The Harrison Festival Society is proud to present the return of BTU, featuring Barney Bentall, Tom Taylor and Shari Ulrich on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Harrison Memorial Hall.
Not only will fans get to hear the group's music, they'll also learn how the songs were made with stories leading into each tune.
This "super group" of B.C. artists first performed together in 2007.
"That led to us deciding to continue playing together," Bentall says. "That one-shot deal turned into a few little tours a year, and it's always fun when we do it. We still maintain that songwriters' circle element at every show."
"They will get a lot of great songs and great music and probably a fair bit of humour," says Ulrich of the show.
While they consider themselves a mix of contemporary folk and pop, each artist brings their own unique style and experiences with them to the BTU project.
Ulrich was born in San Rafael, Calif., and at the age of 18 left the United States for Canada.
One of the founding members of the legendary folk trio Pied Pumkin, she has released 19 albums over the course of her career.
The B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee and Juno Award winner also
performs regularly with her daughter Julia Graff and in the High Bar Gang bluegrass band.
Taylor has been recording since 1991 and is perhaps best known as the front man for one of the North Shore's great live party bands, She Stole My Beer.
As a solo artist he has released two albums with a third just coming out this winter.
In 1988, Bentall formed the band Legendary Hearts. That same year they released their first self-titled album, which sold more than 100,000 copies and went on to win a Juno in 1989 for most promising group of the year.
Bentall's solo career includes the albums Gift Horse in 2007, Inside Passage in 2009 and Flesh and Bone, released in Nov. 2012.
BTU selects music from members' individual solo careers to perform as a trio.
"We really respect each others' writing," Bentall says. "We settle on songs that work well for the three of us." As veterans of the music scene, all three enjoy working with each other as BTU.
"When you record and do various things, there is an element of tension and hard work and it can be frustrating and all sorts of emotions can be in there," Taylor says. "Sometimes that really helps the creative process, but really you want to work with people who are easy to get along with."
Tickets for BTU's Harrison show are $22 and can be purchased by phone at 604-796-3664, online at www.harrisonfestival.com or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and the Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart.