Concert: Lehto & WrightName: Concert: Lehto & WrightDate: October 18, 2019Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDTTrip Builder: View TripEvent Description:
Lanesboro Arts presents an evening with the folk-rock trio Lehto & Wright at the historic St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro on Friday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. Fusing Celtic folk traditions with American progressive-rock guitar stylings, Lehto & Wright take a fresh approach to time-honored songs with a sound that’s larger than life. Based in Minneapolis, the group gave their first live performance in 1999 and they haven’t stopped since. By taking cues from the British Isles and American folk traditions and interpreting them with contemporary guitar-based arrangements, Lehto & Wright have taken a unique approach to the world of Folk, Folk Rock and Progressive Rock.
Lehto & Wright was born from John Wright’s recording sessions for his solo album, Just Left of Center. The three musicins – Wright, Steve Lehto and Matt Jacobs – had worked together in many different musical environments from Indie Pop to Latin Jazz to Irish Trad. It was in the solo album recording sessions that the band discovered its shared love of electrified folk music and progressive rock along with a common admiration for bands that perform those styles so well – Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, King Crimson, to name a few.
This led to the recording of their debut album, Ye Mariners All, and its subsequent release in 2000. Six more studio albums and one live release followed to rave reviews. Lehto & Wright has performed at many different concert series and festivals including the MN State Fair, Syracuse Irish Festival, MN Irish Festival, The Ark, The Focal Point and many other venues of note.
Lehto & Wright perform either as an acoustic duo, or a tastefully electric trio, with the addition of Matt Jacobs on drums and percussion. As a duo, John Wright and Steve Lehto perform their material in an acoustic, “unplugged” setting. From American spirituals to Irish tune sets, their accomplished twin guitar/mandolin approach has all the intensity and power as the trio with half the volume. As a trio, Lehto & Wright push the boundaries of Celtic and Progressive rock, utilizing all the tools of a rock band to achieve the effect of a six-piece band with three musicians.