A DIDGERIDOO player and expert on Aboriginal culture from Bridlington is set to be involved with the Olympic Torch relay.
Nick Burman will perform with his didgeridoo when the torch passes through Middlesbrough this Sunday, as part of a special display about Captain James Cook – the Middlesbrough born explorer who made first European contact with the eastern coast of Australia.
Nick, 49, said: “It is an honour to be chosen to be involved with the Olympic event, especially with something like this that is a bit out of the ordinary.
“I will be performing a solo set and also alongside an Aboriginal artist and storyteller and Maori performers.”
Nick, who has lived in Bridlington for nine years and also lived in the town during the 1980s, first became interested in the didgeridoo and Aboriginal Australian culture when he owned a musical instrument store in Hull and later in Glastonbury.
He was taught how to play the didgeridoo and about all aspects of indigenous Australian culture by David Blansi, an Aboriginal who was brought to Britain in 1961 by Rolf Harris.
And the link with Rolf has come full circle, as Nick will also perform at an exhibition of the TV presenter’s artwork currently on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool from July 31 to August 2.
“That will also be a special occasion for me, as Rolf was the person who brought over the person who taught me about Aboriginal culture, David Blansi. I met him in around 1998 and he was already one of my heroes.
“I have done so much already that I’m proud of, including living in the bush with Aboriginal teachers, performing for the Royal family and for the children of Tony Blair while he was Prime Minister, but these two events this summer will be very special indeed.”
Nick currently visits schools around the country demonstrating the didgeridoo and giving children lessons on Aboriginal hunting skills, music, dance art and stories.
“The children absolutely love it as it is such a vibrant culture, they get to learn how to make and throw boomerangs and where they would best be used,” said Nick.
He is available for bookings in local schools, and can be contacted through his website at www.didgfever.co.uk.