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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."                          ... Dirytyy Linen

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Curtis and Loretta are in many ways the quintessential folk duo: finely honed vocal harmonies of multidimensional intrigue, abundant talent on an array of stringed instruments, deep traditional roots, great originals, and equally strong strains of gravity and playful irreverence. It's been about a year since their last album, Just My Heart for You, but this gig is still a milestone, as it marks 30 years of musical partnership and 20 of marriage. Expect Irish drinking songs, tunes about bugs and lutefisk, a little Stephen Foster, a Yiddish folk tune or two, and an array of Loretta's remarkable originals. The latter are often certifiable tearjerkers, tackling, for instance, the ravages of Alzheimer's and the story of a concentration camp heroine. Loretta pulls it off by sidestepping melodrama in favor of eloquent writing and clear-eyed journalistic detail. It's both musically riveting and spiritually invigorating. David Hanners opens. $12/$15 at the door. 8:00 p.m. —Rick Mason SAT MAR 24 Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis; 612.338.2674  ” - Rick Mason

— City Pages A-List Picks (Minneapolis, MN)

Review of "Our Heritage in Song The duo sings beautifully.....The singing is robust and the accompaniment of mandocello and Celtic harp very lovely....Curtis and Loretta have produced a fascinating recording collecting music that is of particular interest to anyone with a love for authentic American folk music.” - Tom Druckenmiller

— Sing Out!

Curtis & Loretta (CD Release) As veteran treasures of the Twin Cities folk scene, Curtis & Loretta don't really have a reputation for covering the hits—until now, though the popular tunes that receive their customary charming and spirited attention on their new album go all the way back to '58. That would be 1858, the year Minnesota became a state. In fact, the songs on Our Heritage in Song would have been widely sung around the new state that year and were brought together by Curtis & Loretta as part of a Minnesota sesquicentennial project. There are sea chanteys; a children's ditty to the tune of "Yankee Doodle"; songs related to voyageurs, farmers, loggers, homesteaders; some dealing with contemporary issues like the looming Civil War and the evils of slavery; several referenced by Laura Ingalls Wilder; one recounting the exploits of outlaw Jesse James; and Abe Lincoln's campaign song. It's a sweeping tapestry of life and times 150 years ago, with topical threads that remain relevant today, specifically those about hard times and the poignant "When This Cruel War Is Over." As expected, Curtis & Loretta nail every one: His rich tenor entwines with her sparkling soprano for thrilling harmonies, while they adeptly accompany themselves on vintage stringed instruments that would have been familiar to nascent Minnesotans. To further set the mood, Curtis & Loretta will dress in 1850s attire when they introduce this truly unique project at the Cedar. The Cedar Minneapolis, MN Date/Time:Sun., January 24, 2010  7:00pm  ” - Rick Mason

— City Pages (Minneapolis, MN)