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Back in 2021 when I was helping with the Great River Folk Fest Songwriting contest, a band Caludo submitted the song Arrival All the judges immediately said, “Love their sound” and “Very well polished stringband.” Only to find that this trio was from Zurich Switzerland, calling their music “Swissicana.” Ok one of the prizes would be a booking to the fest, not airline costs so they bounced a quick note back and they said, don’t worry our fiddle player is from Minnesota so we’ll figure out a US tour. Interesting, that fiddle player turned out to be Catie Jo Pidle a Mounds View native who has a rich history in bluegrass music in the MN/WI region. From a young age of 13 when she played a grandstand show at the Minnesota State Fair, she was talented scouted to play on Prairie Home Companion. FIVE times she had an opportunity to play on the show culminating in her playing her own composition “Sweet” and sit in with as a member of the Shoe Band. Plus she toured with the Roe Family and had played the fest. Well I committed that I would get them a house concert, but the date I was given was a Wednesday, so I quickly reached out to my favorite local bar, the Trempealeau Hotel and asked Amy if we could coordinate the gig. She was all in too. This is going to be a fun day and their harmonies and instrumental work is flawless. Should be a hoot. Put it on your calendar, if you miss it, you may never see them again unless you travel abroad.

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