We’re on the road again. This weekend sees us in Devon slaying trolls with the awesome storyteller Nick Hennessey. We’re spending three days down south here, so do come along and be entertained with our epic Swedish tale. (Details on the gigs page). Then on Monday we’re up to Runcorn in Cheshire for a duo gig, Tuesday we’re off to Chester to celebrate international bagpipe day and Wednesday we’re up to Lytham St Anne’s, before finally heading home again.
Hope to see you at one of those places!
I can’t believe that it’s March already! We’ve had a quiet time post Christmas, catching up on all the emails, the sleep, learning new stuff. Jonny has just completed a book for Schott – no prizes for guessing – Scandinavian Tunes for Accordion. It’s been type set at the moment, so will be out sometime in the summer. I’m now busy with my next Schott book, more about that when the collection is finished! We’re in the middle of a little seriouskitchen tour at the moment, Dorset last weekend and Devon next weekend. So join us for some troll slaying!
We’ve been spending a lot of time thinking and developing this spring and we have our first outing for a new trio coming up in April. Together with John Dipper we are Purcell’s Polyphonic Party (that might become the name of the show and we take a different name, we’re at that stage at the moment!) The best way to find out about it is to visit our new website (still under construction) and listen to our soundcloud clip (of us rehearsing really!) This is all just a sneak behind the curtain, but it’s going to be very exciting when we finally get out on tour. To get a real live sneak preview come along to the Zesty Playford Dance in Coventry on Sunday 19th April to hear us!
Next up is a brand new Swedish themed Summer show – smörgåsballad. Best visit that website too to find out about it! This starts to tour in May and we’re busy brushing up our Swedish accents. We’ve got a photoshoot for the poster this evening!
Anyway – practise beckons! I’ll try not to leave it so long before writing the next update!
Vicki (& Jonny)
We’re now half way through all our Christmas work. It’s been a hectic time running around from Worcester to Salford to the Isle of Wight. In the middle we put out a mail shot and since then we’ve been running a well trodden path to the post box each day with our Christmas album. It’s been wonderful to finally be able to sell the album having recorded it 10 months ago! It’s now getting radio play and has been voted album of the month on two radio stations.
We have the first of our Victorian Winter Warmer Concerts on Monday and we’re really excited. Finally after nearly a month of performing the songs around the country at Christmas Fayres and other Heritage sites we’ll be performing our complete show to a sold-out audience in our own home village! The publicity photos that we’re using for the show were taken at the St Barnabas Church Hall – check out the stop motion video taken by our wonderful photographer Terry.
We’re taking the show to Skirwith in Cumbria and Bretforton near Worcester. So although our Essex show is sold out, you can still catch it elsewhere in the country. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until next year when we take to as many places as we can!
So it’s all systems go, we’re up and down the country, so if we don’t get chance to say it before then.
Happy Christmas everyone!
Vicki & Jonny
It’s been a good time here at Vicki&Jonny HQ. Lots of things are finally coming into fruition. Here’s a little list of the projects…..
|A Sound of Christmas Past – we worked on this in January/February and although we’ve been selling it since May, we are finally approaching it’s release date. We’re celebrating with some gigs around the country of our Christmas Winter Warmer. Not our usual set list, but a very Christmassy Music Hall evening. Check out our special Christmas website for more details of how to see us be Christmassy. Also check out the webpage for the album.|
|Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes – Vicki worked on this last February/March and it’s now available! It’s a book of duets and although it’s a fiddle book, the CD is recorded by Vicki on nyckelharpa and is perfect the nyckelharpa. It’s been written out in a very clear way with simple audio so that it’s perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about playing Scandinavian tunes no matter what level the player. Check out its webpage here on our website.|
|Scandinavian Folk Tunes for Flute – Vicki worked on this last March/April and this is now available! It’s a second edition to the fiddle book. Really it’s the same book, but perfectly arranged for the boehm system flute. The keys have been changed and altered so that it covers a large range of the instrument. No more adapting to cope with the bottom notes of the fiddle, this is the book that I wish I’d had when I was learning flute when I was younger. Check out its webpage here on our website.|
|Days ‘o Grace by Hector Gilchrist – Vicki and Jonny worked on this in July and it’s now available. This is an album of Hector singing the songs that he loves accompanied by us. It features the full range of instrumentation and lots of and lots of the newly added oktavharpa. (If you think you can hear a ‘cello – it’s not, it’s a nyckelharpa, you can hear an example on the wildgoose website, half way through this track) It was great fun and we’ll be playing for a launch event in January.|
|The Boy in the Clouds – Vicki worked on translating this during 2013 and it’s finally available. I had a lot of fun translating this wonderful children’s book. This book takes the reader in to a wonderful new fantasy world up in the clouds. Suitable for age 10 upwards it’ll make a superb Christmas present. You can buy it from the wetfootmusic publishing website.|
So as you can see we’ve had a really creative time this year, lots of things to add to the Christmas list. We’ve got some new projects lined up for next year with tours being set up. Watch this space – we’ll try to write something a bit more often!
