Folk Singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen will perform songs from her new CD, “Somewhere to Begin,” Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the ArtHaus, 508 W. Water Street, Decorah.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students or seniors, available at the door or in advance at the Oneota Co-op.

Dubbed as “one of Northern Minnesota’s best kept secrets,” Thomsen’s home base is in the Lake Superior region near the port cities of Duluth, Minn. and Superior, Wis.

“The Twin Ports folk singer picks up the torch carried by the balladeers of decades past: Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, and Peter, Paul, and Mary” writes the Reader Weekly. “She could make Conan the Barbarian drop his sword and collapse blubbering.”
“The kind of music she’s making is well-crafted, sung beautifully, and recorded immaculately,” writes the Duluth News Tribune.

The new release, “Somewhere to Begin”—Thomsen’s fifth solo CD—was recorded, mixed and mastered at Sacred Heart Studio in Duluth.
“Somewhere to Begin is a deep and well written album,” writes The Reader Weekly, with “excellent songwriting and storytelling.”
Thomsen received a Woody Guthrie Songwriting Award for “Precious Water,” one of the tracks on the new CD.

The title track, “Somewhere to Begin,” is a cover of a T.R. Ritchie song.

“How can you sing in times like these?” the lyrics question, and continue, “If changes are to come, there are things that must be done, and a song is somewhere to begin.”

Thomsen originals on the new CD include the bluesy “Ballad of Molly Ivins,” a tribute to the late Texas journalist, the country waltz “Between the Clotheslines,” the Celtic styled “Shattered Gardens.” You’ll find “Amber Stone,” Thomsen’s nostalgic ode to her immigrant grandfather and “Renaissance Woman,” a rocking tribute to her mother-in-law. Thomsen composed “The Heartbeat Drum” as a lullaby “for all children, everywhere.” “Oh Grandmother” is a plaintive call to the ancestors.

With a voice rich as the best Midwest soil, Thomsen carryies the listener inward and outward—in, to the particulars of your own life, and out—into the shared humanity of us all.  

“Thomsen’s soulful voice, poetic lyrics and unforgettable melodies cut through to the heart and the soul of human experience,” writes the Minnesota Women’s Press. 

More about the artist can be found at sarathomsen.com