Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, Curtis & Loretta, Ellen Stekert

LIVING TRADITION: A Twin Cities Folk Showcase

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers

Curtis & Loretta

Ellen Stekert

Fri · October 19, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers
Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers
THE YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS perform original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country-duo, and old-time musical traditions--and also mines this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again.

Their 2015 album, "Ocooch Mountain Home," (their second), has received high praise from the likes of fROOTS, Bluegrass Today, and Country Music People UK.

Based in Soldiers Grove, WI, the Sapsuckers (Nikki Grossman, guitar, fiddle, and vocals; Joe Hart, guitar, mandolin, and vocals) perform frequent concerts, as well as square and contra dances, and they are known for the light touch and sense of humor they bring to their performance.
Curtis & Loretta
Curtis & Loretta
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 and America. The current menagerie includes folk harp, mandocello, guitars, clawhammer banjo, and National steel ukulele, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers. The folk singer-songwriter duo is based in Minneapolis, but they rack up countless miles each year, crisscrossing the country to perform for their loyal following from coast to coast.

Curtis Teague grew up in Duncanville, Texas, singing harmony in small country churches. When he discovered Pete Seeger, his musical path was forged. Loretta Simonet, a Minnesota native, grew up listening to Peter, Paul and Mary, Joni Mitchell, and Judy Collins. After earning a BA in theater, she met Curtis on the beach in Santa Cruz in 1977, and they did a gig together later that very evening. Those deep folk roots still influence their song-writing and performances. 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. City Pages says, “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.”

They were named “Best Acoustic Performers of the Twin Cities” by City Pages. They’ve received numerous awards and grants, including the “Artist Initiative” grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2015, culminating in their newest CD, “When There’s Good to Be Done.” For this project, Loretta sought out real-life people who have overcome great challenges in their lives, interviewed them, and crafted their stories into song. Adam Granger wrote, in Minnesota Bluegrass, "It's the best, most poignant, most powerful album of the nine this duo has recorded over the last quarter century... These are amazing stories - and each song is more powerful than the last. Loretta’s songwriting has improved steadily over the years and now, a hundred songs later, it sparkles… Instrumentally, the pair are a folkie power duo. Capable of double-digitry, they limit themselves to a half dozen instruments on When There’s Good to Be Done."

“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 CD ‘Just My Heart For You,’ it’s Simonet’s originals that are the real lifeblood.” ...The AV Club, The Onion, Minneapolis
Ellen Stekert
Ellen Stekert
Born in the 1930s in New York City, Ellen Stekert has lived through and absorbed the music and the ethos of the Great Depression, WWII, The Post War 50s, and the rise of the urban folk music movement. As a young anthropologist and folklorist Ellen collected traditional folk music from lumberjacks in Upstate New York and families in rural Appalachia. Later she met and sang with many of the well-known folksingers of the urban folk revival of the ‘50s and ‘60s, including Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and Joan Baez. She travelled for a year assisting Malvina Reynolds on concert tours.

Now in her eighth decade, she has returned from an academic career to share this wealth of musical experience with Twin Cities audiences, her repertoire enriched by songs she collected in her fieldwork.

Stekert does not attempt to emulate any traditional style. She sings with a plain and direct musicality that she calls “pre-Dylan Urban Folk.”

Tonight Ellen will share with us songs she has collected, songs brought to this country by immigrants, workers songs and protest songs as well as songs written by urban singers, who modeled their songs on traditional folk forms.
Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409