Hello February!

Hello!
We’re already into February and getting through that at an alarming rate! We’re off to the Cellar Upstairs in London on Saturday and Smörgåsballad in Abbots Langley on Sunday.

Then we are on the slippery slope of heading back to Halsway Manor on the 10th March. In-between then we’ve got gigs, rehearsals for Wind in the Willows, a  launch concert to prepare for with Daria Kulesh at Cecil Sharp House and more Smörgåsballads.

In all the spare time we’ve finally started recording the Purcell’s Polyphonic Party album.  You’ll have to watch this space for news of that when it arrives. At the moment Jonny is beavering away researching up speeds and numbers of times each tune needs to be played to make sure that not only is it fun to listen to, that it’s danceable too!

🙂
Vicki & Jonny

Holby City

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It’s finally out in the open! Our secret mission back in October was to be Swedish musicians for Holby City! We sat and watched the episode last night and in-between the guts and gore we had a lot of fun spotting us and our dancer friends. All four of our scenes were kept and all music we recorded was used. We were very happy that Fikavalsen was kept in, especially as we’ve released it as a single! The episode will be up on BBC iPlayer for the next month, so it’s not too late to watch us! We’re also the sound track to the behind the scenes video. You get to see a bit more of what we experienced that day. We’re very happy to say that the HCnyckelharpa is now well and truly introduced to the mainstream BBC1 TV audience.

This is what we played:
Bridal March: Jämtlands  Brudmarsch
Recessional: Polska efter Byss-Calle Nr. 32
First Waltz: Fikavalsen
Dance: Härjedalsschottish

Buy the single from our website!
Fikavalsen for nyckelharpa and ensemble - as featured on Holby City 3rd January 2017
Price(GBP): £0.99

It was a really fun week, especially fun as we do this for weddings anyway, just not quite so dramatically!
The BBC has a behind the scenes video – this sums up our week on Holby City to a T. 😀

We’re at the very end of the trailer:

Enjoy!
🙂
Vicki & Jonny

God Jul and Happy Christmas!

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It’s been an amazing autumn and winter. We love doing our Christmas tour and we can’t believe it’s over already! We travelled the country from south to north and back again. We’ve already got some dates in for next December and will be putting together the rest of the tour early in January – so if you want us to come and give you some Christmas cheer next December drop us a line!

Although we’re not entirely revealing the story behind p04lwf4w-1releasing Fikavalsen we can reveal that it has a lot to do with the image on the right! Click the picture to go to the BBC website – and keep then watch Holby City on the evening of Tuesday 3rd December. You might just recognise a couple of musicians (and quite possibly some dancers!) We haven’t seen any of the episode, so we have no idea to what extent you’ll see us and how much music you’ll hear, but we’re hoping that Fikavalsen hasn’t been cut!
Although this tour is now finished we’ve got quite a few gigs in January and quite a few Smörgåsballads coming up to banish the winter blues. Check the gig list to see if we’re anywhere near you. As well as touring we’re going to be recording the Purcell’s Polyphonic Party Dance album and finishing the script / music for Vicki’s new nyckelharpa show.
It’s going to be a busy spring!
🙂
Vicki & Jonny

Fikavalsen

fikavalsen-single-cover-webFikavalsen – The Single

Available from all good digital download stores.

 

About Fikavalsen

In Swedish ‘fika’ is to have a cup of strong coffee with a cinnamon (or any kind of) bun. As often as possible. It is a Swedish institution to stop for fika. Swedes drink really strong coffee. This waltz was written to be calming when you’ve had too much caffeine.

Back in September 2016 Jonny and I were called in to take part in some filming for the BBC. We ended up using this tune for one of the themes. We got home and re-recorded it (it’s on Gleowien, which is now sold out) and we’ve released it in readiness for January 3rd. Once the episode has aired we’ll add to this page! In the meantime we’re keeping very quiet, except for the music! Enjoy that and watch out for it (unless it got cut!!!) January 3rd BBC1 – 8pm. (That’s a tiny hint!)

Vicki: nyckelharpa and oktav-nyckelharpa
Jonny: piano and bass

Winter Tour News and more!

