumentalist of the Year,” “Best Classic Country Performance,” “Best Band” (The Radio Flyers), and the “Archie Hill Horizon Award” at the Minnesota Country Music Association competition. Menten operates the Pine-to-Prairie School of Music and has been teaching string instruments to students of all ages for 40 years.
Nye began playing guitar as a teenager. His professional career has taken him from coast-to-coast with numerous touring groups. He has shared the stage with renowned Minnesota guitarists Leo Kottke and Michael Johnson and has opened for a number of national groups in his career. Nye has released six recordings of original music. For the last 13 years, he has focused his craft on writing, recording and performing children’s music – releasing three independent recordings of music for kids in that time. His interactive, engaging kids performances have taken him to libraries and schools across the state.
Both Nye and Menten performed weekly during the summer months with the Woodtick Theater Band in Akeley for 14 and 6 years respectively.