Sleep Deprivation – Digital Release

Sleep Deprivation – digital release!

We’re very happy to say that the album has now been released on digital media. So if CDs aren’t your thing, but spotify or even youtube are – you can now listen on digital media.

There is one quite large caveat though – this album is designed as one long track, a concept album if you like. There are track marks, so you can start from  the different tracks. But if you listen on digital media it’s possible that there will be gaps put in-between the tracks and this might make it sound a bit weird. So yes, you can listen on digital, we still think that CD is better.

Now that the album is out in digital format we’ve investigated a couple of them and it seems like Spotify is ok, but Youtube isn’t. So choose your media well! (If you find out that iTunes, Google or Amazon are ok, then drop us a line and let us know!) What’s most important to us though – is that our music is listened to, however you choose to listen!

Vicki & Jonny

February News

February is well underway now and we have gigs and a new album! We were very busy in January and created a couple of videos show casing a couple of tracks from the album. They were a lot of fun to make. Watch them below! Check out our dedicated Sleep Deprivation web page!

We have quite a busy month this month with a little tour to The Netherlands at the end, we’re really looking forward to that! So we hope to see you somewhere soon!

Vicki & Jonny

06.02.20 – Brewood Acoustic Music Club, Brewood, Staffordshire
08.02.20 – House Concert, North Broomhill near Morpeth, Northumberland
08.02.20 – Beginners Nyckelharpa Workshop, North Broomhill near Morpeth
09.02.20 – Nyckelharpa Workshop, North Broomhill near Morpeth
12.02.20 – Carpenters Arms, Miserden, Stroud
13.02.20 – Lyceum Folk Club, Newport South Wales
27.02.20 – AaltenWestendorp (Netherlands)
29.02.20 – Folk at Home, Tilburg (Netherlands)

Sleep Deprivation is on its way!

Hello all!
Sleep Deprivation is on its way! Pre-orders are open!

We had a wild idea that we’d like to record an album of dance music that we could sell at ceilidhs and so the idea of this contra dance music album was born. We had a few ideas that we wanted to put into place.

All gigging musicians will be familiar with the long drive home after a gig, those hours driving through the darkness, avoiding the closed roads, stopping at service stations to buy coffee to stay awake. This album is for all of us trying to stay awake on this same road – Sleep Deprivation.
Vicki & Jonny

Pre-Orders are open!

Happy New Year!

We ended the year with a really fun contradance and although we didn’t manage to get the album sent off and back in time to start selling it at the dance, it has as of yesterday been sent off for replication, so we’re hopeful that it’s going to get back to us before any shenanigans around the 31st January. We will post as soon as it comes back, but we’re very excited about it!

The next bit of excitement was to find out that Vicki has been nominated by Fatea in their Annual Awards Show in the Instrumentalist of the Year category. Totally unexpected and as you can imagine we are totally over the moon to get nominated, so whoever wins on the 10th January, it doesn’t matter – we love that we’ve been nominated!!

We have a quiet couple of weeks – but it is shaping up to be a really busy year ahead including quite a few trips onto the continent – (as you can imagine we are crossing our fingers and having quite a large panic about future red tape.)

So watch this space for news to come!
Vicki & Jonny


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Last week of the Christmas Tour

We’re nearing the end of our Christmas gigs now – only five events left between now and next year!
We have some lovely medieval work and then our end of tour Christmas gig back in our own village hall. We are sold out for that, so if you’re not on the list I’m afraid we don’t even have space for walk up. Then a wedding and the New Years Eve contra dance.

We had hoped to get the album we’re been recording out for the dance, but touring and Jonny’s voice got in the way of a very tight deadline on that. But we can say that the artwork is 99% done and we’re onto the final mix before it gets sent off. So it looks like it will be back end of January or early February – but you never can tell with these things!

Of course we are going to release it as soon as it’s ready to sell – but there are plans afoot to tie in an official launch around World Nyckelharpa Day, which is Sunday 26th April this year. More on that later though!

