Tania Opland and Mike Freeman will perform a mix of musical styles at a house concert on March 5.

A world of music at Barb and Dave’s house

Their shows feature traditional and contemporary material from many cultures

Take a seat on the couch on March 5, settle in and absorb the unique and eclectic mix of Tania Opland and Mike Freeman’s musical styles.

The duo will be presenting their mix of songs, tunes and world music in a house concert at the home of Barbara and David Denz on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 -10 p.m.

Since 1995 Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have been touring the world together from home bases half a world apart, with a unique and eclectic mix of songs in several languages and acoustic music played on more instruments than any sane duo would travel with: hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, violin, Native American flute, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, percussion.

Their shows feature traditional and contemporary material from many cultures as well as original compositions, all presented with wit and style – guaranteed to provide an evening of great music and entertainment for all, especially those seeking something a little off the beaten track. Mike’s irreverent sense of humor and Opland’s stunning vocals provide the springboard for a rollercoaster ride across several continents and back again. Strap yourself in and enjoy!

Freeman is originally from Manchester, England, and has played guitar and percussion for many years with an assortment of bands, accompanied Middle Eastern and African dance troupes, and performed at countless festivals throughout Britain and North America. He has worked on numerous recordings in the roles of musician, arranger, producer and recording engineer.

Opland was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and performs on an array of musical instruments including an unusual 5 string violin, hammered dulcimer, hurdy gurdy and an Alaska made, double chambered, wooden ocarina. She has appeared on radio and television in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan, Scotland, Ireland and England.

These two divide their time between Suquamish, Washington and Inistioge, Ireland, because anyplace else would be too easy to spell. They have recorded eight albums between them (including two collaborations with best-selling author Anne McCaffrey, in Ireland), and make numerous appearances as studio musicians on other recordings in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Tickets are $20 by Interac e-Transfer (call for instructions) – there is limited seating and advance ticket payment is required. The concert will be in two 45-minute sets with an intermission in between and all proceeds will go to the performers.

For complete information (ticket availability, location, and directions), contact Barbara or David Denz at 250 923-6361.

You can also visit the opland-freeman.com website, or email opland@aol.com.