What a March and onto April!

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

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)

February 2021 update

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….

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)
Buy tickets for Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
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
in Zoom
Tickets £8/£12 (single or multi-household, or can/can’t afford a lot)
Buy tickets for Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
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

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
(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!

Crowdfunder Badges

Now that the crowdfunder has completed it’s all hands to the deck in creating the rewards. The CD itself has gone off to be printed. The typesetting of the score has been done (waiting for more paper to arrive!) So the badges! What six badges can you choose? Here are the main ones! Choose and they shall be yours!

Zoom Dance for Tenterden

Tenterden Zoom Dance!

Friday 2nd October
20:00 – 21:30

The Zoom meeting details have now been sent out – let us know if you’ve not got them.
It’s not too late to register!
If you want to come and it’s after 7:30pm then either send Vicki a FaceBook message,
Or figure out the password
Meeting Code: 954 9748 1641
Passcode: ********** (6,4)
Quick: Caller instruction that makes you hold hands in your square set and move clockwise
Cryptic: An infinitely sided polygon remainder

Donations to the festival (and the artist!) are welcomed.

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!
Working with Rhodri Davies you’ll get a great evening of music and
specially selected dances so that you can have a fun evening with or without a partner!

Want to play along instead of dance?
Grab the dots from Vicki’s blog!

Oxford Ceilidhs created a little video showing you what you can expect in a ceilidh:

Album Crowdfunding – Praetorius

Vicki is crowdfunding an album! We have 28 days to meet our target of £1000 (which basically covers the cost of making the CDs). There are lots of different ‘rewards’ to choose from! So check it out. We have four weeks to make our target! It’s hardcore Praetorius nyckelharpa quintets – the video reveals all!

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