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November
Release year: 2012

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"November" is the 7th full length studio release from Lehto & Wright. This outing continues to showcase the band's instrumental prowess with Irish Tune Sets while exploring the American song book as well. "Tom Joad," a Woodie Guthrie classic, is given a 9 1/2 minute workout while a Bob Dylan deep cut "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" is also given a Lehto & Wright twist. Our neighbors to the south are not to be excluded with an amped up version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" presented also. English Folk and Progressive rock are represented in full with an arrangement of "Dominion of the Sword" influenced by Martin Carthys recording of the same, here with all the Progressive Rock styling that Lehto & Wright are know for. Last but not least the fan favorite "Shenandoah" makes a re-appearance from its earlier release on a EP of the same name in 2011. "November" demonstrates Lehto & Wright's continuing forward momentum in their Folk and Folk Rock exploration.

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Shenandoah
Release year: 2011

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"Shenandoah" is Lehto and Wright's first ever EP release. This recording features the first studio recording of the long time fan favorite "Shenandoah" which has been a mainstay in the live shows since 2009. Also on this CD is the titles track from the bands up coming 2012 release "Dominion of the Sword" in addition to a live version of "Four Drunken Maidens" and two other tracks.

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Children's Songs
Release year: 2010

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This CD/DVD double disk marks the tenth anniversary of the band with their most ambitious work to date in their Progressive Rock/Folk explorations. This release has four tracks totaling over 65 minutes of music the crowning achievement of which is the title track clocking in at 32 minutes long. It is the product of three years of assembling, arranging, perfecting live and painstakingly recording and mixing. Included in this all instrumental cut is everything from Shuman to Bartok to Bluegrass to John Coltrane, as well as some Irish tunes and compositions by the band as well. The DVD portion features live in studio performances as well as an extended interview with the band.

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"Lehto & Wright's Children's Songs is an incredible record...The duo are masters of their stringed instruments and they combine countless guitar chords and riffs with fantastic percussion to create masterpieces..." - The Philadelphia Examiner On Line







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Between the Jigs and the Reels
Release year: 2008

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This is an all instrumental outing featuring a best of selection from the bands first four recordings in addition to several new tracks done just for this CD. Of the new selections "Lamnet/Improve" marks a first in a (distorted) bass and drum duet. Steve Lehto also shines with his arrangement of "Blind Mary" which opens this disk.

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"...equally skilled in intricate, delicate acoustic picking and loud , crunchy Folk-Rock...Defiantly recommended for fans of both acoustic and electric guitar music with British Isles roots." - Dirty Linen







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Live At the Focal Point
Release year: 2007

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This double disk set was recorded in one night after a nine hour drive to one of the bands favorite venues in St. Louis. Capturing the more "folky" and intimate side of the bands live performances "Live at the Focal Point" documents the bands interaction with an audience as well as the live arrangements they were assembling at that time.

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The Thrashing Machine and Other Stories
Release year: 2004

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Continuing their creative flow, John Wright and Steve Lehto, with the able assistance of Matt Jacobs finished this recording in late 2004. This release sees the band extending its musical boundaries with the incorporation of a string quartet on an arrangement of the Richard Thompson song "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" in addition to the Steve Lehto penned "The Earl of Otherwhere." Also included on this release is the bands arrangement of the classic "Nancy Spain," a fan favorite to the current day. Still flexing their progressive rock muscles, "East Virginia Blues," is an extended rendering of this traditional American folk song complete with angular tri tonal guitars and distorted vocals.

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"...Thrashing Machine delivers...a huge thumbs up..." - Folk Roots

"Steve Lehto and John Wright continue to advance the cause of guitar-powered Anglo-Irish-American music through potent folk-rock arrangements that alternate with intricate, often delicate acoustic interludes." - Dirty Linen







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A Game of Chess
Release year: 2003

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This third release shows the band flexing more creative muscle, as evident in the track "Ten Long Years." Timing in at over 13 minutes it is a Progressive Rock/Folk tour de force which combines traditional lyrics with extended musical themes composed by the band. Also on "A Game of Chess" is the fan favorite "I Wish I was Single Again" and an all acoustic arrangement of Pete Seeger's "Of Time and Rivers Flowing." This release showcased the band traveling farther a field as they developed their live performances.

