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Sing/songwriter duo perform Wednesday at U. Center for Dance

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Local singer/songwriters Peter Brienholt and Nancy Hanson decided a couple of years ago to perform a full concert as a duo.

"I first met Nancy back in 1995," Brienholt said during an interview. "I had a show and I needed to find an opening performer. I had heard of Nancy from other people. I'd never heard her play, but everyone was telling me how good she was. So . . .""He took a leap of faith and called me," Hanson broke in.

Both musicians agree that event was the start of a wonderful, musical relationship.

After that, they played a couple of informal shows together and ended up doing the ARMMS Out concert, which featured a lineup of Sam Cardon, Kurt Bestor and Hanson and Brienholt, just to name a few.

"We really began thinking of doing a show together after that," Brienholt said.

"We thought it would be fun," Hanson said.

Brienholt and Hanson will perform as an acoustic duo Wednesday, May 21, at the University of Utah's Alice Sheets Marriott Center for Dance. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. The Marriott Center for Dance is located north of 400 South (South Campus Drive) at 1500 East. Tickets are available at the U. Union information desk and Holladay Music for $12 general admission and $10 for U. students.

Hanson and Brienholt wanted to be sure the show was going to be a well-balanced rollick through originals and covers.

"We're doing one-third of Nancy's, one-third of mine and one-third of cover tunes," Brienholt said.

"I'd like to have done the whole show with covers," Hanson said with a laugh. "But this is going to be an experience for us."

Nancy reiterated that Brienholt is also known for his work with his band Big Parade.

"Playing with a band is fun, but there are more things to think about," said Hanson, who usually plays alone.

"In the past I've wanted to do a big acoustic solo show but always chickened out," Brienholt confessed. "But Nancy's been telling me we'll do fine."