So many options: songs, dulcimer, violin, recorders, hurdy-gurdy; solo, duo, trio, quartet; Irish, Scottish, eastern European, medieval or renaissance music - the hardest part is catching her in between concert tours, but it's worth trying!
Travel - any distance - is never a problem as long as she has the time and you have the budget.
"MAGICAL music played by two outstanding performers got the Dulcimer World Congress off to a stunning start at the Palace Theatre. With Freeman playing rhythm, on guitar or drums, Opland was given full rein to show her expertise in both hammered and Appalachian dulcimer, as well as her virtuoso technique on the fiddle and flute." - Redditch Standard (UK)
We hired Tania and the Hunter’s Moon Celtic ensemble to play at our corporate event in Seattle. Everyone loved the band and it was the perfect compliment to an Irish themed conference. We would definitely hire them again. With regard to other details, Tania was very quick to respond to our initial request, followed up regularly via email, and was very accommodating to our requirements. On the day of the event, Tania and the band showed up several hours early to ensure they had time to tune their instruments and take care of any preparations prior to performing. Everyone in her band was very polite and easy to work with.
Thanks Tania and team for performing for us. We really appreciate it.
Price Range: $500 and up
What to Expect
With so much to choose from - songs, dulcimer, violin, recorders, hurdy-gurdy; solo, duet, trio, quartet; Irish, Scottish, eastern European, medieval or renaissance music - you'll just have to talk with Tania about what you have in mind.
Thirty self-employed years doing a mixture of concert and private work have honed a solid, dependable, ego-free professionalism.
If you give her free rein for a concert, you'll get a tapestry of melodic and lyrical textures blending intriguing cross-cultural influences, from soaring melodies on a solo instrument to powerful vocals backed by solid rhythm guitar or intricate fingerpicking. Her repertoire starts from a base in the traditional musics of North America and the British Isles, spreads through most of Northern Europe and touches on other cultures around the globe. Her array of musical instruments includes an unusual five-string violin/viola, cittern (or octave mandolin), hammered dulcimer, ocarina and hurdy-gurdy, along with more common instruments such as guitar, recorder, and, of course, voice.
These days, most of her time is spent touring with music partner and husband Mike Freeman, but when their travel schedules diverge from time to time, she steps easily back into solo performances. They can also kick up the powerhouse quotient by joining forces with formidable duo William Pint and Felicia Dale - usually around St Pat's and the Winter holiday season.
Tania Opland - born and raised in Alaska and now often found in western Washington, in southeast Ireland, and on the road - has recorded four solo albums to date, to excellent reviews in acoustic music magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. She also has a duo album with her husband/music partner Mike Freeman, and two collaborations with Freeman and award-winning author Anne McCaffrey.
Tania has been touring and recording for three decades, and has appeared on radio and television in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan, Scotland, Ireland and England. She began her performing career as a break from undergraduate programs in engineering and physics. Her initial goal was simply to get by without a day job for a year and focus exclusively on making music. Thirty years later, after recording seven albums, keeping up a transatlantic touring schedule for twenty years, appearing on radio and television in seven countries, and winning fans around the globe, it can safely be said that she has exceeded her expectations (though the degrees remain unfinished).
Past Booked Events
|October 21, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Community Centre, Stonehaven, Scotland|
|October 14, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Ushaw College, Durham, England|
|October 12, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Dorking Folk Club, Dorking, England|
|October 11, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Priory Centre, St Neots, England|
|October 10, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||White Hill Centre, Chesham, England|
|March 25, 2016 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Corporate Event|
|March 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Couth Buzzard Books St Pat's Survivor Party, Seattle WA|
|March 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||St Pat's at Pogacha, Issaquah WA|
|January 31, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Anchorage Folk Festival (with "Three Stories")|
|December 19, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Winter's Return at Couth Buzzard Books, Seattle WA|
|December 12, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Winter's Return at Hood Canal Community Church, Hoodsport WA|
|December 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Winter's Return at Community Unitarian Church, Pasco WA|
|October 30, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Cimbalom World Congress Grand Finale Concert, Malvern, England|
|October 25, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Nonsuch Dulcimer Workshops tutor, Malvern, England|
|October 23, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Finishing Concert - Worcestershire Schools week|
|October 08, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Dulcimer World Congress Launch Concert, Palace Theatre, Redditch, England|
|September 18, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Fethard Culture Night, Fethard Tholsel (Old Town Hall), Ireland|
|September 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Tumbleweed Music Festival, Richland WA|
QUARTET Minimum stage size (approximate)- 16’x8’ / Channels- 12: 5 vocal mics (boom stands) 4 instrument mics (boom stands) 3 DI (dulcimer, violin, 1 guitar) / Monitors- 4
TRIO Minumum stage size (approximate)- 12’x8’ / Other specs will depend on who the third member is. This is our least used group size / Monitors- 3
DUO Minimum stage size (approximate)- 12’x8’ / Channels- 9: 3 vocal mics (boom stands) 2 instrument mics (boom stands) 4 DI (dulcimer, violin, 2 guitars) / Monitors- 2
SOLO Minimum stage size (approximate)- 8’x4’ / Channels- 6: 2 vocal mics (boom stands) 1 instrument mic (boom stand) 3 DI (dulcimer, guitar, violin) / Monitors- 0
Any space is at least theoretically possible for small venues, parties, house concerts, etc. Let's talk. For full scale concerts, here are rough guidelines:
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