Folk music duo, Curtis & Loretta, seen here, have been jamming together since 1977. — Curtis & Loretta.

Folk music duo, Curtis & Loretta, seen here, have been jamming together since 1977. — Curtis & Loretta.

Coyle’s Concert in the Woods series continues this weekend with Folk duo Curtis & Loretta

Curtis & Loretta, a folk duo from Minnesota that’s performed in Coyle before, returns with many their proficiency in multiple instruments.

COYLE — Folk music duo Curtis &Loretta will perform Saturday evening at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center as part of the ongoing Concerts in the Woods series.

“Every couple of years this amazing folk duo from Minnesota tours through the Pacific Northwest,” said Norm Johnson, Coyle concerts founder.

“This year, they are a featured act at the Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland, and we are lucky to have them also make a stop in Coyle.”

The performance is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the community center, 923 Hazel Point Road.

Admission to the all-ages show is by donation.

Complimentary cookies and coffee will be offered at intermission.

The duo currently is touring to promote their most recent album, “When There’s Good to Be Done,” which was released in 2015, Johnson said.

“Curtis &Loretta are especially known for their incorporation of so many folk instruments in their shows, including Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica, shakers and spoons,” Johnson said.

“It makes for a fascinating show that always seems to end too soon.”

Curtis &Loretta this afternoon will offer a sneak peak of their music with a live interview on Tossed Salad, hosted by Phil Andrus on KPTZ 91.9 FM, Johnson said. The show is on air from 12:05 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The husband and wife duo’s 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, according to their website.

They were married nearly three decades ago in Santiago, Mexico.

They’ve racked up countless miles on a procession of minivans throughout the years, crisscrossing the country to present their unique brand of folk singer-songwriter music, according to their biography.

Curtis grew up in Duncanville, Texas, just south of Dallas, according to the biography. At 12, he bought a guitar and taught himself to play. His determination to learn was bolstered by the fact that his parents told him it was just too hard to do.

Three years later, he ran away from home and ended up in Hawaii, where he lived for about five years.

He later traveled to California, where he would meet Loretta, who had grown up in Stillwater, Minn.

On a Friday afternoon in April 1977, she headed to the beach to practice her guitar and met Curtis who began jamming along with her on a mandolin, according to their biography, and they have been inseparable since.

The community center is located at the southern tip of the Toandos Peninsula and is operated by the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation District with help from area residents.

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