We are happy to announce we'll be playing at two intimate holiday events, playing traditional Christmas and seasonal favorites, in our Victorian costumes.
On Thursday, Dec 7 we perform at the Hooper-Bowler-Hillstrom House in Belle Plaine, MN, from 6 pm till 8 pm. Come tour this historical house as we sing in the parlor! Its claim to fame is a two-story outhouse!
On Saturday, Dec 16 we'll be at Art's House Gallery in River Falls, WI, from noon till 2 pm. Tour this intimate art gallery and meet the artists!
---Our new album, Lift the World, is getting lots of attention! It's been played by folk radio dj’s across the U.S. and overseas. It’s on the Top Albums of October, November, and December 2022 on the Folk Music charts.
--- Track # 4,“Karmic Closet,” is on Don Jacobson's Favorites of 2022 on "Movin' On" on KBOO Radio in Portland, Oregon
--- “Song of the Soul” on Northern Spirit Radio said, “Minnesota's Twin Cities are teeming with musical talents, among them Curtis and Loretta. They've been making and performing fine mostly-folkish music for more than three decades. Loretta Simonet writes the lion's share of their songs, and her primary instrument is either the guitar or the folk harp, accompanied by Curtis' deep voice & rich instrumental skills. You'll find yourself uplifted by Loretta's upbeat lyrics & voice, as you might expect from a life-long singer & theater major."
---“I love your new album - such excellent new songs and music.” … Lilli Kuzma, Folk Festival Radio show, WDCB, Chicago
---“Thanks for sending your record. It’s chock full of goodies.” Rik James, Americana Backroads, KGLT Radio, Bozeman, Montana
Join us for our album release concert for "Lift the World" at Ginkgo Coffeehouse in St. Paul, MN, on Saturday, Nov 19 at 8 pm. We'll be joined onstage by two of the wonderful musicians from the recording; Tom Schaefer on fiddle and Sandy Njoes on bass. Click here for all the details.
This album spotlights our original songwriting with 10 new songs, many of which were written during the pandemic. Exhibiting the playfulness and pathos that are a hallmark of our live shows, this timely collection is full of songs that speak to our times yet feel like timeless folk classics.
Funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, this album was certainly born of the pandemic. After over 40 years of almost constant touring, we found ourselves, like so many musicians, stuck at home, with no work. During those days of canceled gigs, we had time and space to step back and view the world with clear and insightful vision, from the heart-warming, to the humorous, to the heart-breaking.
We are joined by wonderful guest musicians Tom Schaefer on fiddle, Sandy Njoes on bass fiddle, and Sera Smolen on bowed cello.
"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