World cultures collide with duo

Tania Opland and Mike Freeman at the Lamb folk club
Tania Opland and Mike Freeman at the Lamb folk club

Appearing at the Lamb Folk Club for the first time on Wednesday, November 4, is Anglo-Alaskan world music duo Tania Opland and Mike Freeman.

Since 1995 Tania and Mike have toured the world together, from home bases half a world apart, with a unique and eclectic mix of songs in several languages played on instruments including hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, violin, Native American flute, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy and percussion.

Mike, originally from Manchester, has played guitar and percussion for many years with an assortment of bands, accompanied Middle Eastern and African dance troupes, and performed at countless festivals throughout Britain and North America. Tania, born and raised in Anchorage, performs on an array of musical instruments including an unusual 5 string violin, hammered dulcimer, hurdy gurdy and an Alaska made, double chambered, wooden ocarina. With eight albums between them and numerous radio and television appearances, their shows feature traditional and contemporary material from many cultures, all presented with wit and style. Mike’s irreverent sense of humour and Tania’s stunning vocals provide the springboard for a rollercoaster ride across several continents and back again. All welcome, admission is £6 on the door with students and under 16s half price. The doors open at 7.30pm - for more info call 01323 728268.