The Berntsons at Home
The Berntson Family with Hoag/Kelley/Pilzer
Based on the Wisconsin–Norwegian tradition of Eleanor Berntson Lundeberg’s family, the band plays music performed at dance halls and played in living rooms over the last hundred years and more, including many tunes unique to the Berntson family. Hoag, Kelley, and Pilzer represent the family “neighbors,” joining three generations of Berntsons—Eleanor on pump organ, son Karl on guitar and banjo, and granddaugher Marika on guitar—just as different families and cultures came together in Wisconsin farming and logging communities. The Berntsons have been featured at the National Folk Festival and the Library of Congress, and have recorded 2 CDs of family tunes.