Friday, 27 March 2020

Ormistons' Part 1

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One of the very first tunes I wrote for wooden flute today. It's a really long tune and it comes in two parts, so today is part 1. It's a jig with 6 parts, but it's not that tricky. It's called Ormistons' because that was the maker of the flute that I played at that time, so the flute gave me the tune.
Enjoy!
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Vicki
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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Hennessey's Gathering

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Today we have a tune on the silver Boehm system flute. It was written by Jonny Dyer many many years ago! It cracks along at quite a pace! It was on an early album, on the mash which we recorded over the millennium in the Old Vic Studio in Bristol - where they recorded The Archers.
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Vicki
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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

To Catch a Cat

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We're going back to the beginning! Right back to the early albums. We released Tune Twidding back in 2002 and it's not available for sale anymore, but we released a digital download version of Thumb Twiddling and on the mash and called it Twiddle On. So you can still get some of the tracks and this is one of them!

This is one of Vicki's tunes today. To Catch a Cat. It's a jig I wrote many years ago when I was trying to catch a cat that was coming into the house. A big black cat - I never did catch it, but I did get a great jig out of it! Dots are below and also a link to our recording of this on spotify.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki
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Thursday, 9 January 2020

The Quantox Reel

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This tune was written as a marching tune for teaching weekends at Halsway Manor, but it was too hard for the beginners, so I ended up writing The Halsway Parade instead. But I still love this tune! So here it is for you. We decided that the pairing should go on Paper of Pins, so it did!
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Enjoy!
Vicki
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Friday, 3 January 2020

The Halsway Parade

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It's a brand new year and time to get these teaching videos up! Rather than try to do them all with a nice snazzy background I've decided that if the tune has been taught on my Nyckelharpa Effect Blog, then it's coming over here. Better to get the tunes up and out into the wild!

So here is The Halsway Parade. A tune I wrote for all the participants at the Nyckelharpa weekend at Halsway Manor to process to. It can be hard to find a tune that everyone knows that is easy enough for beginners to learn quickly, so it's my intention to teach this tune to everyone!
Enjoy!
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Vicki
 
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Friday, 16 August 2019

Elegy - for Double Bass

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We decided that we wanted to film a version of the original Elegy - which was written for double bass and piano. On Twelve Months & a Day it was recorded on cello-pitched nyckelharpa, but it was actually written in this key for double bass. So we recorded and filmed it and here it is.
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Vicki & Jonny
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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Piggelunkschottisen

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This tune is from our album Paper of Pins. A really groovy schottis. Piggelunk is a dialect word from Jönköping meaning hedgehog, or so I've read on the internet. I suspect however that Pigge Lunk was a cartoon character created by Gösta Knutsson in the 1950s. I'm still trying to find out! But it's a jolly little tune anyway! Enjoy!
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Vicki (& Jonny)


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