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
We’ve just emerged blinking and squinting into the sunlight after spending the last three weeks recording. It’s been fun, but now we’re ready to come out and play again. (Jonny hasn’t quite finished yet, I’ve locked the door and won’t let him out until he’s done!) We’ve put together a little teaser track so you can hear what we’ve been up to. (ok, so we’ve been sneaky with what is on the teaser. This album isn’t going to be released for another nine months yet.) This album will have the first official outing for the Fnyka Ensemble, which is very exciting.
Then it’s a Burns night ceilidh, a quick trip to Sweden and back into our box again to finish anything that hasn’t quite been finished.
Happy New Year to you all. It’s been a whirl-wind December, from north to south, from the Medieval to the Victorian. We’ve carolled, played tunes and extolled the virtues of the extremely versatile new-fangled keyed-fiddle from the Northern climes in this year dated 1876.
So 2014 – what’s happening? Well. January is quiet. Mostly we’re recording a new top secret album that won’t see the light of day until next November. An album of music that we’ve become very, very well acquainted with over the last month! I’ve got audio to record for my books, an album to record ready for the celloharpa (really called an oktavharpa) and we’ve both got rather a lot of housework to do having been away from home for so long!
Our next gigs are at the end of January and the start of February. We have a last minute booking in South London at the Court Sessions Club on the 24th January – would be great to see you there! Then on the 1st February we’re at the Folk at the Riverside in Suffolk. Vicki is doing a Swedish Tune workshop. (The nyckelharpas will more than likely be there too if you fancy a go!)
Then we’re on tour for a week with seriouskitchen. We’ve got some really exciting dates all over the country. So for everyone in York, Coventry or Kettering book your tickets now! We’re really excited about all the dates, so come along!!
8th February – A night of music and song with Nick Hennessey at Haslingfield, Cambs
12.02.13 – The Whispering Road at Kettering Arts Centre
13.02.13 – The Whispering Road at The Albany Theatre, Coventry
16.02.14 – The Whispering Road at the Barley Hall, York
In the meantime – Happy New Year! We’ll see you next year!
Vicki & Jonny
P.S. We were caught on camera at Salford Quays:
It’s funny how quickly December comes round. We’re about to start the madness that is the Christmas season. We love it! You won’t find much of it on our gig list, but if you happen to spot a couple of characters around the country and think they might be familiar, you may well be right! This year we’ve got Medieval banquets, Victorian lunches, a shopping centre, a stately home, a Whispering Road (in Cardiff) and for those of you lucky enough to be close to to Baldock the chance to come and preview a new Winter Warmer show.
We’ll keep you updated from the road and upload a picture or two, but do come and say hello if you spot us in costume somewhere!
lots of love
Vicki & Jonny
We’re now back home again safe and sound. We didn’t didn’t blow away and the house seems to have escaped unscathed. Essex did seem to get quite a battering though. After Totnes and Corsham we headed across to Halsway Manor for Nyckelharpas at Halsway II. Twelve bright eyed and bushy tailed nyckelharpa players eagerly chomping at the bit. I had stashed four nyckelharpas ready and two more had been sent over for the workshop from Sweden. (Thank you Olle!) They survived the journey and I was really happy to be able to unite them with new owners.
I always find the sound of massed nyckelharpas amazing and we had a really good go at three of the orchestral pieces from ENCORE. The nyckelharpa is rapidly gaining popularity in this country and the weekend is going from strength to strength. The dates are booked already for 2014 and even 2015. I’ve made a little final tour video blog of some of the musical highlights of the second week. Enjoy!
Vicki & Jonny
Day 13 is upon us and it’s Halloween! Spooky stuff might happen in tonights gig, let’s hope it’s not forgotten words!
We started our travels this month in Wiltshire and popped in for coffee and lunch at Pound Arts in Corsham. It made perfect sense as we’re at The Acoustic Oak in Corsham tonight to come back for lunch again. I had the most exquisite brie and cranberry toastie, it didn’t touch the sides as it went down!
The Baring-Gould Festival in Okehampton was lovely. We didn’t get blown away in the storm, our host’s garden umbrella was still standing the following morning. We have had reports from home though that we have lost a fence panel. Could have been worse! I’m not sure who the gentleman in the photograph is, but he’s a full size statue standing proud on a wall. We couldn’t figure out who he was, but he’s very impressive looking. I had great fun playing with the festival orchestra. The nyckelharpa showed her amazing qualities yet again by managing to be heard above the orchestra, she really is an incredible instrument! We met lots of wonderful new friends and had a really great time.
Jonny shoes managed to finally give up the ghost and so once we got to Totnes we had to go shoe shopping. The old shoes were ceremoniously dumped in a bin outside Habertonford Church. Wednesday was also the broadcast of the European Nyckelharpa Orchestra radio programme. Although we couldn’t listen live we announced it from the stage, not that anyone in the audience could listen live either. We’ve since heard it and was fun to listen to Vicki’s piece being played again and the interview – although it was dubbed into German, so we can only really imagine what was said. (The usual ramble!)
The end of the tour is rapidly approaching, after Corsham we head off to the Nyckelharpas at Halsway weekend. There are six nyckelharpas stashed away in a secret cupboard. Two have been sent over by the amazing Olle Plahn. They’ve been waiting patiently for a week now at Halsway to be unwrapped and checked over. We are hoping that they’ve made it over here in one piece. <crossed fingers>.
Our final update will be soon. (Maybe I’ll get Jonny to write the last blog post of the tour!)
Vicki & Jonny