Nick Coury

Wanna folk?

Folk diva Carolyn Cruso will be playing at Linnaea’s Cafe today.

She plays the hammered dulcimer, writes poetry and sings. Cruso is not sure when exactly the music bug bit her, but she has been playing since she was 11 years old.

“When I was about 10 years old I picked up my aunt’s wooden flute and blew into it. The sound that came out was so rich and round.  I was astonished, and knew at that moment that I would learn how to play,” Cruso said.

As she grew up, her passion for music continued to cultivate.

“As a teenager I enjoyed improvisation, which really is a form of composition in the moment,” she said. “That flexibility of playing that you develop opens the door into actually writing music that can be played again rather than being ephemeral.”  

Cruso played at Linnaea’s year, and is excited to play again.

“I want audiences to feel inspired while listening to the music for a long while after,” Cruso said. “I want them to feel uplifted or moved in some way, to feel connected to the world and to the mystery. Whether it’s thundering applause or quite reverie, I just want them to feel safe enough to be real.”

The show begins at 8 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $3 to $5. For more information about the Cruso, visit

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