The nautical duo of William Pint and Felicia Dale will join Rania Opland and Mike Freeman for a holiday concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Pasco.
"Both these duos have been popular performers at Ye Merrie Greenwood Faire," said Micki Perry of the Three Rivers Folklife Society, which sponsors the event.
Pint and Dale also recorded one of Perry's songs, The Wreck of the Lady Washington, on the duo's Hearts of Gold album in 1992.
"They took that song around the world, and because of them it has been recorded by four other groups and the words even were published in Sing Out Magazine," Perry said, who lives in Kennewick. "It all happened almost 20 years ago now, but the song is still being sung all over the Northwest, not to mention the world, thanks to Pint and Dale."
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The joint venture between these two couples is called Winter's Return: A Celebration in Music, and it features everything from contemporary songs with the sea as a theme to traditional chanteys, the work songs sung aboard sailing vessels to organize the crew's work.
"William Pint and Felicia Dale songs come from around the world and encompass the seven seas, but they mostly sing in English and French," Perry said. "They put their own spin on traditional music with guitar, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy and other exotic instrumentation, as well as great vocal harmonies.
"The result is an energetic and exciting approach to folk music."
Opland and Freeman have been performing together since the early 1990s after meeting in England.
"Mike is originally from Manchester and Norwich and Tania is from Alaska," Perry said. "Their music has an international scope with songs from Russia, Uzbekistan, central Asia as well as traditional and contemporary tunes from the British Isles and American folk songs."
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W. Sylvester St., Pasco. Admission is $11 adults, $9 students and senior citizens. Cost is $1 more at the door. Advance tickets are available at Octopus's Garden in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland and all Tri-City-area Bookworm stores.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com