Posted tagged ‘Mike Freeman’


March 31, 2010

We had a brilliant night with Mike and Tania – thanks to everyone who came along, good to see so many people. Thanks also to Hajni and Jonathan for the posters, Jonathan and Belinda for the door, Hajni and Pauline for the kitchen, Lyn for talking to the papers and Sally for rounding up the dulcimer people. There is no way I could make this work if I didn’t have so much support.

We were all very saddened to hear about the death of Vicki Williams last week. Trefor and Vicki played Redditch a number of times, and we were all very fond of them both.

This coming Saturday finds us with Bill and Lyn, the following week we should be with Chris and Hajni. Also on the 17th of April, is an event at Forge Mill – Farm Fun from 11 – 4  (at which I will be playing) and on the 24th April there’s an event at St Georges Church, redditch, trying to keep it open – I’ll be playing there too.


Tania Opland and Mike Freeman

March 16, 2010

On the 27th March, Mike Freeman and Tania Opland will be performing at the Memorial Hall, Headless Cross.

Longstanding favourites of Redditch Folk club, this highly talented duo play a range of instruments and sing in a number of languages, with a repertoire of traditional music from around the world.

Mike Freeman’s roots are in Eastern Europe, with grandparents from Russia, Roumania and Hungary.  He has played guitar and percussion with an assortment of bands, accompanied Middle Eastern and African dance troupes, performed at countless festivals throughout Britain, 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 and now lives on an Indian reservation in Washington State. Her vast repertoire reflecting 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. She still treasures the unusual blond violin, a handmade instrument by Eskimo craftsman Frank Hobson, which she has played since she was nine years old, but has recently switched to a c.1920 German violin converted to five-string for concert work. Other instruments include an early handmade Larrivee guitar, Flatiron octave mandolin, hammered dulcimer by Dusty Strings, Kiowa Native American flutes by Allan Guffey and Stellar Flutes, and a tiny ocarina by Clayzeness Whistleworks.

This pair are unique, and captivating. To learn more about them, visit their homepage –

Tickets available on the door, for £5, concert commences 8pm with support from local performers. For advance tickets contact bryn(dot) colvin(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk or leave a comment on this blog post.