Anyway – it’s been an amazing December so far and we hope you all have a great Christmas! We’re already talking in gigs for next December, so if you’d like us to come t0 your club or village hall, get in touch!
Vicki & Jonny

Christmas Tour – week 2

Our Christmas tour is well under way! We’ve been to Worcester, Isle of Wight, Beverley, Rugby and are currently driving up the motorway to Preston. We’ve got plenty of dates left this December if you’d like to come and see us! We’re still going north and south, so do come along!

04.12.19 – The Willows Folk Club, Preston
06.12.19 – Folk at the Grove, Leeds
08.12.19 – House Concert,  Lancaster
11.12.19 – The Harrison, Kings Cross, London
13.12.19 – Grayshott Folk Club, Hindhead, Surrey
16.12.19 – Mansfield Folk Club, Mansfield
17.12.19 – Brick Kiln Garden Centre, Chichester, West Sussex at 12pm
19.12.19  – Concert in the Barn, Baston, Lincolnshire
23.12.19 – St Barnabas Church Hall, Cressing Tye Green, Braintree, Essex (sold out)

Vicki & Jonny

New Album Already??

We find ourselves at home with roughly three weeks. So we’ve set ourselves a challenge… Can we make a brand new album and have it out for launch at the New Years Eve contra dance that we’re playing at? Realistically – no we can’t! But maybe, just maybe if we really put our backs into it we can do it! (Or at least be very, very close).

If you’d like to see some sneak videos of it you’ll have to pop over to Vicki’s Nyckelharpa Teaching blog where we suspect she might be leaking some tunes onto the web!
Vicki & Jonny


Second Degree Finger Burn

Back at the start of July Jonny burnt his finger whilst cooking, luckily it was the back of his finger, which meant that even with a very large bandage on it we were still able to do our gigs. (Swapping out the accordion for piano for the first gig on day 6).
I (Vicki) spent a lot of time looking for images of healing burns at this time to try to figure out a time scale of healing. I found one very helpful picture and thought I should create a similar image to help other people going through what we were going through. So finally a few months later here is the image. It’s quite graphic, so if you are squeamish don’t click the thumbnail. If you’re looking for a timeline of healing though – do click to enlarge and see exactly what happened from dressing change to dressing change. I hope it helps other people looking for information!
Vicki & Jonny

Busy Autumn!

As summer has made way for autumn, it seems as if we are just as busy. Some of what we do doesn’t end up on our gig list, so sometimes we’re rushed off our feet even if the gig list looks empty!

12.10.19 – Lewes Saturday Folk Club workshop – Early Dance for Folk Musicians
12.10.19 – Lewes Saturday Folk Club evening performance
13.10.19 – Lewes Saturday Folk Club workshop – Nyckelharpa/Scandi Music Workshop

We’re really looking forward to Lewes this weekend where we’re doing a couple days of workshops. You’ll find us looking at dance on the Saturday, a bit of Arbeau, Susato, Praetorius, Playford and Contra. You’re also likely to experience some of Vicki’s fabled Nyckelrhythmics! On the Sunday it’s Scandi/Nyckelharpa. There will be nyckelharpas to try, but it’s not a have a go beginners day, the music will be more challenging than that. You’ll get to meet the sienaharpa, moraharpa, kontrabasharpa and silverbasharpa to give you a real insight in the history of the nyckelharpa!

18.10.19 – The Ram Club, Thames Ditton, Surrey
19.10.19 – Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire
19.11.19 – Bradninch Folk Club, Bradninch, Devon
22-24.11.19 – Dance Weekend as PPP
26.11.19 – Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex

Then later, we’re at the Club is Surrey, Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire and Bradninch in Devon! We round of November with a dance weekend with PPP and the Hoy at Anchor back home in Essex.

Then it’s Christmas! More about our Christmas tour next month!
Hope to see you somewhere on the road!
Vicki & Jonny

First Carnyx Gig!

Our album is all about the weird and wonderful things we do all the year round and we’ve got two wonderfully different events coming up soon!

Jonny has his first public carnyx performance opening a Fashion and Film show in London. Rehearsals are going well! It has included Jonny making a whole new shaft for the instrument (that we affectionately call Dragonpiggy)

Vicki is performing alongside the wonderful Clare Salaman at the Camden Arts Centre for a project called Exercises in Displacement. It’ll be exciting! It’s not been written yet – so we can’t share any more than – it’s happening!

Vicki & Jonny

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