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Welcome to the online home of Warren Nelson - Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Poet, Historian, Radio Host and a Tent-show "Man of the Cloth" with a career in show business lasting over 40 years.

A Fairmont, Minnesota native, Warren is the founder of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and has led a team of talented musicians, actors, researchers and technicians in the creation of numerous large-scale, historical musicals since the 1970's.  He has had many honors bestowed upon him in his prolific career.

Here are some highlights:

1998 - Commissioned by the State of Wisconsin to write a musical for the state's sesquicentennial.

1999 - Voted "Best Folk Musician" by readers of Wisconsin Trails Magazine.

2005 - Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree by the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and invited to give their spring commencement address.

2005 - Honored as an official Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters.

2006 - Honored with the first ever Wisconsin History Award from WI Historical Society for superb storytelling and unforgettable music to make history come alive for the thousands of people who have attended its (Big Top Chautauqua’s) performances.

2007 - Named "Minnesotan of the Year" for his outstanding contribution to the arts in Minnesota by the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers.

2008 - Given the Wisconsin Governor’s Award In Support of the Arts in partnership with Big Top Chautauqua.




Performance Schedule

Play Ball's Chautauqua Debut Was A Grand Slam!

Now Booking Tour Dates: info@warrennelson.com

"Warren Nelson is at the top of his game. Play Ball Is fabulous and well worth traveling to see!" - Dayle Quigley

For full information regarding upcoming performances, be sure to visit the Media page for times and contact information. If you would like to be informed of my future appearances and plans, please send your email address to: info@warrennelson.com

February 6 - Ironwood, MI
February 20 - Cable, WI
March 20 - Fairmont, MN
April 16 - Washburn, WI
August 5 - Duluth, MN


From Warren

15 December 2015

Greetings from the Song Farm.  Winter. What winter?

In November, I debuted a new show entitled” Song For The Wild.” It featured the lyrical writings of Sigurd Olson, one of America’s great environmental voices of the 20th century. I put his words to music and finished the concert with environmental songs of my own from over the years. It was very well received and will go on tour next playing the historic Ironwood (Michigan) Theatre on February 6. Next summer we will be performing in Ely, Minnesota at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area that Sig loved so much. The very talented Liesel Wilson, fiddle player and singer joined the Outfit for this show.

My son Rowan and Otis McLennon and I will be returning to the Red Rock Center in my hometown of Fairmont, MN on March 20. It is always a great time. See you there!

As for new projects, I am working on “The Pond,” a musical tribute show for Lake Superior, greatest of the great great lakes. I am also readying a collection of everything I have ever recorded or published to be offered for sale.

I would love to perform a house concert in your living room so email me and let’s have a night of it.




Warren Nelson Speaking © Sophia Hantzes