Bagpipes and Beyond!

27th February 2016

International Bagpipe Day isn’t until March 10th, but this weekend it’s the Third International Bagpipe Conference, this year up n Glasgow. I’ve pre-recorded a video that I was all set to release on the 10th March, but because the conference is now I’ve decided to release it into the world early!

So here it is! Introducing the Vicki Swan Bagpipe Trio. 😀

If you’d like a copy of the dots go and visit my blogger page. You’ll find a bit more information on my bagpipes too. The great thing about releasing this tune early is that maybe people will record themselves playing it on March 10th itself! That would be amazing!
Vicki & Jonny

Chiltern Voice FM Live Interview Video

22nd February 2016

We were lucky enough to be interviewed on Chiltern Voice 87.9FM yesterday afternoon. The radio station was having a trial two week broadcast period and the wonderful George Papavgeris had his own folk show called Folk Like These. There’s no listen again facility for the show – but I snuck a little video camera into the studio and videoed our interview. I was so successful at sneaking it in that even we forgot it was there!
Vicki & Jonny

February News

4th February 2016

It’s February already! We have no idea where the time goes! We’re busy trying to finish all the little projects and get new tours booked up. The Smörgåsballad recording went well, but that is now put away until we finish Paper of Pins and that is in the wings ready as soon as we’ve finished some books. And so it goes. 🙂

But we’ve found some time to make a couple of videos. There’ll be more of these coming up in the next few months as we prepare for our visit to play for the Zorn Jury again. We found some really simple software to edit the movies together…

Then we found a lovely forest with a nice acoustic up in Cumbria so we (Vicki) decided we should do a quick “What is a kohorn” video. (It was a bit windy though).

Vicki & Jonny

January Blues

25th January 2016

We’ve been at home for a few weeks now, dusting off and packing away the Christmas set, we were delighted to be able to get out the Smörgåsballad set for a couple of gigs this month and try to banish the winter blues. We’ve also spent a few weeks recording the stories from Smörgåsballad ready to release a CD later on this year. But you’ll have to wait a little while – we have Paper of Pins to finish first!

We’re also busy with another book project for Schott (in addition to the three that we’ve already got out). It’s been a long haul on this project, but we’ll post up as soon as we have something in our hands to sell you all!

January is a a time of admin, so we’re busy putting together next December’s Christmas tour. We’ll have the fun Winter Warmer again and also a new show – more about that later on in the year! We’re also getting together another tour of Smörgåsballad. So get in touch if you’d like to see either show near you!

We’ve got a few gigs coming up whilst we’re recording and editing away, it would be lovely to see you.

29.01.16 – Royston Folk Club – support for Martin Carthy
06.02.16 – The Whispering Road** in Lytham Library – Lytham, Lancs
15.02.16 – Folk on Monday, Green Note, Camden
22.02.16 – Warwick Folk Club, Warwick

See you soon!
Vicki & Jonny

Christmas Touring

10th December 2015

We’re right in the middle of our Christmas Touring season now and it’s been great! We love putting on our shows in our own village hall and Tuesday was amazing! Thank you neighbours!

We had a great time on the Isle of Wight at the weekend, the Winter Warmer at Aspire was amazing. The rain held off at Osborne House, maybe one day we’ll get to see more of the property.

We’ve still got plenty of dates left for you to come along and join in the Christmas Cheer. So far our biggest problem has only been to try to fit our backdrop into small venues, we’ll post some video soon!
Vicki & Jonny

11.12.15 – Redwick Village Hall, South Wales
12.12.15 – Silverstreet Sessions, Wiveliscombe, Somerset
13.12.15 – Kettering Arts Centre, (matinee)
14.12.15 – Colchester Folk Club, Colchester, Essex
16.12.15 – Haverfolk, Romford, LB of Havering
17.12.15 – Wherwell Village Hall, Wherwell, Hants
18.12.15 – Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
19.12.15 – Brenzett Village Hall, Brenzett, Romney Marsh, Kent
20.12.15 – Forty Hall Estate, Enfield, North London , (matinee)
21.12.15 – Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea
22.12.15 – Ringwood Folk Club, Ringwood, Southampton

Christmas Box Set Deals

In preparation for Christmas we’ve set up a Box Set Special Deal Page! So if you’re looking for some Christmas presents go and visit the shop!


Our preparations are well under way for the Christmas Tour. The first date is only two weeks away! Visit the Christmas Tour website!

Vicki & Jonny

Paper of Pins – We’re in the Studio!

