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Tania Opland & Mike Freeman

Upcoming UK tour:Spring 2023

Soundclips:
Borderlands
, Katyusha and Fair and Tender Ladies
Tech spec and stage plan
www.opland-freeman.com
Downloadable promo pics, bio & press release

Mike's irreverent sense of humour and Tania's stunning vocals provide the springboard for a rollercoaster musical ride. Strap yourself in and enjoy! Hamered dulcimer, guitar, violin, cittern, octave mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, Native American flute, percussion. An eclectic mix of songs from both sides of the Atlantic and rhythmic roots from Siberia to Morocco. This Anglo-Alaskan duo have been on the road together since May '95 in a unique collaboration which combines their distinctly separate musical backgrounds, bringing their exuberant music and wild tales to audiences around the world.

Tania and Mike divide their time between Suquamish, Washington State and Inistioge, Ireland, because anyplace else would be too easy to spell. They have recorded eight albums between them (including two collaborations with best-selling author Anne McCaffrey, in Ireland). They have toured extensively across the UK, the USA and Canada

 

drum workshop

In addition to their concert performances for adults, Tania and Mike also deliver excellent workshops for schools with a variety of topics designed to complement National Curriculum. Before leaving the UK for Seattle, Mike taught for several years in Norfolk. His teaching experience and the duo's natural exuberance make them ideal for classes of all ages. Before a workshop Tania and Mike will discuss options with the school to maximise educational and entertainment potential. See the education page on their web site for full details. It is also possible to combine a day of workshops with the children and a fundrasing concert in the evening.

Tania:  Tania's voice has been described as "smooth, powerful and tremendously versatile". Originally from Alaska, she has travelled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Britain. She now lives on a Native American reservation in Washington State. Her vast repertoire reflects the diversity of the communities whose music she has shared. She has appeared on radio and television in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan, Scotland, Ireland and England. Tania's unusual blond violin, which she has played since she was nine years old, is a handmade instrument by Eskimo craftsman Frank Hobson. Other instruments include an early handmade Larrivee guitar, Flatiron octave mandolin, hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, Kiowa Native American flute, recorders and a tiny ocarina.

Mike: Though born and raised in Manchester, England, Mike's family roots are in Eastern Europe. He has played guitar and percussion with an assortment of bands, accompanied Middle Eastern and African dance troupes, and performed at countless festivals throughout Britain. Mike's main instrument is the Gambian djembe, from which he draws an amazing variety of sounds, but he plays everything from dholak and darabuka to bones, bodhran and congas, and composes tunes on guitar and mandolin. Mike has also built a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic as a dance caller and concert M.C., with a charming, irreverent stage presence.

REVIEW: TANIA OPLAND & MIKE FREEMAN - at Otley Folk Club [U.K.]
What a brilliant night! Eclectic isn't the word for this pair. Or, no, hang on yes, eclectic IS the word. Tania was brought up in Anchorage Alaska, and now has a house in a village on an Indian reservation called Squip... Squoo... er, near Seattle. Mike comes from 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), ... visiting en route, Norway, Russia and Byelorussia, with a brief aside for an Inupiaq (let's say Eskimo) welcome-dance song. This might not be your usual diet when visiting the local club, but it was far from indigestible, leavened as it was with more usual contemporary and traditional tunes and songs, together with plenty of humour and anecdotes. 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. 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

For all Tania and Mike's gigs outside the UK, see their own website.

2022 tour cancelled. Tania and Mike apologise, but hope you will understand. They are stuck in Alaska.

Dates rebooking for 2023. 12th April to 14th May

APRIL 2023

Wed 12th
Llantrisant Folk Club

Pontyclun Institute Athletic Club, Castan Road/Palalwyf Avenue, Pontyclun CF72 9EH

Thur 13th
Bromsgrove Folk Club
Catshill Social Club, 13 Meadow Road,Catshill, Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ

Mon 17th
Stirling Folk Club

Sterling Rugby Club,Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Road, Sterling FK9 5AP

Sun 23rd (Afternoon)
Wainsgate Chapel

Wainsgate Lane, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8SU

Sun 23rd
Bothy Folk Club, Bijou
Cinema,8 Post Office Ave, Southport, PR9 0US

Wed 26th
Cottingham Live

The Back Room, 173 Hallgate, Cottingham, HU16 4BB

Thur 27th
Louth Folk Club

Louth Jazz Club, 51 Queen St, LouthLN11 9BJ

MAY 2023

Tue 2nd
St Neots Folk Club

The Priory Centre, St Neots PE19 2BH

Wed 3rd
Spalding Folk Club
South Holland Centre Function Hall, Market Place, Spalding, PE11 1SS

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"A wonderful stage presence. Their repertoire is vast." - Whidbey Island Folk Festival, Washington, USA

"Tania and Mike... are definitely a partnership made in heaven. They are quite simply one of the most original and interesting musical combinations you're ever likely to see! Between them they weave a fascinating musical tapestry." - Chester Folk Festival, Kelsall, Cheshire, UK

"A remarkably fine duo ... if you get within 100 miles of a gig - don't miss them!"-StortFolk, England

"Talented performers across a range of instruments, & Tania has a terrific voice which she uses to full effect in a rich variety of songs." - Mad Nanny Folk Club, Letchworth, England

"Tania Opland and Mike Freeman provide multinational, multi-instrumental music of a high order." -Huntington Folk Music Society, Long Island, New York, USA

"Very talented musicians with an eclectic selection of tunes and songs... As diverse as Mike and Tania's programme was, it was surpassed by the bewildering array of instruments which they played to deliver it..."-Folk Northwest, England

 

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