Smörgåsballad hits the road!
We had a wonderful evening at Haverfolk on Wednesday night. It changed from a half hour showcase spot to an almost complete outing for the show! We were really happy with it and everything went to plan. You’ll have to wait until Monday to see the full show set, but here’s a picture from the night and also a review! You’ll have to come to the show to find out what we’re pointing at and why there is a little table of shots!
Review from Haverfolk:
“Television is dominated by Scandinavian crime dramas but few have been as bleak and gripping as some of the songs and tales we heard at HaverFolk when the club’s old friends Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer dropped in. They came to give us a sneak preview of Smorgasballad, their new show which sprang from Vicki’s Swedish roots (her mother comes from that lovely country). We’ve often seen Vicki playing her nyckelharpa, the wonderful keyed violin from her homeland, but Smorgasballad offers a splendid introduction to Swedish culture with drinking songs, Maypole dancing, drinking songs, Midsummer celebrations, drinking songs, crayfish parties – did I mention the drinking songs? – and some folk tales.
And this is where the hint of Nordic noir creeps in with the chilling stories of Easter Witches, a Swedish version of the Pied Piper and feuding magicians. Plus a murder ballad that might be considered too grim even for an episode of Wallander. This was Vicki’s debut as a storyteller and she certainly has a talent for it. As for the music, it was of course of the high standard we have come to expect from this talented duo. They are taking Smorgasballad on tour and it can be seen in Essex at the Duton Hill Folk Club on May 21 and the Hoy at Anchor on June 2.”
You can catch Smörgåsballad at the following places over the next few weeks:
18.05.15 – Croydon Folk Club, Croydon – (Smörgåsballad)
19.05.15 – Great Knight Folk Club, Northampton – (Smörgåsballad)
21.05.15 – Duton Hill Folk Club, Duton Hill – (Smörgåsballad)
22 – 23.05.15 – Chippenham Folk Festival, Chippenham, Wiltshire
29.05.15 – Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk – (Smörgåsballad)
02.06.15 – Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, Leigh on Sea, Essex- (Smörgåsballad)
05.06.15 – Milkmaid Folk Club, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk – (Smörgåsballad)
Vicki & Jonny