We’ve finally found time to get into the studio to record a new album. It’ll be out next spring, so definitely not ready in time for Christmas. We’ve been having fun though. So here are the first two video blogs. The first is from rehearsals last week and the second is from the recording this week. Video blog two is all about the music that Jonny wrote for two good friends who got married last year. Enjoy!
Vicki & Jonny

Scandinavian Tune Books

And then there were three:

The Scandinavian tune books are now available for Fiddle, Flute and Accordion. All published by Schott Music Publishing they contain not only the dots but a CD of all the music. You’ll also find a web link inside the book to extra materials from the Schott website.

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UK sales:
Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes - UK payment option
Price(GBP): £15.00
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Scandinavian Folk Tunes for Flute - UK payment option
Price(GBP): £15.00
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Scandinavian Folk Tunes for Accordion - UK Payment Option
Price(GBP): £13.99
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Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes - overseas payment option
Price(GBP): £15.00
Scandinavian Folk Tunes for Flute - overseas payment option
Price(GBP): £15.00
Scandinavian Folk Tunes for Accordion - Overseas Payment Option
Price(GBP): £13.99

Hello Autumn

The summer has finally departed. At least in terms of gigs anyway. We spent a lot of time driving crazy journeys to different castles around the country in our alter egos. Battle, Tynemouth, Harlech, Pendennis, Old Sarum – the car racked up quite a lot of miles last month!

Then we had the amazing ‘Harpas at Halsway Nyckelharpa Festival.ShoalofHarpas A  record breaking 42 nyckelharpa players all came to my teaching weekend. I was quite moved. It’s been a long journey from when I first took up the instrument to this moments weekend. It was awesome!

So now we’re back to normal for a little while, today has been doing some house maintenance before the winter sets in. Pretty much our only free day for a few months.

We have Smörgåsballad in Ely on Wednesday, standard folk duo in Bromley Cross on Friday and a festival in Douglas in Scotland on Saturday. Then it’s Tenkterden Folk Festival, I’m back in Germany tutoring and so it goes on…. all the while we’re preparing for our new album. We’re back off into the studio at WildGoose to record in November. Jonny has been creating some amazing guide tracks to work with so watch this space!

16.09.15 – Ely Folk Club, Ely, Cambs – (Smörgåsballad)
18.09.15 – Bromley Cross Folk Club, Edgworth, Bolton
19.09.15 – Douglasdale Gaitherin, Douglas, Scotland
25.09.15 – Court Sessions, London (SW18)
02 – 04.10.15 – Tenterden Folk Festival, Tenterden, Kent

Hope to see you somewhere on the road!
Vicki & Jonny

Zorn translated

We’ve had a few comments about the google translation of our interview with the people from Zorn (mostly about the gender bits and Jonny riding his horn). So I’ve translated it here for you….

Victoria and Jonathan Dyer are full-time freelance musicians who play a lot at medieval events in different castles over the whole of England and also a little in Wales and Scotland. But it is folk music that is closest to their hearts.

At home in England Victoria plays a lot on her chromatic nyckelharpa, both English and Swedish music and she organises course on the nyckelharpa with invited tutors. In addition she plays different sorts of bagpipes, both Swedish and English and also the Scottish small pipes. None of the them are as loud as the Great Highland Bagpipe – which is more widely known by the general public, but work extremely well played along side other instruments.

Jonathan alternates between guitar, mandola, accordion, singing and piano and got a cowhorn a couple of years ago, that he has now played for the Zorn jury and received the diplom.

– It’s such an awesome sound that the cowhorn gives, says Jonathan, who in the past has played the trumpet.

With roots in Jönköping and a sister in Stockholm there are many reasons for Victoria to come to Sweden, but these have to be planned in advance to fit in with her and Jonathans playing back at home. This year they have chosen to go to the beautiful Korrö, where, parallel with the Korrö Folk Festival, performers are playing for the Zorn badge. Victoria’s performance gained her the bronze badge on her Swedish säckpipa. [bagpipes].

The awards are given out on Saturday and we will be able to hear the new riksspelmän from this week. In addition the recipients of the gold award will be revealed.

Anders Ewaldz

Whilst we were in Sweden we went to Jönköping to see family and went to the village of Taberg where Vicki played a couple of tunes at the places that they’re about – Gruvan and Toppen. Here is the video. I promised to put it on the website for the lovely couple that we keep meeting on the mountain as we were playing and videoing the tunes. (We recorded four tunes, but only two were worth putting up).

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