Career highlights

Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Finalist (2X)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Showcase Artist (2X)
Napa Valley Folk Festival Emerging Songwriter Finalist
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference Showcase Artist
Anderson Fair, Houston TX
Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas TX
Open Door Coffeehouse, Arlington TX
Rose Garden Coffeehouse Finalist in 9th Annual Performing Songwriter Competition

Winner of 2 (out of 3) bouts in the Navy Junior Boxing Program ( U.S. Naval Academy). Age 10 (weighing in at 57 lbs.)
CURT HAS PERFORMED WITH:
America
Christine Lavin
Jonathan Edwards
Bill Staines
Ellis Paul
Greg Brown
Livingston Taylor
Karla Bonoff
Brooks Williams

HOTELS
The Cliff House (12 seasons)      
The Balsams / Hilton-Garden Inn
Sheraton-Tara / The Wentworth
Anchorage By The Sea / The Ashworth
Samoset Resort / Eastland Hotel
Beachmere / Blue Sky

What the press has to say!

High quality original folk..."--Dirty Linen Magazine

"Absolutely delightful...immensely talented..."--The Providence Journal

"The benchmark of Bessette's work has always been quality. His highly evolved fingerstyle guitar, his warm, effortless vocal approach, and his elegant songwriting are the product of years of development and personal discipline..." --The Portsmouth Herald

"This album (LIVE ALL YOUR DREAMS) is great!" --Bill Morrissey

"Curt writes songs with both lyrical and musical depth..." --Face Magazine

"Not much is sacred on the stage with Bessette and inviting audience participation, improv-style, has always been a key to his success, and a reason his humor never becomes stale..." --The Hampton Union

"Each song has a unique quality which draws you to the next one...the results are hauntingly beautiful..." --Jam Magazine

"Curt Bessette can't be serious! It's one of his most charming qualities. Curt is well known throughout the northeast for his stage silliness and humor...but when Curt is releasing an album, that's serious business! Curt has always taken his recordings seriously...maybe that's why they are so good..." --Tom Rowe (Schooner Fare)

"An outstanding performer who has a penchant for creating an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness...Bessette may be one of the freshest and most original guitar players on the Seacoast..." --Foster's Daily Democrat

"Curt's song about WWII  ("The Replacement") rivals some of the best Eric Bogle has written..." --Kevin's Celtic and Folk Music CD Review

"...a local incarnation of James Taylor, John Denver, and Willie Nelson..." --The Wire (Portsmouth, NH)

"..his music has a sound and appeal to it that caters to all ages...it just plain feels good to anybody's ears."--Spotlight