Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have been touring the world for more than a decade, from home bases thousands of miles apart, with a unique and eclectic mix of songs in several languages and acoustic music played on more instruments than any sane duo would travel with, including hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, ocarina, violin, Native American flute and percussion. They’ve been on the road together so long that although they married years ago, they’re still not sure which side of the Atlantic to call home.
TANIA OPLAND is originally from Alaska, and before meeting Mike had already travelled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Britain. She 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 US, Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan, Scotland, Ireland and England.
“A superb fiddle player, and no slouch either on recorder, cittern, guitar and hammered dulcimer, she is also in possession of a voice of gentle strength that adapts well to suit the various vocal styling required.”
—Rock 'n' Reel Magazine, Cumbria, England
“Tania’s reviews include a lot of superlatives... well, just in case you’re wondering, they’re all true!”
—Jacey Bedford, Birdsedge Village Hall Concerts/ Birdsedge Festival.
MIKE FREEMAN is from Manchester, England. Now based in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, he has played guitar and percussion for many years with an assortment of bands, accompanied African and Middle Eastern dancers, and performed at countless festivals throughout Europe and in North America. He plays everything from Dholaks and Daraboukas to Bones, Bodhran and Congas, and he can whip up a storm on a triangle! He is also acknowledged as a dance caller and concert M.C. with a growing reputation on both sides of the Atlantic.
“An exciting percussionist, Mike is also an excellent and innovative dance caller.
On the subject of drums, if it doesn’t move he’ll hit it- if it does he’ll tie it down and then hit it and, like everything else, with style.”
—Sarah Davis, Whitchurch Festival, England.
A partial list of Mike’s festival credits includes Whitby, Broadstairs, Teesdale, Whittlesey Straw Bear, Downham Rag Bear, Alcester, Bognor, Chippenham, Wath, Redditch, Norfolk Our World, Fylde, Rookery Farm, Claygate, Ely and Whitchurch.
For more about Tania Opland and Mike Freeman, including the ongoing saga of restoring an old stone cottage in Ireland (which is getting to be a very long story — with pictures), go to their website: