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

 

Heading to Hayward, Wisconsin this Saturday!

We're heading to northern Wisconsin, to play at the Farmstead Creamery and Cafe on Saturday. It'll be our first time ever there, and it looks like a great place! It's part of their Summer Concert Series, and they'll have wood fired pizza available! Yes, it's an actual farm, and it's right outside of Hayward. The owner, Laura Berlage is a great harp player (we've seen her perform with our friend Tom Draughn, from Ashland, Wisconsin.) Laura often performs there too.  Here's the whole schedule for the summer!

Lester Schrenk's documentary on TV again!

"Mortal Enemies," the documentary about WWII POW Lester Schrenk will be shown again on Minnesota Public Television July 19 and July 26!  I've written a song about Lester's story of enduring 2 POW camps and the German Death March. My song, titled "I Will Get Home," will be on our upcoming CD to be realeased in November. The song is NOT part of this documentary. The program was made in 2012 by Denmark Television. It deals particularly with Lester seeking out and meeting the German pilot who shot him down in 1944. He has forgiven him, and they are good friends now. This documentary captures the moment of their meeting each other for the first time, in 2012. And if you didn't read the Pioneer Press' front page article about Lester on Memorial Day weekend, here's the link. 

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_28172819/minnesotan-les-schrenk-survived-wwii-now-he-knows

Here's the schedule for "Mortal Enemies"

tpt MN - The Minnesota Channel
Showing statewide on all 6 PBS stations in Minnesota
Channel 2.2 by antenna in the Twin Cities; check listing for local cable
Sun Jul 19th @ 9:30 pm
 
Sun Jul 26th @ 3:30 am
 
Sun Jul 26th @ 9:30 am
 
Sun Jul 26th @ 3:30 pm

 

 

Heading to South Dakota!

Hey Folks, we are heading out to South Dakota this weekend to perform at the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. This has become a real tradition for us. We've been there every year for at least 25 years. I've got to check old calendars - it could be even longer. It's an amazing festival, with hundreds of top notch juried artists, 3 stages of entertainment, and of course lots of food, an antiques area (Curtis' favorite!), and more! 

There's an area of the festival that has early American, Rendezvous traders, so we dress the part! Saturday we'll be on the West Stage at 5 pm, Sunday on the Children's Stage at 10:30 am. The rest of the time, we "minstrel" through the park. 

Here's the link to our Calendar with the details! 

 

New Curtis & Loretta website launched!

Here it is folks, same address, but brand spanking new website for Curtis & Loretta. Feel free to browse around.  Be sure to check out our NEW BLOG HERE with details of how the Minnesota State Arts Board grant / CD project is coming along! You can also take a look at our photo gallery, with photos we've been squirreling away for years - photos from concerts, tours, even one from when I was in a 9th grade talent show - it's the one at the very bottom, black and white of course! If you click the forward arrow on the first photo, it will automatically start a slide show for you, of all the photos. You can pause them if you want to stop and look at one for longer. 


I'd like to thank our friend Bob Waltz for teaching me how to tackle this website project! Up till now, all I've ever done myself is update the concert schedule. But with Bob's help, I've learned how to do a DIY website.  Well OK, I'm still learning!! 

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Sep 16, 2017
ORPHANAGE MUSEUM at Arts Center
Owatonna MN
Sep 29, 2017
NOBLES COUNTY ART CENTER
Worthington MN
Sep 30, 2017
PLAINSONG HOUSE CONCERT
Roca NE
Oct 1, 2017
HOUSE CONCERT
Manhattan KS

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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