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Thursday, September 13th, 2018
7:30 PM
Oka Vanga, alias William Cox and Angela Meyer, are a multi-talented duo who move effortlessly from playing well known traditional material and instrumentals to their own well-crafted songs. Seamless guitar playing combines with ukulele and mandolin to create a varied music set. Described by Mike Harding as having both great musicianship and really fine songs, fans of folk and roots music are sure to find something they will enjoy in their music.

Hailing from London, Will cites a chance encounter with John Renbourn as the catalyst that led to him taking his guitar playing more seriously when he was a teenager. A multi-instrumentalist, Will is also an established music teacher in Hertfordshire.

Originally from South Africa, Angie first picked up the guitar at the age of 6. She immersed herself in an eclectic world of music, studying classical guitar greats alongside song writing masters and world music alongside film music before finally relocating to the UK in 1999.

Angie and Will formed Oka Vanga in 2008, naming their duo after a unique river delta in Africa recognised for its natural beauty. Working initially within a range of styles, Oka Vanga made their début with 'Pilgrim' in 2014, an instrumental album awarded FATEA'S Instrumental Album of the Year: 'Tales of Eyam,' a Folk EP, followed in 2015 and in 2017 'Dance of the Copper Trail' was released to huge critical acclaim.

Oka Vanga first played in North Shields in 2016 and Live In The North East has been looking to have them back ever since. Angie and Will are quite simply superb musicians who enjoy a rare symbiosis that is immediately apparent to their audience.

Their visits to the North East are rare so don't miss a chance to see them: you will not be disappointed!


Meyer has lovely, gentle voice soft as a wind borne feather and as emotionally loaded as two new lovers. Add to this their incredible gift on the guitars and you have something special.

Danny Farragher, Folkall.

Wholly engrossing, spellbinding technique, delightful expression, scintillating synergy and a world-spanning, hypnotic folk and roots vibe.

Charlie Elland, FolkWords

[E]xceptionally brilliant they are so in tune with each other that the rhythm and lead swap back and forth between them like a thread being woven into a complex tapestry.

Pete Bradley, FATEA