The Alphorns return: May I Alp You?

On and off over the years, Vintage Band Festival audiences have enjoyed the music of a small group of alphorn players in southern Minnesota. Alphorns have a history rooted in the mountains of Europe, particularly in Switzerland. This year, the alphorns will be returning to Northfield to the delight of all.

On a typical beautiful evening during spring, summer or fall, Ralph and Mary Brindle can be found playing alphorns somewhere … at home, at local parks, in the BWCA, in the mountains, even out in the snow while snowshoeing! Mary & Ralph play for outdoor weddings, Swiss Independence celebrations, and special occasions upon request. Active musicians with a variety of musical groups in the Twin Cities, Ralph and Mary began playing alphorn in 2004 are excited to bring some alphorn serendipity to the Vintage Band Festival!

Watch for the alphorns along Division Street on July 29 with multiple stops during the day between 2nd Street and 6th Street in front of coffee houses, restaurants and the public library.