Author Archives: Vicki Swan

Advanced Nyckelharpas at Halsway 2019

Hello! The week went by in a complete flash! It makes me wonder how we fit everything in to a weekend event when the weeks go by so fast. This year we built upon the nyckelrhythmics, this is building up … Continue reading

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Beginners/Intermediate Weekend March 2019

Hello! Another amazing weekend! 22 of us, including participants from Belgium and a tutor from Canada. Lots of new people taking up the nyckelharpa. I decided to run my nyckelrhythmics, develop the cups and bring back into play a harpafour. … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas! – Christmas Tune PDF

Hello! I’m typing this from the road. It’s been a long excellent month and three gigs left to go before we get to take a break for a couple of days. We found ourselves in the very pretty grotto at … Continue reading

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Badges!!

Hello! We have badges. Much like I decided I really wanted wristbands at Halsway I got it into my head that I really wanted to make badges. I also knew that I wanted a nyckelharpa design, but I’m quite rubbish … Continue reading

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Tutors Revealed for Harpas at Halsway September 2019

Hello all! It is now my great pleasure to announce the tutors for September 2019! As we all know (or if you didn’t, then you do now!) the nyckelharpa is ultimately descended from the mighty kontrabasharpa. This year I can … Continue reading

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2019 here we come!

Hello! It’s been an awesome 2018 for the nyckelharpa. Lots of lovely new players. So I’m now ramping up to start all over again in 2019! We kick off the year in January with a complete beginners day at Benslow … Continue reading

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Harpas at Halsway Nyckelharpa Festival 2018

Hello! We’ve just come back from another amazing weekend at Halsway Manor. Another 45 nyckelharpa players. We had the amazing Torbjörn Näsbom and Josefina  Paulsson tutoring this year and they gave a formidable concert on the Saturday night. But it … Continue reading

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The Year of the Scaffolding

Hello! I’ve just come home from an amazing week at Halsway Manor. This is the 11th course that I’ve run at this amazing place and every time I come I fall more and more in love with it. The idea … Continue reading

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Advanced Nyckelharpa Course at Halsway

Hello! In three days time I will be at Halsway Manor again, this time teaching a more advanced nyckelharpa course. This week is adding the third stage of nyckelharpa tuition – the advanced people. I’ve tried to make this a real … Continue reading

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GDPR

Hello! There’s been a lot of talk about GDPR recently and everyone making sure they’re compliant. So I decided it was time to do something a little more official with my mailing list! So far I’ve only used a little … Continue reading

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#tunefriday and Youtube

Hello all! For more than two years now I’ve been building up a bank of teaching videos, loose grouped together with hashtag – #tunefriday. They all uploaded to my Nyckelharpa youtube channel and then teaching pages made at my Nyckelharpa … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Hello! Happy New Year to all ‘harpa players everywhere! The countdown is set to the first Halsway course of the year. The original plan was only to have one class in March – but just like last year the signups … Continue reading

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A Nyckelharpa Christmas Playlist

Hello! It’s December and I’m out on the road for most of the month. But I did manage to get the camera out and record some videos for my #tunefridays. Each tune this month has a nice little video, so … Continue reading

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Another Amazing Weekend!

Hello! What a weekend! We did it again, we filled Halsway Manor with nyckelharpas! 45 of us split into four groups. I’d like to thank everyone for coming and look forward to another great year next year. Talking of next … Continue reading

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Three Weeks Until Harpas at Halsway

Hello! It’s three weeks until the extravaganza that is the September weekend at Halsway Manor. There is still a lot to be done! We’ve unfortunately had a couple of people pull out through illness.  So there is now one place … Continue reading

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