24 - 27 May 2024
24 - 27
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer will be playing for a variety of American, mixed programme, and English folk dance events as well as a concert.Vicki and Jonny are two of the most versatile musicians of the folk circuit today, a on stage - and now also online. The duo are recognised for the extraordinary quality of their concerts; from their charismatic singing and playing to their winning presence and easy rapport. Their polished performances are full of respect for the tradition whilst being engaging and lively with informed backstories and obvious knowledge. The whole package. With a wide range of experience from Playford and social dance to ceilidh and contra Vicki & Jonny have a unique sound, combining the beauty and style of the baroque era with raw foot tapping dance energy. You can be assured that a dance evening has plenty of variety. Even the pandemic couldn't stop them playing for dances where they toured the world in Zoom. Vicki Swan - nyckelharpa and flute Vicki studied at the Royal College of Music on the double bass. She also plays the various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, piano and nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed-fiddle). On leaving music college Vicki started down the long path of folk music and was only seen on rare glimpses back in classical orchestras. Vicki is responsible for World Nyckelharpa day and runs workshops and teaches the nyckelharpa around the UK. Jonny Dyer - piano, bouzouki Jonny is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, writer and arranger. Classically trained as a pianist and trumpet player, he now specialises in traditional music from the British Isles and Scandinavia; primarily on harpsichord, accordion, guitar and cowhorn. By default, Jonny is probably England's leading exponent of the Swedish Kohorn (cowhorn) and was just as surprised as you probably are to find out that forests have the most wonderful echoey acoustic to play the cowhorn in!