KETR
  • October 15
  • Harmony House Concerts, Ravenna
  • October 15, 2017
  • Category: Live Music: Folk

Event Details

  • October 15, 2017
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • $15.00 per person
  • Pay at door in cash or check made out to Loretta Simonet.

Venue

Event Description

Curtis & Loretta’s music comes straight from the heart. The husband and wife duo’s extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and traditional pieces from America and the British Isles. The current menagerie includes mandocello, folk harp, guitars, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, and mandolin, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers. Curtis’ down-home sense of humor and Loretta’s theater background engage the audience in an experience that runs the gamut of rolling with laughter to holding back tears, with plenty of side-trips in between. They rack up countless miles each year, crisscrossing the country to deliver their own unique brand of folk singer/songwriter music. Their heartfelt originals explore timeless issues such as love and longing, and they also boldly tackle tough subjects such as Alzheimer’s (“Can You Take Me Home?”), and war (“Angel of Bergen-Belsen”). Loretta was awarded an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2015, and wrote 12 songs about real-life people who have overcome great odds in their lives. This stellar cast of characters includes a woman who donated a kidney to a toddler she didn’t know; a woman who grew up in great hardship in the grasslands of Somalia and is now a nurse at Mayo Clinic; a couple facing the challenges and reaping the rewards of raising 2 severely autistic children; a couple who met in their 20s, lost touch for many years, then found each other and married 40 years later, plus many more. The resulting CD, “When There’s Good to Be Done,” released in November 2015, reveals that if we only look closely at the ordinary people among us, we often discover extraordinary people. They received an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the State Arts Board in 2010, and were named “Best Acoustic Performers of the Twin Cities” by City Pages in 2002. Their CDs have appeared on “Top Albums of the Year,” at folkradio.org, and they’ve received several nominations for Best Acoustic Folk Artist for the Minnesota Music Awards. They’ve released nine CDs, and shared billings with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Holly Near, Vassar Clements, Claudia Schmidt, and many more! Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet were married (to each other!) in 1987, and live in Minneapolis. Curtis & Loretta play a wide variety of stringed instruments. They mix up a delicious brew with a bit of traditional folk; a pinch of the music from the UK/Celtic; and a generous heap of originals and laughter. They will play 2 45-minute sets with a 30-intermission to get another cup of coffee and snack from the munchies provided by hosts. CURTIS TEAGUE Vocals, mandocello, mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, harmonica LORETTA SIMONET Vocals, Celtic harp, guitar, celeste, mandolin, kazoo, shakers

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