By Paul Schmitt
A Washington Island musician is spreading his talents around Door County. Julian Hagen, who has been playing guitar for over four decades, passes his time on the Island performing and working at his stone quarry where he says he “makes little rocks out of big ones”. Hagen comes from five generations of Islanders who have made music an important part of their daily lives. He shares how his family’s love for music impacted his youth.
Hagen says he began writing music at the age of sixteen and categorizes his music as folk-based. James Taylor, John Denver and Bob Dylan are musical performers that influenced his music. The Hagen Family Christmas has been performed over the past twenty years in Sturgeon Bay. Hagen will be performing this Thursday evening at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor for a “Concert with a Cause” benefiting the Door County Land Trust.