A co-bill performance featuring musicians Harry Manx and Susan Werner will take place Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. at 8 p.m.

Manx has been called an essential link between the music of East and West, creating musical stories that wed the tradition of the blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. Playing the Mohan veena, lap steel, harmonica and banjo, he has created a unique sound that is exotically hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.

Born on the Isle of Man, Manx spent his childhood in Canada and left in his teens to live in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil. He honed his hypnotic live show on street corners, in cafes, bars and at festivals. But it was Indian music that captured Manx and in the mid 1980s when he began his five-year tutelage with Rajasthani Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He also received the gift of Bhatt’s custom-made, self-designed Mohan veena, a 20-stringed sitar/guitar, that was the catalyst for Manx to forge a new path.

Singer/songwriter Werner has cultivated a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter with a killer live show. Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. She boldly endeavors to weave old with new to create altogether new genres of music, and she regularly keeps audiences guessing and laughing simultaneously. Most of her work infuses traditional music styles and methods with her unmistakable contemporary worldview, constantly challenging listeners to experience music from a fresh and unexpected perspective.

General admission tickets are $24 for the all-ages show, available via the box office (594-0070) or online at rocklandstrand.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.