Three Worlds brings blend from all over to Tranquille

Promising a mix of influences from Pan-Asian to Latin jazz and Celtic folk, the instrumental trio Three Worlds is ready to unleash its sound at an outdoor concert Sunday afternoon.

"We sort of draw on a lot of world music and create our own unique blend," percussionist Niel Golden said during a phone interview from Victoria.

Three Worlds performs next to the Tranquille Farm Fresh Market at Tranquille on the Lake at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate, which opens at 1:30 p.m.

This is the trio's first excursion into the Interior, although Golden has played at Thompson Rivers University and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues festival before. He said the region is a great place to visit and has a fine taste in music.

Golden's specialty is the tabla, or Indian hand drum, but he also performs and composes on the hang, a relatively new flying-sauceresque instrument invented in Switzerland in 2000.

Greg Joy brings a mix of Celtic, baroque and folk rock to the group with his playing of the flute, guitar and hammered dulcimer, a stringed instrument with the strings pulled over a trapezoidal sounding board.

Guitarist Brad Prevedoros contributes the Latin, jazz and flamenco elements for the trio.

"We're kind of a very unique blend, with all those influences coming together to make our own unique style," said Golden.

Joy and Prevedoros have known each other and played together off and on for 30 years. Golden, a Juno-nominated musician who has played in and around Vancouver Island for years, partnered with them in 2008 and Three Worlds was born.

"I'd met up with Brad over the years and he decided (playing together) might be a nice thing to try," he said.

As for Sunday's show, Golden promises people they will hear music unlike anything they've heard before. He just hopes the weather co-operates

Weather, of course, is the biggest challenge with an outdoor performance, said Golden. Certain instruments - like the hammered dulcimer - can be sensitive and difficult to tune.

The city has experienced several days of steady rain, and more is forecast into the weekend, with a 40-per-cent chance on Sunday. Golden hopes the odds stay in the band's favour.

Promoter Raymond Nyuli said he intends to move ahead with the concert regardless of the weather and will provide a tent to keep the spectators and performers dry.

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