“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 wrote in the Minneapolis City Pages A-List. Curtis and Loretta will be at the Brainerd Public Library on Wednesday July 11 at 2:00pm.
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 carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America, and beyond. The current musical menagerie includes Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, claw hammer 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 revel in writing songs about the heroism and integrity of real-life, ordinary people, often people they actually know. “Angel of Bergen-Belsen” is the story of Luba Tryszynska, a holocaust survivor who saved 54 children during World War II. Curtis & Loretta sought her out and met her after writing the song, and visited her four times at her home in Miami. “Gone Forever” tells the heart wrenching story of Loretta coming to terms with her dad’s
Alzheimer's. “Elza and Branko (The Siege of Sarajevo)” details the love and bravery of a couple living through the Balkan wars. Curtis & Loretta located Elza (now a widow) and were in contact with her for many years.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.