Like all musicians, all of our gigs are canceled for the foreseeable future.
The good news is that we did our first livestream ever on May 12. You can watch it right here, at https://www.facebook.com/loretta.simonet/videos/10216816335577580/. It's an hour of poignant songs and fun songs, with tight harmonies, and folk harp, mandocello, guitars, banjo and ukulele. We did mostly originals, with one brand new one, "Beauty of the Song."
We'll let you know when we're going to do another livestream!
We send our deepest condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to the coronavirus, and we send our love and support to those who are suffering from coronavirus symptoms. We send a big thank you to all of the healthcare workers, grocery store workers and so many others who are keeping us well and safe. The silver lining we've seen in this terrible pandemic, is the incredible sense of community we've noticed all around us. On our daily walk around the neighborhood, people wave as we pass on the sidewalk across the street. We notice more people sitting in their yards, and we stop to say hi and compare notes on our dogs. People are not so rushed. The streets are quiet here in the city.
There are still some "live" gigs listed on our calendar, but we'll see how that pans out as time goes on. We'll let you know!
Hi to Everyone, from our Quarantine Home in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
We sincerely hope you are all doing well, and staying safe during this strange new world we are sharing. Due to the pandemic of Coronavirus, all our concerts have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Our lives, like so many people's, are on hold indefinitely. These are strange times such as we've never seen before, but we are lifted up by all the acts of kindness we see everyday, as people reach out to help others through this. Stay safe and healthy, stay home if you can, and we'll see you as soon as we can!!
We are working on new music here at home, and want to share this video we made a few days ago. Loretta wrote this.
Free noon-time concert in downtown Sacramento. Bring your bag lunch! Since 2002, thousands of music lovers have entered Westminster’s peaceful, Byzantine-Romanesque sanctuary to hear a wide variety of inspiring music. For info, 916-442-8939
Concerts are held at Fogartlyville/WSLR Radio listening room in beautiful downtown Sarasota. Refreshments, including a food truck, beer, wine and sodas are available for purchase. No pets please. Info and tickets at https://wslr.org. Admission $10 / $12
"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." ... Dirytyy Linen
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Curtis & Loretta are an acclaimed folk singer/songwriter duo featuring extraordinary harmonies and an array of stringed instruments.
Loretta Simonet: vocals, folk harp, guitar, mandolin, kazoo, shakers
Curtis & Loretta at Pacific Northwest Folklore Society, Sept 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of Steve Marti, Loretta's high school friend!
UPLIFTING NEWS FROM WTIP RADIO,
GRAND MARAIS, MN
Lutsen resident Dave Howe on what inspired him to donate a kidney to a stranger.
In October 2018, 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 a few months later -
"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: