Prairie Songs: Sing Along with Laura Ingalls
September 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Marshall Lyon County Library
Traditional folk music duo Curtis & Loretta presents “Prairie Songs: Sing Along with Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet bring to life the music that Laura and her family sang in the beloved Little House on the Prairie books. Dressed in pioneer costumes, they accompany their resonant vocal harmonies on fiddle, guitars, banjo, spoons, harmonica, and celeste (a vintage keyboard that sounds like bells).
Join in on the traditional songs that Pa led his family in singing. Imagine yourself with Laura and her family, in front of a cozy fire in their cabin, in the Wisconsin woods, on the Kansas plains, and on the prairies of Minnesota and South Dakota.
In between songs, Curtis & Loretta’s engaging stage presence shines through with commentary and history about the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder. They go beyond what folks read in the books, exploring how little Laura grew up to be a world-famous author.
Was everything she wrote in her books absolutely true? What things did she change, and why? What did Laura do after the last book ends? Why did she start writing her books at the age of 60? How did she become such an engaging writer, with such vivid descriptions? They also address the times in which the stories are set, and whether there are some passages in the books that are culturally insensitive.
This program is funded with money from Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.