June!!

Hello!
How did we get to June 2021?? The summer seems to be here and we can now working the summer garden office  – a permanent gazebo we installed last autumn. It seems to have taken a very long time to get to the point where it is warm enough to work in here! So it’s June! What have we got on this month? Quite a bit it turns out!

Vicki & Jonny’s Session from Studio 2 – Sunday 6th & 20th June
As part of Vicki’s new teaching website we premier a short session every fortnight for people to play along to. The dots are downloadable and there are lessons going through each tune. You have to be a subscriber to access the lessons. (At some point Vicki will officially launch this website!) The session on the 6th is slow airs, we have’t decided what it’s going to be on the 20th yet.

Symmetry ECD Zoom Dance – 10th, 13th and 29th June
We have three Symmetry Zoom dances this month. We love these dances and they’ve kept us going in these difficult times! If you like to play-along Vicki publishes the music on her website.

Friday Night Dancers (contra) – 11th June midnight!!!
We’re playing in Echo Falls, Maryland. It’s late!! Pretty much Saturday morning, but come along in Zoom anyway!

Wimborne Virtual Folk Festival Festival – 12th June
This is taking place using Streamyard and will be streamed into FaceBook and YouTube – so check out their website to see how to find the stream! We’re also premiering a mosaic dance that we’ve put together with Bob Morgan especially for the event! As a loyal reader of our news entries we’ve included a little preview of the dance at the bottom of this page. the real thing will have a walk through and lots more dancers, but this shows the fun we had making the video!

Zoom Dance with Madeleine Smith – 17th June
We’re providing the live music for Madeleine Smith in Zoom on the 17th. Get in touch for details of the link!

We hope to see you virtually at one of these events despite the summer being here!
lots of love
Vicki & Jonny

Lockdown Easing – What next?

Hello!
It’s mid-May and we can’t believe how fast time is flying! Our lounge was moved into the dining room permanently exactly a year ago now! This gave us a permanent streaming studio in the lounge, since then we also have a second space which is streaming and a third teaching space in the spare room. So now that lockdown is easing – what does that mean for our tech-heavy house? In reality not much has changed as the restrictions have been eased. We’re still losing dates in the diary and we’re still doing the online streams. We can’t see this changing for at least the next few months. We will be putting our own livestream concert in the diary for next month – with all the online dances we’ve been very neglectful of our non-dance audience! We’ll rectify that very soon – watch this space. In the meantime….

Wednesday 19th May
Smörgåsballad – Songs and Tales of the Land of the Midnight Sun
a Hybrid event at Benslow Music
Concert starts at 8pm – it would be great to see you in person or online! We’ll set up a chat thread in FaceBook so you can reach us! If you’d like to play along you can grab the dots here!

Sunday 23rd May
Vicki has created a new nyckelharpa teaching website and we release a session video every fortnight. This Sunday is the fifth session and is Swedish tunes from Smörgåsballad. Because it’s on YouTube you can watch at the premier or any time afterwards – full details in the VMR (as Vicki likes to call it). The video is embedded below!

Tuesday 25th May
We’ve been working hard in the Zoom dance scene over the past 5 months and we have another dance on the 25th. We always publish the tune list so if you want to play along you can! We don’t always get the dance list very early, so the pad can go up very late, but if you get in touch we can make sure to email it!

Hope to see you at one of these!
Lots of Love
Vicki & Jonny

Wimborne Mosaic Dance – The Quixo Reel

We present to you the Quixo Reel! Created for our concert slot at the Virtual Wimborne Minster Folk Festival. We enlisted the expert services of caller Bob Morgan who made a  simple Zoom-ified version of the OXO reel which Bob has called the Quixo Reel. We had such fun that we decided we should dance too and made our own little video!

These were the instructions:

Step One: Learn The Dance
We went into Zoom and created a guide video that teaches the dance. The guide video gives you two walk throughs and then the dance with music.

