Event Phone Number: 218-385-3339
Kip and Eric Peltoniemi’s long relationship with folk, country, Finnish and Nordic music began in Wadena, Minnesota in the early 1960s when as a teenagers they began performing at county fairs, dances, and township halls…and even boxing matches. In their college years they went on to perform at folk festivals, Twin City coffeehouses and regional clubs and resorts. They soon developed a repartee and talents for mixing entertaining comedy with hot instrumentals and more serious music.
They perform both interpretations of classic and rare music as well as their acclaimed original music. As a youngster in the early 1960s, Eric learned to play his Grandma Thora’s old guitar at her farm outside New York Mills and has spent the ensuing years working multiple sides of the music industry (in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and the Twin Cities, as well as in Finland) as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, lyricist and composer for the music theater and film, occasional actor, and Grammy-winning record producer.
Both Eric and Kip were inspired by their culture and family heritage. Eric began adding Finnish songs to his repertoire in the 1980s and 1990s, eventually attracting the attention of members of Finland’s rich music scene. He went on to record for Finnish record labels and continues to travel and perform there to this day. In the fall of 2017 he appeared in a new Finnish film “Ikitie” (“The Eternal Road”), for which wrote and performed the theme song.