Celtic music, acoustic guitars and a piano madman are all on tap for the weekend:
- THE BROWNE SISTERS & George Cavanaugh, one of California's leading Celtic groups, will perform at the University of Utah's Fine Arts auditorium, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are available at the Edinburgh Castle, 124 S. Main, for $14 general admission.
The three Browne sisters (Diane, Pamela and Laura) and Cavanaugh are cousins and have played throughout the nation during several Scottish Highland festivals.
Their band also includes Scotsman John Allan on guitars, bagpipes and penny whistles.
The group currently has four albums to its name - "Silver Darlings, "Castle Dangerous," "West of Home" and "Christmas Travelers."
- REV. BILLY C. WIRTZ and his boogie-billy humor will be heard
at the Inn at Prospector Square, 2200 Sidewinder Drive, as part of the Wooden Dog concert series in Park City.
The concert will be held April 19. There will be a social hour at 5 p.m. and the reverend will hit the stage at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $13 in advance at Dan's Foods in Foothill Village,
Acoustic Music, Local Music and Salt City CDs in Salt Lake City; and the Egyptian Theater, Dan's Foods, the Inn at Prospector Square and Orion's Music in Park City or by phone at 1-888-322-WDOG.
Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.
Wirtz, a former pro wrestler and special education teacher, is a piano wizard with a knack for the blues. His parables range from the absurd to the sarcastic to the rib-tickling funny.
Songs such as "Freeway to Stairbird" and "Mama Was a Deadhead" are just a couple of twisted yarns this piano (mad)man has up his sleeves.
- PIERRE BENSUSAN will return to Salt Lake City for a concert at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 C Street, on April 18. The music will begin with local guitarist Larry Pattis at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased for $14 at Dan's Foods, Acoustic Music, Intermountain Guitar & Banjo and Local Music. Tickets will also be available at the door for $16.
French-born Bensusan mixes jazz, Latin and North African rhythms with bits of Celtic and other-world music to bring out his special style.
Pattis studied with Bensusan last summer. His respect for classical composers rings through his guitar delivery.