Uplifting News from WTIP Radio in Grand Marais, MN

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:

 

https://www.wtip.org/lutsen-resident-dave-howe-what-inspired-him-donate-kidney?fbclid=IwAR1E0SHq0RWJVpG7k8Gn5FLT_LY0K3MmaESR_T_Wm0T94qsEDXlxLwoFHvI

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

 

 

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

 

Owatonna Concert re-scheduled for May 4

The extreme winter weather continues here in Minnesota! It's been one big storm after another, and here is ANOTHER! Forecasts are for  heavy snow, ice, and gusting winds this weekend. They say folks should stay home and not travel. So in the interest for everyone's safety, we're postponing our March 9 concert at the Owatonna Arts Center. It's been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 pm.

 

It will still be a "When There's Good to Be Done" show, and Peter Razor will be on hand to talk and answer questions after the show!

On The Road Again - Heading south!

We're on the road! Come see us in AL, IL, IN, or WI !!
 

WE'VE HEADED SOUTH! - We headed down to Alabama, where there is no snow on the ground! It's going to be a balmy 45 degrees today, and we are in heaven to have escaped the windchill of Minnesota for a bit!! Come see us in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin! Click here for all the details!

P.S. Thank you to everyone who came out to the benefit concert at the Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater, MN! You were a wonderful audience, and you helped out the cause of transforming the Zephyr Depot into a beautiful performing arts center! The photo below is from the concert at The Zephyr on January 13, 2019.

 

Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater!

This coming Sunday afternoon, we'll be at The Zephyr Theatre in beautiful downtown Stillwater, MN (Loretta's hometown). It will be a benefit concert to help transform the Zephyr into an exquisite performing arts center! Here's a photo from last time we played there, in October of 2017!  Come join us Sunday. You can view all the details here.

Holiday Shows!!

We've got four holiday concerts coming up, December 2018

Dec 2 we'll be at The Landing, a "pioneer village" in Shakopee, MN. Dec 6 we're at the charming Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom House in Belle Plaine. Dec 13 we head to "Music at the Museum" in Springfield, IL, and Dec 15 we perform at Hickory Ridge Concerts in Lewistown, IL. These are all wonderful venues.

Please join us if you're nearby!!

We'll be wearing our Victorian Christmas costumes, and doing traditional Christmas carols and songs, on Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, and celeste (a vintage keyboard that sounds like bells). You can find all the details here!

 

"When There's Good to Be Done Tour" kicks off!

CONCERTS IN MINNESOTA THIS MONTH

October 13 marks the beginning of our "When There's Good to Be Done" tour!!

We kick off this tour featuring songs of Minnesota unsung heroes, in Willmar, Minnesota on Saturday, Oct 13. Willmar was the site of a historic bank strike by 8 women in 1977. They came to be known as the Willmar 8.

Last Leg of our Western Tour, in California!

We are on the final leg of our Go West tour! We drove through beautiful mountains today in Oregon and northern California, and we are gearing up for our next gig! Wednesday, it's a noon-time concert in downtown Sacramento. Friday we're live on KKUP Radio in San Jose. Saturday we're at Fiddling Cricket Concerts in Santa Cruz, and Sunday we're on KPIG Radio in the Monterey Bay area. Please check out all the details here!!

West Coast Tour Continues

We've had such a wonderful time doing concerts on the West Coast. We've gotten to connect with lots of old friends (musicians and audience members), and made many new ones. After several concerts in Washington, we're in Portland, OR now. We've got a House Concert here Friday, then a concert in Ridgefield, OR (near Vancouver) on Saturday. Please come join us if you're in the area!

Loretta is finalist in Song Contest

We are so happy to announce that I'm a finalist in the 2018 Jane Titland Memorial Song Contest at Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland, Washington. Congratulations to all ten of the finalists, and we look forward to meeting all of you!

The song contest will be Saturday, Sept 1 on the West Stage at 4:15 pm. We'll also be performing at the festival. We do a set on the North Stage Saturday Sept 1 at 2 pm, and a workshop with songs of unsung heroes titled "When There's Good to Be Done," in Workshop Space 2 on Sunday, Sept 2 at 11 am.

More info about Tumbleweed Music Festival and the Song Contest here!

Two Concerts in Minnesota this weekend

We've got two concerts at two of our favorite venues in Minnesota, this weekend!!

Friday, March 9 at 7:30 pm we'll be at Creek House Concerts in New Brighton. This is the "Carnegie of House Concerts!" Along with the stage in Glenn Elvig's expansive living room, there is professional sound and lighting! Glenn is doing a set, then we'll have intermission, and we do a set. Doors open at 7 pm, so you can come in, get a seat, and have some delicious goodies to eat.

Saturday, March 10 at 8 pm we'll be at Oak Center General Store eleven miles southwest of Lake City. This charming venue has been going since the 1970s. There's a general store on the first floor, the concert hall upstairs, and an organic farm out back! There's always a potluck dinner here before the show.

All the details are here!!

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Appearing soon!

Apr 6, 2019
UNDERGROUND MUSIC CAFE
Falcon Heights MN
Apr 11, 2019
PRINCESS THEATER
St James MN
Apr 13, 2019
ACORN COFFEEHOUSE
Wheaton IL
Apr 27, 2019
LAKE CITY AREA ARTS CENTER
Lake City MN

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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