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Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

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Curt Carter and Tom Connelley

"Environmental music with a message"

Curt Carter and Tom Connelley have been called "Illinois' pre-eminent folk warriors" and remain solely atop this realm in the Midwest. Original compositions highlighting the artist’s love of the natural world make up the bulk of the writing. Every song or reading has a story, a purpose, an inspiration. Without preaching, they allow the listener to find the beauty and harmony of the natural world within one’s self.

They have been performing together since 1988, during which their music has seen a wide range of venues from live radio, club, coffeehouse, and festival performances to political and environmental awareness benefits. Carter and Connelley has been featured on several performance series broadcast on public television in Illinois, and shared the stage with comedians Richard Lewis and Al Franken, folk icons Trout Fishing in America and John Hartford, and rock and blues guitarists Larry McMurtry and Coco Montoya.

They have also partnered with National Audubon, Wilderness Education Association, Heartland Pioneers, Illinois State Parks and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio state teachers conferences among many other local, state and national organizations.

Some of their latest compositions mark the re-discovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker once thought to be extinct. Love of the earth and family, respect for those who have gone before, and interest in Native American beliefs are evident throughout their performances. Their CD “Songs From The Seventh Direction” takes its title from a Lakota legend revealing the hidden spirit source that lies within each person.

Carter and Connelley have a new CD “Live at the Sheldon” recorded at the Sheldon Concert Hall in Saint Louis, Missouri. These are truly songs from the heart! That is why Carter and Connelley like to call it "Environmental music with a message". Curt and Tom make sure everyone has fun in the process telling humorous anecdotes along with original readings to complement the songs.

Contact Curt and Tom via e-mail at or by phone at 1-618-549-0345

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