Step Two: Film Yourself doing the dance. 
You can use your phone to video yourself, or a camera or you can use Zoom to capture your dancing. If you’re really up for taking part but can’t figure out how to get the files to us drop us a line and we can meet in Zoom and we will take care of everything! Below is a video of just the dance (with calling and a little bit of time before we start playing so you can hit play!)

Alternative Step Two: using Zoom to film
You can actually film yourself using Zoom. The quality isn’t brilliant – but if it’s all you have, then it’s absolutely fine! I’ve made a guide to show you how to do this and how easy it is. Don’t worry about editing, I’ll take care of all of that!

What a March and onto April!

Hello!
What a March that was! We had so many dances and had so much fun that I totally forgot to write a blog entry! So I’d better make up for it and do April right now! It’s pretty much wall to wall dances until we get to 25th April, which is World Nyckelharpa Day. We’re still making our plans for that, so keep an eye on our FaceBook page for details!
:))
Vicki & Jonny

April
01.04.21 – Symmetry ECD dance in USA – Zoom Dance (midnight UK time)
02.04.21 – Atlanta Distdance (00:30 UK time on the 3rd April!)
06.04.21 – Symmetry ECD dance in USA – Zoom Dance (7pm UK time)
13.04.21 –  Symmetry ECD dance in USA – Zoom Dance (7pm UK time)
17.04.21 – Oxfolk Ceilidh for Folk Weekend Oxford
18.04.21 – Nottingham Playford Ball in Zoom
24.04.21 – NBCDS Waltz Party in Zoom – (3am on the 25th!)
25.04.21 – Symmetry ECD dance in USA – Zoom Dance (7pm UK time)
25.04.21 – WORLD NYCKELHARPA DAY!

February 2021 update

Hello!
Wow – that was a fun January! We had expected to be sleeping and catching up a little with ourselves after a frantic December. That definitely wasn’t the case. So we’re going to try to take it easy in February. That’s not to say we have no work! Mostly for the next four weeks it’s all about the dance! We’re really looking forward to all of them! We’re doing contra, Social Dance (ECD for the Americans) and Playford! These are the dates!

05.02.21 –Virtual Alcester Contra– Zoom Dance
09.02.21 – Symmetry ECD dance in USA – Zoom Dance (7pm UK time)
13.02.21 – Flurry Festival  – Contra Zoom Dance (7:15pm UK time)
20.02.21 – IVFDF – Playford Dance Zoom Dance
21.02.21 – Symmetry ECD dance in USA – Zoom Dance (7pm UK time)
27.02.21 – Chester Folk Day – Zoom Gig

Vicki is also right in the middle of planning World Nyckelharpa Day, spa watch this space on that. We’re still watching our face to face work dribble out of the diary and we’re a little too scared to start putting any in. So we’ll be working from our streaming spaces for a while yet. We now have two streaming spaces. You can just about tell them apart from the screen by the floor colour! February will be from Studio2 – whilst Vicki is filming in Studio1 for WND!

Keep safe out there and we look forward to being able to see everyone again in flesh sometime this year!
:))
Vicki & Jonny

Happy New Year

Hello everyone!
After a frantic December filled with Christmas Zoom gigs we thought we’d have a bit of a rest in January.  This however hasn’t turned out to be the case! Having played for the Sea to Sea event on New Years Eve we’ve got a couple of last minute dances in the diary for next week. So if you’re an insomniac and fancy joining us in Atlanta, we’d love to see you! Half past midnight in the wee hours of Tuesday morning until 2am. If that’s too early we’re back in the USA on Tuesday at 7pm for their afternoon. We’re really looking forward to it!

We thought we should also mark the Burns Supper in Zoom. So we’ve asked the wonderful Hector Gilchrist to join us (virtually). We’ll have all the usual trimmings for a Burns supper – but if you’d actually like to have haggis, you’ll have to provide your own. Sunday 24th January at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now!

