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Old Apr 3 2011, 10:59 AM   #1
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I should have posted this earlier, but here is a link to Mike and Tania's 2011 concert schedule. We'll be seeing them in a couple of weeks and going to see them in Crail on 28th April.

http://www.opland-freeman.com/calendar.htm

The schedule is very much biased towards the north of the UK this year, but there's a concert in Dartmouth in Devon for southern folks.
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I've been toying with the idea of going to the Square Chapel in Halifax.

Looks like it's going to be easier than when I saw them a few years ago, even though I could be getting a train at midnight again
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Old Apr 6 2011, 04:35 AM   #3
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Simple answer, KC. Book a gig for them near you!
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Elizabeth, you are being a good agent! Annie
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Simple answer, KC. Book a gig for them near you!
Would that I could - at least I'm in the same county
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There are whole swathes of southern England not covered this year, and yet Mike and Tania have to drive hundreds of miles down to Devon and then back for one concert on 8th May. If anyone living along that route can gather enough people together in early May you could book a house concert.

Is that enough advertising Eann?
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Old Apr 7 2011, 11:07 AM   #7
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Annie - have tried to get them into the local 'arts' festival, but the local eejits don't consider music an art! ^$&*^%£"%*^%$% !!!

This means that Mike and Tania are too good for them.
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Old Apr 27 2011, 06:30 AM   #8
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Mike and Tania are staying with us at the moment. We are about to head off to St. Andrews for some sight-seeing (and fish and chips!), and tomorrow we'll be seeing Mike and Tania's concert in Crail. I'm looking forward to it.
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Old Apr 27 2011, 11:48 AM   #9
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Sightseeing at St. Andrews? Is there a distillery there?

*waves at Mike and Tania*

Hi Mike, Tania, hope you have a great tour in the UK.
It was great meeting you two.
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Old Apr 27 2011, 04:10 PM   #10
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There are no distilleries here, but practically everything else: historical buildings, an ancient university and beautiful scenery. Oh, and there's the golf thing too (but we don't talk about that. ).

*Tania says she waves back*

I'm listening to Mike and Tania practising at the moment, and very much looking forward to the concert tomorrow.
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Have fun! It would be great to see Mike and Tania play live! I wish I was there!
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Old Apr 28 2011, 08:22 PM   #12
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Thanks Steven. I just spotted this thread. I hope you all had a good time at the show and safe drive home. Glad you and Lanen could join us for dinner beforehand.
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The concert was fantastic - well attended and very well appreciated. Mike and Tania were terrific, as usual. Here are some pictures from the Crail concert:




And here is the big new thing this year - Tania's hurdy gurdy:

There was a big surprise that left Elizabeth and I gob-smacked , but I won't spoil it here for those intending to go to one of the later concerts.
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Thank you for the photos, Steven! Great to hear the gig was well attended

Oh yeah, and you're an awful couple, keeping surprises to yourselves and leaving us in the dark. How do you know it wouldn't be the last push for someone to go and visit a concert...?
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Oh yeah, and you're an awful couple, keeping surprises to yourselves and leaving us in the dark. How do you know it wouldn't be the last push for someone to go and visit a concert...?


Also I don't want to spoil Mike and Tania's surprise while the tour is still happening. They have a lot of new material on this tour (unfortunately not yet on CD, but Tania says Mike is working on that).
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Well, the UK tour is over. The next gig from Mike and Tania is over in Ireland. I hope they got some good audiences, and I hope next year they'll have a wider selection of locations. (Northeast England were the lucky ones this year.)

Here is the extra picture I have been holding back until now. During their visit Tania explained how tricky it was to play the hurdy gurdy. You have to play the melody with one hand, while at the same time the other hand bows the melody strings, plays the drone strings and simultaneously creates the percussion. You have to think of 4 things at once - a bit like a one man band. And just for extra fun, the whole thing needs retuning every 10 minutes or so. Elizabeth and I were amazed when, in the middle of the performance, Tania gets out a recorder and starts playing it at the same time as the hurdy gurdy! We had watched Mike and Tania practising, but they managed to hide that surprise from us.

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I'm really sorry I missed out on the tour this year Glad to hear it went so well
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We had the priviledge of hearing Tania play the hurdy gurdy at Anne's home but to play a recorder at the same time... seems utterly impossible so I am glad Steven took the great photo of Tania!
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Ah, the contortions I go through to provide you with the occasional genuine surprise. Now if we can just come up with something for next year to top that...
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Well, you're not doing anything with your feet yet, so perhaps next year a pedal-operated percussion instrument as well...?
But we had a great time at your concert. I hope the venues will be more spread out next year so that MOM members have a better chance of seeing you. (That is, as long as you're in Scotland long enough for us to see you.)
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