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   Concert Halls and Arts Centres -  

Usually performing as a duo on larger stages, Tania Opland and Mike Freeman's cross-cultural repertoire and engaging concert presentation are appropriate and entertaining for all ages.

ConcertThey have performed at:
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, England
The Lemon Tree Arts Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland
Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, Montana
The Lincoln Theater, Mount Vernon, Washington
Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough, England
Washington Arts Centre, Tyne & Wear, England
St. Gregory's Arts Centre, Norwich, England
Cyrano's Playhouse, Anchorage, Alaska
The Old Courthouse, Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, Ireland
Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington, England
Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
The Crystal Theater, Missoula, Montana
Island Center Hall, Bainbridge Island, Washington
The Moore Theater, Seattle, Washington (guest appearance with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull)
   And many others

Tania has performed solo or in other ensembles at:
UAA Recital Hall, Anchorage, Alaska
Marine Center Hall, Seward, Alaska
RPI Performing Arts Center, Troy, New York
The Backstage, Seattle, Washington
Lakewood City Hall, Lakewood, Colorado
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, England
Union of Theatrical Workers Hall, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Electrical Institute Hall, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Fairbanks Public Library Auditorium, Fairbanks, Alaska

Opland & Freeman concerts have been presented by:
Anchorage Arts Council, Alaska
Arts Alive! / Haller Lake Arts Council, Washington
Bremerton Community Concerts, Washington
Aleutian Arts Council, Alaska
Norfolk Rural Touring Arts, England

  Festivals and Open Air Stages -  

Community festivals, State Fairs, evening or lunchtime parks concerts... here are some of the outdoor venues Tania and/or Tania and Mike have played, in sun, wind, rain or snow:

photo by Matt Price

Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, Port Angeles Washington (USA)
Allied Arts Festival, Yakima Washington (USA)
Palmer State Fair, Alaska (USA)
Dart Music Festival, Dartmouth (UK)
Kent Canterbury Fair, Washington (USA)
Seattle Tall Ships Festival, Washington (USA)
Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival, Port Angeles Washington (USA)
Bainbridge Island Concerts in the Park, Washington (USA)
International Festival of the Sea, Portsmouth (UK)
Lynnwood Concerts in the Park, Washington (USA)
Meet Me at the Plaza, Anchorage Alaska (USA)
Maryport Festival of the Sea (UK)
Whidbey Island Parks Concert, Washington (USA)
Heckscher Park Concerts, Huntington New York (USA)
Pierce County Ethnic Festival, Tacoma Washington (USA)
Irrigon Concerts in the Park, Oregon (USA)

   Folk Clubs and Festivals -  

Performing both solo and with Mike Freeman, Tania Opland has been well received at many folk venues on both sides of the world.

Festivals include:
Orkney Folk Festival (Scotland),
Alcester Folk Festival (England),
Warrenville Folk Festival (Illinois),
Bude Folk Festival (Cornwall),
Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival (England),
Anchorage Folk Festival (Alaska),
Islands Folk Festival (British Columbia),
Seattle Folklife Festival (Washington),
Pontardawe Festival (Wales),
Broadstairs Folk Week (England),
Chester Folk Festival (England),
Winchester MayFest (England)

“Wit, verve and passion characterize Opland’s performances of medieval, Celtic and Eastern European songs.”
-Islands Folk Festival, British Columbia, Canada

"Well, what a brilliant night! Eclectic isn't the word for this pair, or, no, hang on yes, eclectic IS the word for this pair. Tania was brought up in Anchorage Alaska, and now has a house in a village on an Indian (native American) reservation called Squip... Squoo... er, near Seattle. Mike comes from well, Crumpsall, but maybe that seems exotic to Tania.
"From the start the audience was treated to a whirlwind trip round most of the northern hemisphere, starting "Somewhere in America" (-Bogle), and ending back there with an encore of "Desperado" (Henley & Frey), visiting en route, Norway, Russia and Byelorussia, with a brief aside for an Inupiaq (let's say Eskimo) welcome-dance song. Well now, this might not be your usual diet when visiting the local folk club, but I can tell you it was far from indigestible, leavened as it was with more usual contemporary and traditional tunes and songs, together with plenty of humour and anecdote.
"Tania played guitar, fiddle and pentatonic native American flute, while Mike stuck mostly to hand percussion of variously esoteric sorts including darabouka and Hopi medicine drum, with the occasional diversion on mandolin.
"This was one of those evenings which occasionally comes to the more adventurous folk clubs, where the audience, not having quite known what to expect, finds itself having a really good time, and then wishing that they could instantly import all their friends who are missing out.
"So the message is, next time you have the chance to see Tania & Mike, go along. You might not get to sing "Byker Hill", but you won't be disappointed.
-Jim Lawton, Tykes News, England

  House Concerts -  

There are many possible reasons for wanting to host a house concert -- Your favorite musicians are on tour, but not stopping in your town. You never manage to get out even if they do play in town because all the local venues are bars and you can't take the kids, or you can't stand the smoke... You love having all your friends over to your house, and are looking for party ideas, and you love music...

If your house has a room that can be made to seat 30 or more people (while leaving room for the band to play), then you can have a concert right in your own home. More and more people are discovering the joys of house concerts; many even go looking for more acts to present after they've hosted the performers they know.

Tania has played house concerts (some solo, most with Mike) in:
houseconcert Bigfork, Montana
Everett, Washington
Ithaca, New York
Chicago, Illinois
Tacoma, Washington
Monroe, Wisconsin
Dursley, England
Prestonpans, Scotland
Huddersfield, England
Norwich, England
Stratford, England

... and they're always looking for more, even in the same areas as other venues on the schedule.

  Private and Corporate Events -  

Weddings, parties, cruise luncheons or dinners, corporate banquets, and even a weekend company trail ride and camp-out have all featured live music by Tania Opland. With practically endless choices of style, instrumentation and repertoire, she really can find the right music for any event.

eventsPast corporate clients include:
Pepsi Cola
General Electric
Washington Historical Society
Seattle Art Museum
International Goodwill Games/Goodwill Arts Festival
B&D Distributors
Pacific Science Center
Museum of History and Industry
Argosy Cruises
Allstate Insurance

  Renaissance Fairs/Historical Events -  

[Tania's first paid performance (at 17, with her sister Christine) was at the Anchorage Renaissance Festival. She still enjoys getting costumed up and playing to the crowds.]

photo by Lynne Olmos

Anchorage Renaissance Festival (Alaska)
Bristol Renaissance Festival (Wisconsin)
Geneseo Shakespeare Festival (Illinois)
Merrie Greenwood Faire (Richland Washington)
Northwest Renaissance Festival (Tumtum Washington)
Olympia Shakespeare Festival (Washington)
Washington Midsummer Renaissance Festival (Bonney Lake WA)

[Irish Heritage events]:
Cashel Medieval Town Wall Day (Co Tipperary)
Ormonde Castle Medieval Day (Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary)
Fethard Medieval Festival (Co Tipperary)
Athenry Walled Towns Day (Co Galway)
[Northern Ireland]:
Dunluce Castle Medieval Fair (Bushmills, Co Antrim)
Narrow Water Castle Medieval Day (Newry, Co Down)

Bio for renaissance festival programmes:
"Travelling the known world, Tatiana collects music and musical instruments wherever she goes: the droning blare of the hurdy-gurdy, the metallic sparkle of the hammered dulcimer, ethereal woodwinds, and the compelling rhythms of the cittern join a voice of gentle power in a delightfully direct and engaging performance. English and Celtic songs mesh with tunes from the Silk Road, Cathay and the Holy Land.
She has delighted court and village alike on her travels."