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It’s been a frantic autumn with Jonny performing at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London. Thankfully the beard has now gone! Vicki has been working hard on the concept of her new nyckelharpa show (the details of which are being kept a closely guarded secret, but you can see some of the preparatory work in the youtube playlist below. (Sometimes drastic actions are required to improve your playing).lt_issue-116_front-cover-small

We are delighted to have been interview for the 116 edition of The Living Tradition Magazine over the summer and amazed and very pleased that we made the front cover! You can read the interview on the website!

This brings us up to Christmas! It’s nearly time for the Christmas tour. We love Christmas and we love our Christmas show! We’ve got two different shows this year! A Victorian Music Hall Christmas Celebration – (MH) and A Festive Pick-n-Mix – (PnM)

24.11.16 – Maidenhead Folk Club, Maidenhead
25.11.16 – Baccapipes Folk Club, Keighley – (seasonally adjusted)
30.11.16 – Haverfolk, Romford, Essex – (PnM)
03.12.16 – Gurnard Village Hall, Gurnard, Isle of Wight – (PnM)
10.12.16 – Moreton Village Hall, Shropshire – (MH)
11.12.16 – Readifolk, Reading  – (MH)
12.12.16 – Herga Folk Club, Pinner, Middlesex – (MH)
13.12.16 – Hoy at Anchor Folk Club – Leigh on Sea – (MH)
14.12.16 – Halsway Manor  – (MH)
15.12.16 – Huntingdon Hall, Worcester – (MH)
16.12.16 – Northwich Folk Club  – (MH)
17.12.16 – Kingsnorth Folk, Ashford, Kent – (MH)
18.12.16 – Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea – (PnM)
19.12.16 – Croydon Folk Club  – (MH)
20.12.16 – St Barnabas, Cressing, Essex – (PnM)
22.12.16 – Private Christmas Performance, Kendal  – (MH)

So hope to see you somewhere on the road this December – we’re covering enough miles to hopefully be able to catch everyone!
🙂
Vicki & Jonny


We’re going to The Netherlands

roots-aan-de-zaan-hr-ovaal-c-kopie1Hello!

We had the most amazing summer! Things are calming down now, but we’re off to The Netherlands for the weekend next weekend. SO if you’re in the Hague region – come and see us!!!

07.10.16 – Trouble Tree Folk, Koudekerk aan de Rijn, Netherlands
08.10.16 – Folk in the Lounge – The Hague, The Netherland
09.10.16 – Roots aan de Zaan – Kleine Waarheid, Zaandam, Netherlands

groenlogo300We love catching the ferry to go to gigs, so it’s a lovely adventure. We’ll make sure we take lots of CDs and books with us. Come and say hello!
🙂
Vicki & Jonny

Sliptease – last ever copy!

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We’ve had a wonderful summer so far running around the country. Sidmouth and Broadstairs were wonderful! We’ve briefly touched base for a few days and during our stock take of CDs we’ve found that this is the last ever copy of Sliptease!!

So if you’re after completing your collection – this is your last chance!

<Now sold>!!

🙂
Vicki & Jonny

Jonny – the best cowhorn player in the UK

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We’ve just got back from Sweden where Jonny has been awarded the prestigious Zorn bronze award for the traditional playing of the cowhorn. . Wikipedia explains much better who, what and why we played for. So we are now both hold the bronze award. This of course is going to mean making a whole new website dedicated to the säckpipa and kohorn. Workshops will inevitably follow!

For now you can watch Jonny’s kohorn video playlist. But keep an eye open for workshops – they might even include making your own horn!
🙂
Vicki & Jonny

Paper of Pins – available now!

Hello!
The day has finally arrived. Paper of Pins is released! It’s already had radio plays on 17 different stations – three of which have had the album as their album of the week.

We’ve had two reviews back, Folking.com said “this is the best of Vicki and Jonny’s albums to date”. FolkWords said “‘Paper of Pins’ is quite simply a solid gold, five-star album.” As you can imagine we’re really happy!

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Buy your copy of Paper of Pins now!
Paper of Pins (2016)
Price(GBP): £12.00

To celebrate launch day we went out into the garden and recorded the title track live for you!

Watch the teaser tack and other assorted videos on our playlist. This has been the most blogged about album that we’ve made so far. You can watch the video diary, the live performance of the canon. It’s a whole evenings viewing. 😀

We hope you enjoy the album as much as we have had in making it!
🙂
Vicki & Jonny

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