By KJERSTEN OLSGAARD
Danielle Egnew returns
Along with guests Linda Villareal of ZeN and Dan Page of Dan Page and the Barn Cats, the multi-talented, Billings-native Danielle Egnew will perform at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
As a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Egnew has contributed to a total of 17 albums, including six with the all-girl rock group Pope Jane, four instrumental meditation albums, two solo albums, three film soundtracks, one country album with Wayne Lembcke, and one with The Dashboard Mary’s – an acoustic duo with Pope Jane’s Kristen Coyner.
Egnew has earned numerous awards for her efforts as a soloist and with bands Pope Jane, The Dashboard Mary’s and The Whiskey Roadshow Band. The All Access Music Awards 2006 named Egnew Best Pop/Alternative Female Guitarist and in 2007 Best Female Keyboardist, on top of several other nominations.
Released in 2008 on Maurice The Fish Records, Egnew’s most recent work, “Red Lodge,” an acoustic solo album, was nominated for Best Folk Recording at the 2008 NAMMY’s (Native American Music Awards).
With her often soft and lulling voice coupled with truth-filled lyrics, Egnew’s acoustic work sounds welcoming and uplifting. However, when given the chance, Egnew also knows how to brazenly rock.
The Muses play Celtic
The Parmly Billings Library will host The Muses at 7 p.m. Monday in a performance of authentic and original Celtic repertoire in a free and public concert on the third floor of the library.
Tanya Brody and Matthew Gurnsey unite their richly accented vocals along with a plethora of exotic instruments, including a hammered dulcimer, bodhran, zils, mandolin, concertina, bowed psaltery, penny whistle, bones, dumbek and bells, to name a few, to create the sounds of Celtic music.
Having performed across the country and internationally, this duo is known for crisp instrumentation and full involvement with each other, their music and audiences, making for a fully entertaining experience. As true performers, the group also dresses in classic Celtic attire in order to enrich the mood that their music evokes.
The duo’s passion for traditional Celtic music enables them to “add new life to old songs.” Having started performing at young ages, Bordy and Gurnsey have collectively six solo albums. As a group, they have three.
Rock for Relay
The fifth annual Rock for Relay will take place at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. from 4-8:30 p.m. Friday. Dan Page of Dan Page the Barn Cats and Ed Kemmick, formerly with the Longtime Lonesome Dogs, will provide live music as patrons sip on frosty microbrews and munch on hamburgers.
All food proceeds and partial beer and cover proceeds will go to Relay for Life.