When There's Good to Be Done

by Curtis & Loretta

Released 2015
Haymarket Music
Released 2015
Haymarket Music
Poignant story-songs of real-life people who have overcome great challenges in their lives, with tight harmony vocals, folk harp, mandocello and guitar.
  • 04:27 Story Lyrics When There's Good to Be Done

    In a bright sunny Florida home,

    Christy was on-line and she was there alone,

    A Minnesota girl caught her eye,

    Usually she'd scroll on by,

    Sick kids were too sad,

    Was it an angel, that said, "Don't pass?"

  • 04:08 Lyrics June On His Mind


    by Loretta Simonet © 2015


    1.  Len and June were sweethearts

    In school they were as one,

    They wanted so to marry,

    But they knew they were too young.

    So Leonard joined the Navy,

    He quit school to fight at sea,

    June waitressed after school, at the Cozy Tea.


    He shipped out on the USS Reid,


    In Philippines they guarded

    The supply ships off the shore

    He positioned a gun on portside

    In the fighting from the start,

    He kept his pocket Bible,

    Buttoned near his heart.                                           




    Kamikazes in the sky,

    Come to kill, come to die,

    Bible in his pocket,

    And June on his mind.


    2. The Reid was the flagship,

    Of the convoy on that day,

    They headed down to Ormoc,

    After they left Leyte Bay,

    Len was on deck when he heard 

    “To your battle stations men,”

    Then terrifying silence

    In skies overhead.


    Then a gunner’s mate said,

    “I see them, twelve are there,”

    Len pointed his gun at them,

    The machine guns opened fire,

    One roared so close off portside,

    Len could almost touch the wing,

    Bullets hailed down,

    The world was deafening.       




    3.  Len was almost knocked down,

    A plane crashed on starboard,

    One crashed the ammunition

    His bomb blew the ship apart,

    A great explosion, fire raged

    The Reid rolled to starboard side,

    She sank stern first,

    In two minutes time.


    Len reached for his life belt,

    And jumped into the sea,

    Bullets strafed the waters, 

    Of the warm Comotes Sea,

    Above the planes were firing,

    And then twenty feet away,

    A man called out for help and

    Sank beneath the waves.




    4. The sailor’s head came up,

    And Len swam right to him,

    He held him above water,

    And kept ahold of him,

    A sailor came to help then,

    And they treaded water for

    The man they saved three thousand feet

    Above the ocean floor.


    They were all rescued,

    In an hour maybe less,

    A hundred and three men died,

    Most all below the decks,

    A hundred fifty-five survived,

    And Len was one so blessed,

    He married his dear June

    In 1946.


  • 03:19 What Each One Needs
  • 05:54 On the Day They Said I Do
  • 03:46 Dragonfly
  • 06:42 Where the North Wind Blows
  • 03:00 Give Love a Chance
  • 05:37 Case 9164
  • 04:01 The Bridge
  • 06:07 Habibo
  • 05:53 Lyrics I Will Get Home


    by Loretta Simonet © 2015


    1.  Ball turret gunner in a B-17,

    Lester joined when he was nineteen.

    Headed back to England on his tenth mission,

    Germans hit their number four engine.


    The fuel tank trailed flames thirty feet long

    Great explosions rocked each man

    The pilot turned the plane around,

    Tryin’ to make it back to land.


    2. Lester strapped on his parachute,

    As the wintry North Sea they crossed,

    When they saw the Denmark coast below,

    They bailed out and the wing blew off.


    Dozens of guns pointed at him,

    As he landed hard in a field,

    The beatings were brutal but all he would utter,

    Was name, rank and serial number.



    Lester do you think that you will

    Live through World War Two,

    Will you see peace again,

    And Minnesota too?


    Oh what mother and father are going through,

    I will not lose hope,

    I have to get back for them,  

    I will get home.


    3. At Stalag Luft Six, Lester’s hunger pangs 

    Never went away.

    Once a day he got watery soup,

    A can of rotten fish some days.


    The Russian troops were closing in,

    So they jammed the men in boxcars,

    Then four days crowded so tight in a coal ship,

    They stood, no food, a sip of water.


    4. At the next camp, Stalag Luft Four,

    There was less food than before.

    When the Russians got close again, the Germans evacuated,

    Ten thousand men.


    Lester marched out with five hundred of them,

    So weak, that February day,

    In bitter cold, with ragged clothes,

    Bayonets pointed the way.




    5.  Week  after week they staggered on,

    They slept on frozen ground or in a barn, 

    Les had one thin blanket, holes in his shoes,

    Like walking dead, they herded them along.


    Some days they ate nothing, dysentery plagued them,

    And when a man could not go on,

    Lester heard the shot, it happened every day,

    And the German Death March moved on.


