Banish Misfortune, a Billings Celtic bluegrass band, is performing Saturday, March 17, at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company’s Garage Pub. Doors open at 4 p.m.
Banish Misfortune takes its name from the title of a classic Celtic fiddle tune of the same name. The band perform modern interpretations of traditional and contemporary Celtic and American acoustic music as well as original tunes played on traditional instruments.
The musicians in Banish Misfortune are:
Doug Ezell, a native of Columbus, Ohio, who has lived and practiced Ob-Gyn in Billings for more than 25 years. His main instrument is mandolin, although he also plays fiddle, bass, banjo, and bones. Despite his frequent declarations that he cannot sing, Ezell sings and plays tunes on his commodium. Ezell is also a member of the popular Midlife Chryslers.
Russell Harvey, is a Kalispell native, Grizzly alumnus, and anesthesiologist at the Billings Clinic. He plays guitar, bouzouki and bass. His tenor voice rings clear. Harvey has also composed a number of Celtic style original tunes that are performed by Banish Misfortune. He is also lead singer and guitar player in the Midlife Chryslers.
Tamara Harvey is a Billings girl who sings in the group. She takes classes in music at Rocky Mountain College and worked as the developmental director of The AIDS Project. She sings in the High Plains Chamber Singers and is a longtime student of Celtic music.
Austin Willis, a Billings native and a branch manager at Wells Fargo, grew up in a musical household and first played violin almost before he could speak. A classically trained violinist, Willis brings a deep knowledge of music theory to create fiddle and mandolin stylings. He also plays viola in the Billings Symphony Orchestra.
Aaron Morgenstern, a Sidney native, is a music education graduate of Rocky Mountain College. His creativity helps to add variety and interest to the music of Banish Misfortune. He plays guitar, sings, and plays recorders for Banish Misfortune, and plays saxophone for the horn section of The Midlife Chryslers. He also sings bass for The High Plains Chamber Singers and is band director at Huntley Project High School.
Janet Morgenstern, a Wibaux native, can play any instrument you put in to her hands. Also a graduate of the Rocky’s music program, she is the K-12 music, choir, and social science teacher at Huntley Project Schools. Her soprano voice is powerful. She sings with the High Plains Chamber Singers and plays service music for St. Luke’s Episcopal. She plays concertina and drums in Banish Misfortune.