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

Elegy for Double Bass

We decided that we wanted to film a version of the original Elegy – which was written for double bass and piano. So that’s exactly what we did and here it is. If you’re a bass and want to play it you can buy the dots and a minus one mp3 of the piano, then click the button!

Vicki & Jonny

Happy Summer!

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.

What happens after that you’ll have to keep an eye on our social media! Instagram and FaceBook are the two places to keep an eye on!
Vicki & Jonny

Gower Folk Festival

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!

Hamburska efter Pehr Ericsson

Näckens Midsommar Polska

Cadrill Kozaken

Vicki & Jonny


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Happy Easter and Tune Learning Videos

Hello Everyone!
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

Twelve Months & A Day – iTunes

We are really please to announce that Twelve Months & A Day has now hit all good digital media! So if you are an iTunes person or a Spotify person you can listen to us in your preferred format!

We’re very excited about the album, so watch the video sleeve notes and then listen to the album in full!

Twelve Months & A Day

Dear All!
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:

Track Listing
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
9. Elegy
10. Palastinalied / Ai Vis Lo Lop
11. Folk Club Song
12. Polska efter Calle Svankvist / That Mallet Moment / Pink and the Cradle