The new album is coming! It’s been sent off to press, so we are very excited and also quite nervous. So we have opened up for Pre-Orders! We’ve been inspired by the cover to convert it into a bunch of little 25mm badges – so for every pre-order you’ll get a free badge thrown in! Each badge has something to do with the album, either a character or an instrument from a track. We’ve made a teaser containing a small snippet from all the tracks, if you watch it you’ll see some of the badges matched up with the tracks!
To Order your CD now – click here!
Also available from:
1. Långsammapolskan / Andy Clarke’s / A Trip to Habertonford
2. The Gallows Tree
3. Elsy’s Waltz / Dancing Shoes / Dance All Night
4. John Lover
5. Calle’s Brudmarsch / Marsch efter Calle Svankvist / Midsommarn
6. Two Red Roses
7. Mary Free
8. Fiddling About / Grandpa Joe
10. Palastinalied / Ai Vis Lo Lop
11. Folk Club Song
12. Polska efter Calle Svankvist / That Mallet Moment / Pink and the Cradle
We’re already well into week two of our Christmas tour for 2018 and we’ve been so busy I’ve only just had time to put the Christmas Boxset Deal back up! It’s altered slightly from last year as we have no Stones on the Ground left. So we added Tig! to the box set. Next year we’ll have our new album, but it’s not ready yet. So CLICK HERE to visit the box set page.
If spotify is your thing then we can do that for you! Listen away! Of course we’d love to see you at one of our live gigs, here’s what’s left:
08.12.18 – Hatfield Peverel Folk Dance Club Christmas Dance (Dance)
09.12.18 – Springthorpe Village Hall, Lincolnshire (Victorian)
12.12.18 – Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham
16.12.18 – Stanstead Abbotts Ceilidh Society (PnM)
18.12.19 – St Barnabas Church Hall, Cressing Tye Green, Braintree (PnM) SOLD OUT!
19.12.18 – Faversham Folk Club, Faversham, Kent, (PnM)
20.12.18 – Topic Folk Club, Bradford
21.12.18 – The Tree House Bookshop, Kenilworth, (PnM)
22.12.18 – Shammick Acoustic, North Devon (Victorian)
See you soon we hope!
Vicki & Jonny
We’ve had our heads down for the last month recording our little hearts out. It’s shaping up nicely.To show you a little window into our recording we’ve put together a youtube playlist of snippets of vLog. The videos aren’t really long enough to be considered a vLog, but it’s been fun to record! We’ll keep adding the snippets as we go along, (mostly via instagram!)
Vicki & Jonny
We’ve now got our heads down recording a new album and someone suggested I create a little ringtone out of a looping video I made whilst recording. So if you right click and save to disk you will find that this file is a ringtone. I had to zip it up to upload it here. So click away and make this your new (quite annoying) ringtone!
It’s half way through May!! The year has flown by and my news years resolution to make sure I blogged more fell by the way side early on! We’ve just spent the last few days sorting out our mailing list. We’ve spent many years building up our mailing list and we’re resigned to the fact that the new ruling means we’re going to lose quite a few emails, but we hope we’ve done everything we need to do!
So if you fancy helping us out and updating your details that would be amazing! Or if you’re not subscribed, then we’d love it if you did! As a thank you for updating you’ll be sent through to a page with a free music download!
Click Here to go to our signup page!
We’ve got a busy summer ahead of us, but we’ll tell you more about that in a different post!
Vicki & Jonny
It’s been a snowy old week. We’d much rather be gigging, but the snow gods had other ideas! Luckily we managed a performance of Wind in the Willows on Tuesday here at home in Cressing before the snow hit. We made it to Solihull last night, but unfortunately the audience didn’t, so it was cancelled at the last minute as Solihull got itself gridlocked. This show has been rescheduled for two weeks time. We managed to make our escape and make it home. Tonight and tomorrow nights shows have been rescheduled to the end of April. Funnily enough it’s ended up on the same weekend that we’ve had one of December shows rescheduled too – complete coincidence. Let’s hope it doesn’t snow then! So the new re-reschedule looks like this:
14.03.18 – Wind in The Willows, *** at The Core Theatre , Solihull
27.04.18 – Wind in The Willows, *** Broughton Parish Room, Wetwood, Staffs
28.04.18 – Moreton Village Hall, Moreton, Staffs (Duo Show)
29.04.18 – Wind in The Willows, *** Hemingby, Lincs
But we have a busy March ahead of us starting down in Totnes on Wednesday. The Met office assures us it’s going to have warmed up by then! So here you have our movements for March:
04.03.18 – Wind in The Willows, *** All Hallows Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Notts
08.03.18 – Totnes Folk Club, Totnes, Devon
10.03.18 – Halsway Manor, Somerset
14.03.18 – Wind in The Willows, ***Solihull
24.03.18 – Smörgåsballad at Halsway Manor, Somerset
We hope you’re all warm and safe! See you on the road!
