TANIA OPLAND AND MIKE FREEMAN Canopy Theatre Beccles – Saturday 1st June   7.30 p.m.

Opland Freeman

This Anglo-Alaskan multi-instrumental duo have been on the road together since 1995 in a unique collaboration which combines their distinctly separate musical backgrounds, bringing their exuberant music and wild tales to audiences around the world.

They met in England in 1994, and have toured the UK from Shetland to the Channel Islands, Norfolk to Cornwall, Scotland and Wales. Performances in North America have ranged from Maine to the Aleutian Islands, and from British Columbia to Texas.

Mike Freeman's roots are in Eastern Europe, but he was born and raised in Manchester and spent many years in Norwich working as a designer, cabinet maker and teacher before moving to County Kilkenny, Ireland. He has played guitar and percussion with an assortment of bands, accompanied Middle Eastern and African dance troupes and featured on recordings in the roles of musician, arranger and producer.

Mike's main instrument is the Gambian djembe, from which he draws an amazing variety of sounds, but he plays everything from dholak and darabouka to bones, bodhran and congas, and composes tunes on guitar and mandolin.

Originally from Alaska, Tania Opland has travelled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Britain and 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. Her five solo albums have received excellent reviews in acoustic music magazines on both sides of the Atlantic.

From early classical training on piano, cello and violin, Tania moved on to explore many different fiddle styles and a wide range of wind instruments, and even to experiment with such exotic instruments as chang, gidjak and doira, giving her a style rich in techniques and traditions. Other instruments she plays include guitar, octave mandolin, hammered dulcimer, Native American flutes, ocarinas and hurdy gurdy.

Tania's voice has been described as "a voice of gentle strength that adapts well to suit various vocal stylings." (R-n-R Magazine)

For more info, music & video visit https://www.opland-freeman.com/

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