Curtis & Loretta

Curtis & Loretta SimonetCurtis & Loretta's music comes straight from the heart. The husband and wife duo's extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of acoustic stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America, and beyond. The current menagerie includes folk harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo, and National steel ukulele, 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.

Curtis & Loretta have performed together for 36 years, and made eight recordings. They've racked up countless miles over the years, crisscrossing the country to deliver their own unique brand of folk singer/songwriter music. They have also developed an 1800s historical show, in costume, which is educational as well as entertaining. They're available for festivals, concerts, universities, schools, and more!

Curtis & Loretta received an Arts Tour Minnesota Grant from the State Arts Board in 2010. They were named Best Acoustic Performer of the Twin Cities by City Pages entertainment newspaper in Minneapolis, and they've been nominated several times for the Minnesota Music Awards "Best Acoustic Folk Artist." The duo was on "Top Artists of 2006" on the Folk Radio Charts, and their CDs have also appeared there on "Top Albums of the Year."

"Overall, an excellent performance...The artistic talent of Curtis & Loretta is top-notch." ...Francie Ganje, Heritage of the American West Performance Series, Spearfish, S.D.

"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." ... Rick Mason, Minneapolis City Pages A-List.

Technical requirements: Sound system with 6 inputs, 3 vocal microphones on boomstands and 2 instrument microphones on boomstands. Need to get into performance area 2 hours before performance. Performer can bring sound system if necessary.

Fee structure: $600 - $1,250. SDAC support up to 50%.

Contact: Loretta Simonet
PO Box 18652, Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 781-9537
e-mail:  loretta@curtisandloretta.com
website: www.curtisandloretta.com

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