The Cow Horn in IKEA Coventry

6th March 2016

JCHHello!

We took a little trip to IKEA this week to see what the cow horn would sound like down in the warehouse. It turns out that it sounds awesome! We were allowed into the store before it opened and dodging the forklift trucks as they restocked the shelves we took this video.

Enjoy!
:))
Vicki & Jonny
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Bagpipes and Beyond!

27th February 2016

Hello!
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
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Chiltern Voice FM Live Interview Video

22nd February 2016

Hello!
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!
Enjoy!
🙂
Vicki & Jonny
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February News

4th February 2016

Hello!
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
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January Blues

25th January 2016

SB-moretonHello!
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
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Christmas Touring

10th December 2015

SBWWHello!
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
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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

Hello!
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!

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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
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Paper of Pins – We’re in the Studio!

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

Hello Autumn

medievalHello!
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

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