Vicki & Jonny
We’ve just got back from a 9 day stint of recording at Wildgoose studio with Hector Gilchrist. It was hard work, but good fun. We brought out all the big guns, the car was packed to the gunnels. More nyckeharpa than you can shake sticks at and a really good workout for Otto the Oktavharpa. The weather was incredibly hot, so we were grateful for the stream at the bottom of the garden. Now we just sit back and wait to see what comes out at the end of the day.
We’ll let you all know with a teaser track as soon as we get some tracks back.
Vicki & Jonny
Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes
It’s been a long time in the making, we fought bird song, we fought houses being built, we fought old driveways being dug up, but the time is here. It’s time to pre-order Vicki’s new Scandinavian Fiddle tunes book. Of course it’s also very, very good for the nyckelharpa too…. Get your order in now so that we can make sure we get enough copies from Schott as soon as it’s back from the press!
We’re really excited about this book!
The book contains many of the standard favourite tunes in the current Scandi scene in the UK and many more. Freshly harmonised and set for either nyckelharpa or violin.
All 73 tunes are included on a CD recorded by Vicki on the nyckelharpa.
If you are in the UK:
If you are overseas:
On our old website we used to have a few ring tones that you could download and use on your mobile phones. So we decided it was time to bring them back again! So here they are. Download and enjoy!
Vicki & Jonny
Since we got back from our December work we’ve been beavering away on a new album. We can now reveal that it was indeed a Christmas album. It’s now arrived safe and sound and we can store it away ready for the autumn. Of course we’re going to sell it throughout the summer, so you can visit the ‘Sound of Christmas Past’ webpage and order your copy right now.
Just like Red House you can also buy a book of all the words and music. Our hope is that families will join in with our Christmas Festivities and sing along with the help of the book!
We’ll keep some copies out for anyone hard core enough to get their copy now!
Visit the Sound of Christmas Past webpage.
Vicki & Jonny
We’ve decided to run an experiment! We started the ball rolling on FaceBook this morning and it went a little bit like this.
So I duly shared it out to sixteen of my friends. You never know it might just work! If you’d like to join in the fun and listen to and share Twiddle On! I’ve included the spotify link for you.
Vicki & Jonny
We can’t believe it’s April already! The plan was to have a couple of small recording projects over the winter months and into spring. It’s not quite turned out that way. The new album went off to print this week and just like with Red House we’re having printed material to go with it, that also went off to print shortly after the CD. So we’re into the nail biting time of waiting to see if we’ve sent the hard copies off correctly. The official launch will be in the late autumn, but we’ll be selling it as soon as it arrives… if anyone is hardy enough to want a copy this early in the year.
Vicki has sent her 24 Swedish Tunes book off for a re-print, which is brilliant news. The second edition is updated to include articulations and will be sold with a CD. So the mp3 version will come out of the shop as soon as that is completed. Mastering is nearly finished and should be off to the printers this week. Book II in that series is well under way, but won’t be ready for a while yet. The planned launch will be September to coincide with the International Days of Nyckelharpa in Germany.
Vicki’s other major project is also coming to a finish. It’s been a long 24/7 session of creating another book and recording… more of that when the final drafts have been sent to print, we’ll just say that we’re really, really excited and honoured to be doing this book and give you a little hint.
Hope to see you at one of them. We’ll update again very soon!
Vicki & Jonny