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Recording duo celebrates May Day

Husband/wife folk artist duo Patchouli will perform signature origins plus some from “Firelight” live at 7 p.m. Saturday May 2 at Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm.

After an extended six-month tour promoting the new instrumental album Terra Guitarra’s “Firelight,” the nationally touring and locally recording duo Patchouli returns home for a May Day celebratory concert. 

Hear the two sing for a 7 p.m. show Saturday May 2 at the Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm.

“Firelight” went to No. 1 on the One World Music UK radio charts this spring and is currently in the top 10 on Zone Music Reporter’s international charts.

Husband and wife Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli began the Terra Guitarra instrumental project in 2007 and have been incorporating the songs into their live sets as the folk pop band Patchouli.

They say their music lyrically expresses that celebration of the beauty of nature, the healing messages of connection and environment as well as topics of tolerance, love and stories from their extensive travels.

At the May Day celebration they will perform pieces from the “Firelight” album as well as the Patchouli songs for which they are known.  

Original album artwork paintings will be on display, creating the stage backdrop and well as an interactive guitar labyrinth as an “opportunity to see, feel and understand how the music and art work together to create a purposeful, powerful and joyful experience,” Patchouli said.

The songs on Firelight represent “a spiritual and physical-healing journey of personal exploration and discovery,” according to Hecksel. 

Patchouli adds, “This recording has a lot of rhythmic diversity and energy, a fiery spirit.” 

She said the “Firelight” concept is thinking of the sun as the ultimate firelight that the whole planet gathers around.

“We bookended the album with the contemplative pieces ‘Maya’ and ‘Coucher du Soleil’ (French for sunset),” she explained.

Hecksel’s artwork also incorporates this idea with a painted sunrise for the front cover and a sunset for the back of the CD in his unique form of guitar labyrinths. 

Admission for the community event is a free-will offering at the show.

Reservations are recommended to secure a seat. Ticket availability at the door is not guaranteed.

If you go...

Who: Patchouli

What: May Day celebration

When: 7 p.m. Saturday May 2

Where: Widespot Performing Arts and Community Center, second story of N2030 Spring St., Stockholm

Cost: Freewill offering

More info: 715-307-8941, or

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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