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Dolly Varden CD Release Concert, Special guest Jenny Bienemann - 1/19
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Dolly Varden Releases new album, “For a While” January 22, 2013
Dolly Varden has been making music for almost two decades but its latest release explores how quickly that time has passed. The band is built around the heartfelt singing and songwriting of husband and wife Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen, the melodic and soulful guitar and lap steel playing of Mark Balletto, and the solid rhythm section of Matt Thobe on drums and Mike Bradburn on bass. Remarkably the line-up has stayed the same through 18 years, six critically-acclaimed albums, and well-received shows all over the USA and Europe.
“For A While” finds the group taking stock of its experiences and travels with a dozen songs crafted and recorded in Chicago. From the opening cinematic snapshot of “Del Mar, 1976”, the rocking “Done (Done)”, the dream-inspired “Mayfly”, and the wistful title track the listener is taken on a complete journey of sonic adventure and haunting lyrical reminisces.
Chicago singer/songwriter Jenny Bienemann was immersed in performing at an early age. Growing up in a big Irish family active in community theatre, Bienemann was exposed to diverse musical styles.
While attending college at University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, she began performing at folk clubs. Moving to Chicago, Bienemann continued playing by herself and composing her own highly personal material, drawing inspiration from artists like those played on the Midnight Special radio program, as well as artists like Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke.
By then a sought-after solo performer and harmony singer sharing the stage with Andrew Calhoun, Kat Eggleston, Gina Forsythe, Sons of the Never Wrong, Sloan Wainwright, and Hans York among many, she released her debut CD, LATE NIGHT ELABORATIONS in 2004. Strong word-of-mouth and favorable press led to the album being listed as one of 2004’s best by WXRT’s Richard Milne. Her next album, GIRL FRIDAY, was recorded live at the Ogilvie Transportation Center in 2011. 2012’s HEADING SLOWLY TOWARDS THE BEGINNING features contributions from many of Chicago's finest musicians including John Abbey, Robin Bienemann, Steve Dawson, Sue Demel, Deb Lader, Kevin O'Donnell, Alton Smith, and Quartet Parapluie, the CD is a celebration of Bienemann's ongoing journey as a singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer.