House Concert March 26 + Folk Radio Shows

Saturday, March 26 we're doing a house concert at a great spot, right in Golden Valley, a western suburb of Minneapolis. It's called Folk House. This series has hosted several concerts over the past couple years - Chuck and Jane's home is welcoming, comfortable, and an intimate space for a concert! Yes, the public, including YOU, are welcome!! 

Click here for all the details! 

The new CD, "When There's Good to Be Done" is getting airplay across the U.S.  Thank you, folk dj's!!!

Here are the latest folk radio shows that have played our CD, "When There's Good to Be Done." Call your local folk show, and request it!! If they don't have a copy, they can email us at www.curtisandloretta.com/contact/ to get a copy.

-- "Tuesday AM Mix," WFHB, Bloomington, IN

-- "Traditions," WFDU, Teaneck, NJ ("Special plaudit" for this new release!)

-- "Serendipity," CKOL, Ontario

-- "Off the Beaten Path," WBRS, Massachusetts

-- "Old Front Porch Radio Show," WXOU, Michigan

-- "Mostly Folk," podcast, Catskills, NY

-- "Music of the People," WMCB, Massachusetts

-- "Four Strong Winds," KVMR, California

-- "Midnight Special," WFMT, Chicago (also on "Rich's Picks" on this show) 

This weekend-Winter Bluegrass Weekend + Oak Center

The snow is almost all melted here in Minneapolis, and spring is on the (not too distant!) horizon. We've got two great performances coming up this weekend!  Friday evening we do a 35 minute set at MBOTMA's Winter Bluegrass Weekend, in Plymouth, Minnesota and Saturday evening we do a full length concert at the wonderfully intimate Oak Center General Store in southern Minnesota. We'll be doing many songs from the new CD - we'll be looking for you! Click here for all the details …. Curtis & Loretta

 

 

 

HOLIDAY SHOWS this weekend in Iowa and Illinois!

We're headed south (well, a little bit south of our own Minnesota!!), to do holiday shows in Iowa and Illinois this weekend. We'll be in Iowa City, Lewistown Illinois, and on Iowa Public Radio. In fact, wherever you are in the world, you can listen online Sunday, Dec 20 at approximately 3:15 pm till 3:45 pm CST, and hear us singing holiday songs on the air. Please click here for all the details!!

We'll be wearing Victorian Christmas costumes (yes, you can see them on the radio, if you come to the Folk Tree Holiday party at the studio in Cedar Falls!!)

http://www.curtisandloretta.com/gig/

Nice write-up in Rift Magazine!!

We just got a nice write-up in Riftmagazine.com, for the Sunday CD release concert at the Cedar! You can take a look here!

http://riftmagazine.com/event/curtis-loretta-friends-cd-release/

CD release concerts this weekend!!!

Finally, the big days are almost here! Saturday Nov 21 at 2 pm at the Owatonna Arts Center in Owatonna, Minnesota, and Sunday, Nov 22 at 7:30 pm at the Cedar in Minneapolis. We have been working diligently toward the CD release concerts since January 1 !!! First, I interviewed each person, then I wrote their song, then I got back together with them to "polish the edges," then we learned the songs, came up with arrangements for them, recorded them. And now, we get to present these songs to the world! Many of the people about whom I wrote will be at the concerts to greet the audience. 

Here's where to get all the details about the concerts.

Here's where to read all about the amazing people I wrote songs about, for the CD, "When There's Good to Be Done." You can also listen to sound samples of each song.

CDs are here!

The CDs are here! "When There's Good to Be Done" has come into the world. You can come help us celebrate its birth at one of the CD release concerts, Nov 21 at the Owatonna Arts Center in Owatonna, Minnesota, and Nov 22 at the Cedar in Minneapolis. You can get a CD at one of those concerts, order one, or get one at Homestead Pickin' Parlor or Electric Fetus. Please click here for information about the concerts and the CD !!

Loretta with Sandy Njoes, about to add bass tracks. She played a Gary Bartig Eminence bass on the recording.

CD about to be birthed!!

Hot diggedy dog! The CD is turned into the CD replication place. Now we wait for the copies!!!  When I started interviewing people in January, the actual CD seemed like a lifetime away, but it is getting so very, very close now. It is about to be born, and go out into the world. Please come join us at one of the CD release concerts. Sat, Nov 21 at 2 pm at the Owatonna Arts Center, in Owatonna, Minnesota, and Sun Nov 22 at 7:30 pm at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Click here for all the details of these concerts!

CD morphing into existence!

We're about 2/3 of the way done recording the new CD !!! We think it's sounding really good. We're recording with Armadillo Sound (Doug Lohman). We've got 99% of our instruments and vocals recorded. Now we have guest musicians coming in, including Peter Ostroushko on fiddle, Sandy Njoes on bass, Jacqueline Ultan on bowed cello, and more! For the Willmar 8 song I wrote, we have a choir of 11 women who sing the chorus, "The whole globe is watching you, it's starting now to improve. You are doing this for all of us, please don't stop keep on you must." The Willmar 8 were a group of 8 female bank employees who went out on strike in 1977, protesting gender discrimination and unfair labor practices. Read our blog to find out more! http://ats.curtisandloretta.com/blog/

Be sure to mark your calendar for our CD release concerts - Sat Nov 21 at 2 pm at Owatonna Arts Center in Owatonna, and Sun Nov 22 at 7:30 pm at Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Details at http://www.curtisandloretta.com/gig/

One more day at Fox Valley Folk Festival!

It was a great day at Fox Valley Folk Festival today, in Geneva Illinois (40 miles west of the Chicago Loop). A lot of great performers to listen to. The festival goes on one more day. Our schedule for tomorrow is Noon at Workshop Stage 1, "Unsung Heroes" with Curtis  & Loretta, Joe Crookston and Ben Bradford; 1 pm at Workshop Stage 3, for Songs of Heart and Hearth with Curtis & Loretta, Cosy Sheridan and Mustard's Retreat; 5 pm at Workshop Stage 1, "Parting Songs" with Curtis & Loretta and Mustard's Retreat.

More info at : http://www.foxvalleyfolk.com

Here's a photo from last time we were at Fox Valley Folk Festival, giving a harp workshop in 2012.

 

 

We'll be at Fox Valley Folk Festival Labor Day weekend!

It's official - we'll be performing once again at Fox Valley Folk Festival just west of Chicago on Labor Day weekend!  It's the 39th year for the biggest folk festival in Illinois!  We were last there in 2012, and we're really excited to be returning. We'll be in amazing "folk" company - this year's line-up includes Sparky and Rhonda Rucker,  Claudia Schmidt, Joe Crookston, Mustard's Retreat, Andrew Calhoun, Cosy Sheridan and many more. The stage schedule will be on their website when it's a bit closer. http://www.foxvalleyfolk.com

 

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"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." 

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