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Nevada County duo perform two weekend shows

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Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire will perform two shows this weekend in Nevada County, including a Saturday performance at Lucchesi Tasting Room in Grass Valley and a Sunday engagement at the Old 5Mile House.

A Philadelphia native, Bensing left for Europe and the Parisian Metro busking circuit at the age of 16. From there his travels took him through Sydney, Los Angeles, and finally a more permanent home in the foothills of the Sierra. He wrote, played, and recorded music on every stop along the way. His 2005 collaboration with flutist Mary Youngblood was featured in a Grammy Award winning CD called “Dance with the Wind.” His voice has been favorably compared with those of James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Neil Young.

Born in Chico and raised in the Northern Central Valley, Kellie Garmire was brought up close to the stage but not quite in the spotlight. Her father taught high school drama and English and it was by his side that her love of theater began. She started guitar lessons as a child and was soon writing songs and performing for friends and family. In 2006, missing the creativity that music and song had once given her so many years ago, Garmire signed up for guitar lessons again at a local music store. Her teacher was Billy Bensing, and from those early lessons sprung a songwriting and performance relationship which has only strengthened through the intervening years.



They perform beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at 128 Mill St. in Grass Valley. Sunday’s show will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Old 5Mile House in Nevada City.


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