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!
Ring Tone - mp3
Ring Tone - iPhone
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