You can also catch us at Folk at the Drum and the Harwich Festival of the Arts this month. We can sleep in February. 🙂 Or can we….
🙂
Vicki&Jonny

Next Online Events:
Wee hours of 12.01.21 – Atlanta DistDance
(00:30 UK time – This is technically Tuesday morning, but before we go to bed on Monday night!)
12.01.21 – U3A – Zoom (10am)
12.01.21 – Symmetry ECD dance – Zoom Dance (7pm UK time)
14.01.21 – Folk at the DrumZoom Gig
24.01.21 – Burns Supper –  Zoom Gig
28.01.21Harwich Festival of the Arts – FB Live

Christmas Zoom Tour!

We’re on tour this month doing Christmas! Three different shows!

Midwinter Warmer  – Thursday 17th December – 7:30pm in Zoom
Tickets £8/£12 (single or multi-household, or can/can’t afford a lot)
Buy tickets for Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Come with us on a journey starting at All Souls in November with spooky songs, head into the dark longest night and meet the Lussekärringe and hear about Lucia. We go to Norway and party with Olaf like it’s the year 999. We find out if the Swedish Christmas goat, the Julbok survives without being set alight and finally January sees us Wassailing and heading off for Carnival. Of course – we’ll sing some favourite carols too!


Vicki & Jonny’s Christmas Pick-n-Mix -Sunday 20th December – 8:00pm in Zoom
Tickets £8/£12 (single or multi-household, or can/can’t afford a lot)
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Our Pick-n-Mix Christmas show – you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get at this show, folk, christmas, music hall, stories, tunes, classical … But we can guarantee you some sing-along Christmas carols, some seasonal offerings and some of our favourite things. This year – we’re selecting the set list using an actual Pick-n-Mix!


Vicki & Jonny’s Christmas Carol Concert – Tuesday 22nd December
7:30pm
in Zoom
Tickets £8/£12 (single or multi-household, or can/can’t afford a lot)
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We love to play and sing Christmas Carols! So join us in Zoom for a sing-a-long carol concert. Buy your ticket from the box office below and vote for your favourite carol right now! These carols are currently voted in:
• Silent Night
• Deck the Halls
• I Saw Three Ships
• The Holly and The Ivy
• Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Hearts Eyes – Nyckelharpa Album by Vicki

Hello!
Vicki spent much of August recording and album of Praetorius Dances from Terpsichore and then Crowdfunded it. It’s now out! Who doesn’t need an album of lush nyckelharpa playing in their lives? You can also buy a minus1 CDR complete with score so that you can be the melody to Vicki’s team of harpa players. Watch the video playlist to find out why the moraharpa has hearts eyes and why the album was named for it!
😀
Vicki & Jonny

Click here to buy the album!

Great Knight Folk Club – Wednesday 21st October

Great kNight Folk Club
Wednesday 22nd October
20:30 – 22:30

We were supposed to be at the Great kNight Folk Club in April 2020. This was cancelled and got moved to September. This has now been changed into a Zoom gig on the 22nd October. The gig is free to register, but we really, really would appreciate donations. (Click the hat)
or our TipJar

We will open the virtual doors around 20:00 and start the concert at 20:30.
There will be an interval for people to have a chat.
It’s easy to register for the event! Either just send us or the club an email to get the login.
Or sign up using the sign up form below. We will send you the link.
(We’re not putting it publicly online to avoid Zoom bombers!)

Vicki & Jonny have spent weeks setting up Zoom sound to make it the best they can!
Their lounge is now permanently converted to a livestream studio!


Concert for Northumbrians and Pipers – 13th October 2020

Present a Zoom Concert with
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
(as part of their Northumbria Pipe Week)

You’ll get three breeds of bagpipe…

Tuesday 13th October 2020
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start Cost £5
For more information, or to buy a ticket, please email
susan[a]northumbriansandpipers.com
(replace the [a] with @ !)

If you fancy plopping something in our virtual hat or tip jar:
or our TipJar

What does a concert in Zoom with
Vicki & Jonny sound and look like?

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers. Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.

How we prepare the room!

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