It's a Monday night at the 331 Club in northeast Minneapolis, and about eight musicians toggle in and out of a horseshoe of chairs. They take turns strumming the bluegrass sounds of the Roe Family Singers. One of the few players who never subs out is Adam Wirtzfeld.|
He's at one end of the arc, closest to the crowd, finessing a bow across his bent and vibrating musical saw. With the saw handle pinched between his legs and his left thumb pressing hard on the tip, Wirtzfeld draws the bow across to produce a sound that wobbles, whirs like an engine, soars like an operatic aria.
Read the full feature on Twin Cities musical saw players and watch a video of their playing at startribune.com. Don't be surprised -- that's not my voice in the video -- it's the purr of 10-foot-tall Howard Sinker, who writes A Fan's View and did a heck of a job with my little script.
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