It’s been a great summer so far on the road! Gower seems a really long time ago! We’ve been all over the country since then, up to the wonderful Stealing Thunder Storytelling festival up in Cumbria and all the way across to the East in the Leigh Folk Festival. We took a few days out to visit family in Sweden and are now doing a stint at the amazing Dragon Slayer show at Warwick Castle. (You have to have a banquet ticket to be serenaded by us before the show starts).
Coming up what looked like being a quiet autumn is filling out to being just as busy. We’re at Shrewsbury Folk Festival with Purcell’s Polyphonic Party doing a lunchtime dance. We’re doing the Black Diamond Folk Club in Birmingham on the 30th. Lunchtime concert in Witham on the 4th September and end up back at Halsway Manor for the extravaganza of nyckelharpa playing.
We’ve just come back from a wonderful Gower Folk Festival! The views from the venue are incredible! We taught three tunes in the Swedish workshop on the Saturday morning and I promised I would share links to videos and dots! So here they all are! Click on the title to take you through to my tune learning blog for full details!
Vicki & Jonny
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Happy Easter! We’ve had a few days at home now to recover after our incredible spring! Time to cut the grass, vacuum clean the house and even tidy up a little! But we wanted to give everyone at home something to do too! We write a lot of tunes – to be honest – we have written a shed load of tunes over the years! If you hunt round on this website you can actually find the dots to all the tunes we’ve written that are on all of our album since our SeriousKitchen days. (This is by no means the total number of tunes that we’ve written though!) Since 2015 Vicki has been releasing a tune every Friday teaching the nyckelharpa. So following in this style she’s filmed all our tunes from Twelve Months & A Day (adding the Calle Svankvist tunes for good measure). Over Easter these videos are being released, one each day into a playlist that you can find on the Twelve Months & Day page. But just for good measure – here it is. Click here for the dots!
We think it would be a good idea to start a proper blog where we teach all our tunes – so watch this space. Maybe a project for the autumn, or for the next quiet patch (which never seems to happen!)
Anyway – enjoy these tunes!
Vicki & Jonny
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