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Nan’n AnkieNan’n Nanne & Ankie AnkieNan’n Ankie

 
 

Biography

 
Nanne Kalma & Ankie van der Meer  
Languages:   a - Nederlands    b - English    c - Frysk    d - francais   e - Esperanto 

Dutch Songs of Water, Sea and Sailing 

Nanne & Ankie have been playing together since 1980.
First of all in the group Irolt, later in Kat yn’t Seil, Kajto and Liereliet. With these groups – and together as a duo – singing in Esperanto, in Frisian, in Dutch and in English, they produceded more than 40 albums on LP and CD and regularly tour(ed) many countries, not just Europe, but also North America and Australia. 
For instance, in the summer of 2016, Nanne & Ankie - as a duo - toured America for 10 weeks.

They sing traditional as well as newly written songs and have a wide repertoire. 
Concerning the lyrics of their songs, they don’t limit themselves and so their singing covers a wide variety of subjects. Maritime and historical themes play an important role, but they also enjoy singing about comic events that happen in everyday life.They love to put music to Esperanto and Frisian poems as well as to lyrics by the Australian writer Michael Roads.

At festivals, coffee-concerts, cultural evenings, in the ‘song-workshops’ they give, or wherever they perform, Nanne and Ankie always present their program humoristically, adapting it to every situation. At concerts they accompany themselves on such instruments as the guitar, mandolin, concertina and shawm. 

During the first 16 years of the 21st century they already released 19 new CD’s in several languages:
in English: 'The Game of Change', ‘The Song of Life‘, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Choose Love‘, ‘Old Silver Leg’ and  
  ‘Windrose’  
in Dutch: ‘Reis naar de Wilde Kust’, 'Overwinteren', 'Henry Hudson en De Halve Maen', 'Dijk vol Muziek', 
  ‘Pieter Poot’ and ‘Spelevaren op de Sterrenzee’. 
- in Esperanto with Kajto: 'Lokomotivo, rulu nun', ‘Kajto Duope’ and ‘Kajto flugas’ 
- in Frisian: 'Mei de Guozzen mei', ‘Spreuklieten’, 'Smûzje' en 'Moai mei dij'. 

                                         
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