VIDEO OF FINAL "WHEN THERE'S GOOD TO BE DONE" TOUR IN MINNESOTA

The final concert of our "When There's Good to Be Done" tour throughout Minnesota, funded in part by the MN State Arts Board, was held at the Owatonna Arts Center, on May 4. Here's the link to the video, which was made courtesy of Limberg Productions. Click on the link, then scroll down to the Curtis & Loretta video.

http://www.owatonnalive.com/Arts-and-History.html

It was a very special afternoon, with a wonderful crowd filling the chairs. The Arts Center is located in the building that was originally the main building of the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage. We sang many of the the songs from the CD, all about real people who overcame great challenges in their lives. But absolutely the most touching were the songs I wrote about two men who grew up at the Orphanage, in the 1930s and 40s, especially because they were with us, in the audience! After the concert, Peter Razor and Harvey Ronglien spoke to the audience and answered questions. It was so very poignant to hear their stories right at the Orphanage where they grew up.

Curtis & Loretta sing "Case 9164" about Harvey Ronglien growing up at the State Orphanage. You can see Harvey in the audience, in the yellow shirt. Peter Razor is sitting directly behind him.

 

 

Curtis & Loretta are an acclaimed folk singer/songwriter duo featuring extraordinary harmonies and an array of stringed instruments.

Curtis Teague:
vocals, guitar, mandolin, mandocello, clawhammer banjo,steel ukulele, harmonica

 

Loretta Simonet:
vocals, folk harp, guitar, mandolin, kazoo, shakers 

 

 

UPLIFTING NEWS FROM WTIP RADIO, GRAND MARAIS, MN

Lutsen resident Dave Howe on what inspired him to donate a kidney to a stranger.

 

Last October, 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 recently -

"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:

 

https://www.wtip.org/lutsen-resident-dave-howe-what-inspired-him-donate-kidney?fbclid=IwAR1E0SHq0RWJVpG7k8Gn5FLT_LY0K3MmaESR_T_Wm0T94qsEDXlxLwoFHvI

 

:) You should feel really really good about this. All the best! Annie"
-- 
Annie Possis, producer, The Roadhouse

  

 

 

MARCH 9 OWATONNA SHOW RE-SCHEDULED FOR MAY 4

The extreme winter weather continues here in Minnesota! It's been one big storm after another, and here is ANOTHER! Forecasts are for  heavy snow, ice, and gusting winds this weekend. They say folks should stay home and not travel. So in the interest for everyone's safety, we're postponing our March 9 concert at the Owatonna Arts Center. It's been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 pm.

 

It will still be a "When There's Good to Be Done" show, and Peter Razor will be on hand to talk and answer questions after the show!

 

The Barn Theatre in Willmar, MN on October 13, 2018 "When There's Good to Be Done" Tour

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

November, 2017 News - WE GOT THE GRANT!

Back in July, 2017, Loretta applied for the Arts Tour Minnesota Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. We just found out we were awarded the grant!!

Curtis & Loretta will do concerts at 22 locations across greater Minnesota, singing original songs of unsung Minnesota heroes from our CD, "When There's Good to Be Done." Thank you to the Arts Board, and the voters of the State of Minnesota, who voted to create the Legacy Fund for projects such as this, back in 2008.

 

 

 

Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 - We're doing a benefit concert for the Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater, Minnesota at 2 pm.  This committed group of folks is raising money to buy the Zephyr Train Depot in Stillwater, and transform it into a 330 seat professional theatre.  Come help them to reach their goal! $20 at the door. More info at http://www.stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org.

A big thank you to the Stillwater Gazette for helping us get the word out!! 

 

We had a great time playing at "Hotdish For Homelessness," a fundraiser for Family Promise, September 21, 2017, in Ramsey, MN. We played before the show, which featured Garrison Keillor! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACOUSTIC GUITAR PROJECT

We did it! We're part of "Acoustic Guitar Project," going on across the U.S.

Here's info from their website, about how it works!

  • Each participating city has its own guitar. Every season, we choose five new local musicians to write an original song on their city's guitar.  Each musician has one week to write their original song and record it live. Musicians can only use the guitar and handheld recorder we provide. No editing is allowed.

 

Loretta wrote a song titled "Smiles Said it All," and we recorded it in our living room.

You can take a listen, and hear the story behind it here. 

 

 

 

Newest  CD, "When There's Good to Be Done"

(Nov, 2015)

This CD features 12 original songs Loretta wrote about real people who overcame great challenges in their lives. It's the culmination of a year long project through an Artist Initiative grant that Loretta was awarded, from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Click here to find out how to get one, what's on it, and to listen to sound samples!

 

 

 

Loretta wrote each of the 12 songs on "When There's Good to Be Done" about real-life people who have gone through great challenges in their lives and come out stronger for the journey. She interviewed each person, crafted their story into a song, and then got back together with with them to polish the edges. These are ordinary people with extraordinary qualities. There's a woman who donated a kidney to a little girl she'd never met, a WWII POW who survived the German Death March, a woman who grew up in a small primitive village in Somalia and is now a nurse at Mayo Clinic, one of the worst injured of the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, and many more!  

 

 

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Appearing soon!

Jul 6, 2019
FAMILY FESTIVAL
Walnut Grove MN
Jul 12, 2019
OLD COURTHOUSE MUSEUM
Sioux Falls SD
Jul 12, 2019
LAURA INGALLS WILDER PAGEANT
De Smet SD
Jul 13, 2019
BROOKINGS SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL
Brookings SD

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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