    6. The English Army freed them in May,

    They had walked for 86 days,

    Evading the Allies nearly 800

    Miles the experts now say.


    In 2012 Lester met the pilot    

    Of the plane that shot him down,

    He said thank you for sparing us,

    You let us bail out and make it to ground.




    I did get home !


  • 04:39 Willmar 8 (We Are All Equal You Know)
  • Story Lyrics Lyrics to this CD
These are songs of strength, courage, hope, kindness, and determination. Loretta wrote each one about real-life, ordinary people, who turned out to be extraordinary. Backed by an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, she sought out people who had overcome great challenges in their lives and come out stronger for the journey. She interviewed each one, and crafted their story into a song.

The stellar cast of characters includes a woman who …
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Just My Heart For You

by Curtis & Loretta

Released 2006
Haymarket Music
Released 2006
Haymarket Music
Award-winning acoustic duo delivers poignant original songs of angels and regular folks looking out for each other, along with timeless traditional pieces and fun songs of lutefisk, bugs, and more. “Perfect harmonies.acoustic virtuosity." .Dirty Linen Mag

“Husband-and-wife team Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet are living treasures of the Twin Cities folk scene, with a body of music rich in lovely harmonies and delicately wrought mandolin and harp. Though there’s plenty of traditional material on the duo’s new “Just My Heart For You,” it’s Simonet’s originals that are the real lifeblood.” .
...The Onion, Minneapolis

“For nearly 30 years and seven …
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Sit Down Beside Me

by Curtis & Loretta

Released 2001
Haymarket Music
Released 2001
Haymarket Music
Timeless songs and tunes of the British Isles with incredible harmonies, Celtic harp, mandolin, and mandocello, by an award winning husband and wife duo.
For their latest CD, “Sit Down Beside Me,” Minneapolis duo Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet chose to interpret a set of familiar songs and tunes from the British Isles. 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. This is an elegant recording, satisfying …
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Gone Forever

by Curtis & Loretta

Released 1999
Haymarket Music
Released 1999
Haymarket Music
Extraordinary harmonies and lots of stringed instruments. The title track is the acclaimed song Loretta wrote about her dad's battle with Alzheimer's.
“There is not a more touching song on the planet than ‘Gone Forever.’”
.............David Stafford, KKUP, San Jose

Curtis & Loretta’s CD, ‘Gone Forever,’ is.... “poignant and piercing.....”
...........Jim Walsh, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“acoustic virtuosity on guitars, Celtic harp, & mandolin....”
...Tom Mobbs, Dirty Linen Magazine

“....their poignant lyrics make the traditional song forms hum. Simonet’s vocals are heartrendingly lovely, especially on the title cut of the couple’s latest album, ‘Gone Forever,’ which …
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Our Heritage in Song

by Curtis & Loretta

Released 2009
Haymarket Music
Released 2009
Haymarket Music
Vibrant traditional songs that helped shape Minnesota history, with beautiful close harmonies and turn of the last century instruments
Listen as Curtis & Loretta celebrate the vibrant music that helped shape Minnesota!! This radiant album is made up entirely of songs Curtis & Loretta's ancestors would have been singing in their native Minnesota in 1858, when it was a brand new state. These traditional musical gems highlight the married couple’s old world charm as never before. The duo make history come alive, as their tight vocal harmonies resonate on such poignant songs as “The Farmer is …
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It's Where You Hang Your Hat

by Curtis & Loretta

Released 1994
Haymarket Music
Released 1994
Haymarket Music
Named "Best Acoustic Performers of the Twin Cities" by City Pages, this husband and wife duo excels in tight harmonies, lots of stringed instruments, poignant original songs, and timeless traditional songs.
"There’s something about the charming local folk duo Curtis & Loretta that transcends their talents on a variety of stringed instruments, their finely interwoven vocal harmonies, and their ability to make traditional folk tunes--mostly from the British Isles--shimmer with fresh vitality. That secret ingredient is at the core of Loretta’s songwriting (Curtis ain’t no slouch on that score either.) With a journalist’s eye for detail and a knack for tugging at heartstrings …
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by Curtis & Loretta

Released 2008
Haymarket Music
Released 2008
Haymarket Music
All your favorite Christmas carols, with beautiful harmony vocals and traditional stringed instruments, including folk harp, mandolin, mandocello and guitar. Plus harmonica, and celeste, an 1800's musicbox-sounding keyboard.

Curtis & Loretta have re-released this all Christmas recording, originally released as a cassette tape in 1991. It's been digitally re-mastered, and the music is as sweet and pure as ever!!

It was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs. The husband and wife couple's harmonies are extraordinary. Curtis adds mandocello, mandolin and guitar. Loretta plays folk harp, guitar, and mandolin. And on the lighter, Santa Claus songs, Loretta plays …
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