Vicki & Jonny
We have finally reached the end of the journey for our brand new album An Invitation to Dance. When we teamed up with John Dipper around two years ago to form Purcell’s Polyphonic Party we had no idea we would end up creating a danceable listenable album of Playford Dances. In fact originally PPP was a conceptual stage idea – one which we haven’t finished creating yet. We got side tracked by dance and the beauty of the music. Our next job is to complete that concept, so watch out for news of part II!
In the meantime we are launching the new album on Saturday 4th November at Coventry Zesty Playford. There are some of the dances from the album on the dance list! You can of course order the album now and it’ll be sent to you straight after the launch on Monday next week.
This week we’ve been posting up a countdown (or should it be a count up?) of instruments you can find on the album. To date we’re on Day 8 and the double bass, but there’s a few days left before we launch! So below is a playlist including the teaser video and the instruments and also some buy now buttons!
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Vicki & Jonny (and John!)
You know you’ve been busy when you check the last blog entry and it was for midsummer!!! We have driven the length and breadth of the country and we’re about to do it all over again! Almost exactly a year ago we started rehearsals for Wind in the Willows with our good friends Chris Green and Sophie Matthews and now we have started our little October tour. We’ve had such fun with Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger and we really want to share it with you! So catch us somewhere this month!
Vicki & Jonny
04.10.17 – Wind in The Willows, *** Regal Theatre, Minehead
05.10.17 – Wind in The Willows,*** The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset
06.10.17 – Wind in The Willows,*** Princess Theatre Arts Centre, Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset
13.10.17 – Wind in The Willows,*** The Heron Theatre, Beetham, Milnthorpe, Cumbria
14.10.17 – Wind in The Willows,*** Victoria Hall, Settle, Cumbria
19.10.17 – Wind in The Willows, *** Standard Triumph Club, Coventry
20.10.17 – Wind in The Willows, *** Stapleford Granary Arts and Music Centre, Cambridge
22.10.17 – Wind in The Willows, *** Hanger Farm, Southampton
28.10.17 – Wind in The Willows, *** Luton Library Theatre, Luton
Midsummer is here! The year has gone by so fast it’s unreal!
We’ve had some excellent adventures so far and have more to come! Our biggest adventure has to be going to Moscow! Starting the Saturday of the weekend was us playing for the Dartford Spring Fayre. We often don’t get to see pictures taken of us unless we spot them on Facebook, so we were delighted to be sent a drawing of us in the park. Amazing! Thank you for sending it! We finished our lunchtime set there and headed straight off to the airport to get to Moscow! We were there as part of Daria Kulesh’s Long Lost Home Band. Because of other
commitments we were only in Russia for the 34 hours for the concert, but we had a nice view of the city in the taxi ride home after the concert! It was an amazing experience and loved playing in the Russian band too playing Ingush music. Maybe it’ll happen again some day!
Since then our feet have barely touched the ground! We were picked up from the airport by John so we could do more recording for Purcell’s Polyphonic Party, from there straight to Chester Folk Festival, Maghull Folk Club, Red Lion Folk Club (to support and see our friends Cloudstreet), Rhyl Folk Club then up to Cumbria to rehearse as seriouskitchen.
Time to breath!
We’re hoping to have the PPP album ready for Sidmouth – but we think that we’ll be doing pre-orders there. Sometimes you can’t rush these things – but we are in the mixing stage now!
So where are we over the summer? We’ll be mixing and learning and writing music, but in between those times you’ll find us here:
01.07.17 – Bury Folk Festival – afternoon concert
01.07.17 – Kimpton Folk Festival – evening concert
07-09.07.17 – Furness Folk Festival, Furness Cumbria
28 – 30.07.17 – Festival at the Edge, Shropshire
04-11.08.17 – Sidmouth Folk Week, also as PPP
Hope to see you at one of these places. I’ll leave you with a little youtube video celebrating midsummer – playing nyckelharpa outside in the garden!
Vicki & Jonny
May already?? The time has just flown by! We’ve got a few weeks at home at the moment, but we’re working our little socks off! Still recording the Purcell’s Polyphonic Party album. Jonny has been working incredibly hard on this! We’re playing for the Saturday night dance at Chester Folk Festival, so we finished putting a dance tune list together and are all ready to go for that.
We’ve had an unexpected gig come in. It’s not your normal Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer gig, but we’re both involved. We’re off to a secret location for a secret gig. Well it’s not really secret, but it’s certainly going to be an adventure! We’re off to Russia to play as part of Daria Kulesh’s Long Lost Home Band. The Gradsky Hall in Moscow. It’s been a frantic couple of weeks sorting out visas and travel and writing new parts for different instruments! More anon!
Vicki & Jonny