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"...among North America's best practitioners of Anglo-Celtic folk-rock." - Dirty Linen

"...wonderfully intricate, powerful guitar-driven music..." - Dirty Linen

"...the cutting edge of folk rock..." - The Green Man Review

"...inspired and meticulous playing...Lehto and Wright are consummate purveyors of classic British and Celtic Folk Rock..." - Shite 'N' Onions







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The Further Adventures of Darling Cory
Release year: 2002

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This is the second effort from "Lehto and Wright." With a busy live gig schedule developing, the band was finding and arranging more traditional music to their liking. This release would include a fair helping of music with American roots including the song "Darling Cory," a highly electrified piece influenced by the seminal folk pioneers "The Weavers" version of the same. Also on this recording is an arrangement of Pete Seeger’s classic "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" complete with distorted electric guitars perfected by Steve Lehto. There are also several extended tune sets of Irish and English origin as Lehto and Wright continued to develop their repertoire in that arena.

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"...Lehto and Wright produce a tight, seasoned yet compact sound, offering a fresh blast of inventive folk-rock American style." - Folk Roots

"...another mighty collection of well-chosen British and American songs and dance tunes...highly recommended." - Dirty Linen

"...a spirited and aggressive style...played with an intuitive sharpness...this album is a benchmark that will influence others." - The Green Man Review

"...very powerful...a real gem." - Folk World

"...skillful use of electric and acoustic guitars...a fullness of sound that does justice to the tradition of the songs while redefining them." - Rambles







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Ye Mariners All
Release year: 2000

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This is the debut release from Lehto and Wright. In late 1998 John Wright, Steve Lehto and Matt Jacobs started rehearsals for what was going to be another John Wright solo recording. As time progressed John and Steve began working on the music with just a couple of acoustic guitars and began to develop what would become an essential part of the Lehto and Wright sound. With creative input from Steve it became clear that this was very much a collaborative effort and so the band was formed. After much debate and at the height of a creative fit it was decided that the group would be called "Lehto and Wright." Their first ever show was at a small restaurant in Wayzata, Minnesota. As they continued to play live they developed the music for "Ye mariners All" and subsequent releases to follow. Clocking in at over 10 minutes, the title track would set the template for Lehto and Wrights unique formula of traditional music fused with progressive rock elements. Influences the likes of King Crimson, Pete Seeger, Fairport Convention and Nick Drake (to name a few) are all evident on Ye Mariners All with more to come. The lead off track, "Four Drunken Maidens," continues to be a fan favorite today.

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"...a brilliant collection...fascinating, creative music." - Dirty Linen

"...new and skillful arrangements...pleasing to the ear..." - Folk World



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Just Left of Center
Release year: 1998

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This is John Wright's first (and only, to date) proper release as a solo artist. Continuing with the same ideas set forth in "At Cross Purposes" this recording is a collection of Folk, Folk Rock and Jazz Fusion with one traditional piece. Again John enlisted the aid of Steve Lehto and Matt Jacobs for most of this disk. Opening the album is John's arrangement of "Well May the World Go," a Pete Seeger song which still finds itself in Lehto and Wright set lists to the current day.

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"...folk-tinged songs lie comfortably aside fusion and proggish rockers...distinction and adept playing at every turn..." - All Music Guide

"...an enjoyable recording that any fan of folk-rock will surely love." - Dirty Linen

"Just Left of Center contains quality writing in the progressive arena with an interesting, original twist." - Rambles







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At Cross Purposes
Release year: 1996

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This is John Wright's first outing of a official recording with his name on it. From early 1991 he had been working as a independent producer/engineer in various studios in the Minneapolis area. He began to record various pieces of music that he had been writing, both vocal and instrumental. These recordings were executed with no particular goal or official release in mind, however they were an effort to capture the music that was in his head on tape. Assisting him in this endeavor were future Lehto and Wright band mates Matt Jacobs (Drums and Percussion) and Steve Lehto (Electric Guitar). The result is an eclectic collection of Jazz Fusion and Folk which would be a sign post for his future musical explorations.

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