MnSpin, the online music service from Hennepin County Library has just released the 2019 collection with more than 90 additional albums by local artists, growing the platform to more than 200 albums in 18 genres. 

 

And we're honored to say that Curtis & Loretta's "When There's Good to Be Done" is on it !!! You can check it out here!

 

 

 

 Curtis & Loretta at Pacific Northwest Folklore Society, Sept 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of Steve Marti, Loretta's high school friend!

 

 

Curtis & Loretta are an acclaimed folk singer/songwriter duo featuring extraordinary harmonies and an array of stringed instruments.

Curtis Teague:
vocals, guitar, mandolin, mandocello, clawhammer banjo,steel ukulele, harmonica 

Loretta Simonet:
vocals, folk harp, guitar, mandolin, kazoo, shakers 

 

 

 

UPLIFTING NEWS FROM WTIP RADIO, GRAND MARAIS, MN

 

 

Lutsen resident Dave Howe on what inspired him to donate a kidney to a stranger.

 

Last October, we did a live radio show on WTIP in Grand Marais. We chatted about the music tour we were doing at Arrowhead Libraries, and we sang a song I'd written, "When There's Good to Be Done." It's a true story about Christy Harding, a young woman who donated a kidney to a little girl she'd never met before.

 

We got this email recently -

 

"Loretta, we learned recently that one of our listeners was so inspired by a story and song YOU shared on our show that he actually donated a kidney to a stranger. So amazing and wonderful!! Here's the link to the interview with him; thought you'd like to hear his story:

 

Click here to hear the interview with Dave Howe

 

:) You should feel really really good about this. All the best! Annie"
-- 
Annie Possis, producer, The Roadhouse

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great time playing at "Hotdish For Homelessness," a fundraiser for Family Promise, September 21, 2017, in Ramsey, MN. We played before the show, which featured Garrison Keillor! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACOUSTIC GUITAR PROJECT

We did it! We're part of "Acoustic Guitar Project," going on across the U.S.

Here's info from their website, about how it works!

  • Each participating city has its own guitar. Every season, we choose five new local musicians to write an original song on their city's guitar.  Each musician has one week to write their original song and record it live. Musicians can only use the guitar and handheld recorder we provide. No editing is allowed.

 

Loretta wrote a song titled "Smiles Said it All," and we recorded it in our living room.

You can take a listen, and hear the story behind it here. 

 

 

 

Newest  CD, "When There's Good to Be Done"

(Nov, 2015)

This CD features 12 original songs Loretta wrote about real people who overcame great challenges in their lives. It's the culmination of a year long project through an Artist Initiative grant that Loretta was awarded, from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Click here to find out how to get one, what's on it, and to listen to sound samples!

 

 

 

Loretta wrote each of the 12 songs on "When There's Good to Be Done" about real-life people who have gone through great challenges in their lives and come out stronger for the journey. She interviewed each person, crafted their story into a song, and then got back together with with them to polish the edges. These are ordinary people with extraordinary qualities. There's a woman who donated a kidney to a little girl she'd never met, a WWII POW who survived the German Death March, a woman who grew up in a small primitive village in Somalia and is now a nurse at Mayo Clinic, one of the worst injured of the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, and many more!  

 

 

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Appearing soon!

Jan 3, 2020
BODIDDLEY'S DELI
St Cloud MN
Jan 8, 2020
REGIONS HOSPITAL
St Paul MN
Jan 18, 2020
BOTHY FOLK CLUB
Mankato MN
Feb 21, 2020
TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE
Downers Grove IL

The Critics Say...

"Loretta's almost operatic alto and Curtis' rich tenor form a lush, polished and varied vocal blend. The pair's instrumental interplay is equally compelling, with Loretta's harp textures dancing in and around Curtis' deft guitar and mandolin lines." 

.....Dirty Linen

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