Author Archives: Vicki Swan

Glad Midsommar!

Happy Midsummer everyone! It’s all hands on deck over here! Halsway is fast approaching as ever there is a lot to do! I’ve been busy making some alterations to the website. My #tunefriday has been running for 18 months now, … Continue reading

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Lewes Saturday Folk CLub

Hello! I’ve just put together the final details for a workshop down in Lewes. It’s a mixed sort of workshop, but very led on the nyckelharpa with nyckelharpa players in mind. The workshop is looking like this at the moment. … Continue reading

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Halsway September 2017

Hello! The bookings for September 2017 actually opened back in September 2016, but we’re now at the stage where – if you’re thinking of coming, now is the time to book! The rooms are going fast! I’d really like to … Continue reading

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Next workshop – Sunday 30th April

Hello! The next workshop date is up. 🙂 Sunday 30th April. One space has already gone. So book up now to secure yours. Details can be found on the workshop page. 🙂 Vicki

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10 Year Harpaversary

Hello! Exactly 10 years ago something happened that pretty much changed my life. I flew to Sweden to pick up my first nyckelharpa. I still have that instrument. He gets used in workshops and also as the second instrument when … Continue reading

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What a Weekend!

Hello! It was another fabulous weekend. 22 students, 2 tutors. It’s always so good to get together with other nyckelharpa players. This year we were sharing with melodeon makers and they added a certain free-reedy-ness about the evenings. I ran … Continue reading

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Nyckelharpa weekend madness here we come

Hello! It’s finally here! The March weekend at Halsway Manor. We’re totally full – 22 places. Which isn’t bad as I was aiming for 12. I’m about to sign off before we leave tomorrow. I need to run the harpa … Continue reading

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Under Five Weeks Until Halsway!

Hello! The wheel of the year turns very, very quickly! It’s less than five weeks until we fill Halsway Manor with nyckelharpas again. Smaller than the September weekend, but definitely bigger than last April! I’m still busy prepping and don’t … Continue reading

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Beginners Day Workshop: Sunday 5th March 2017

Hello! Happy New Year! After the excitement of Holby City last week it’s back to business as usual. The workshop day on the 5th March filled up in record time, so a second day has been put in the workshop. … Continue reading

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The Nyckelharpa on Holby City

Hello! It’s been a very exciting week here! The nyckelharpa has hit prime time BBC1. It may have only been a passing soap opera appearance, but there it most definitely was! In the grand scheme of being an extra on … Continue reading

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Fikavalsen

Hello! We may have mentioned that we (Jonny and myself) undertook a secret mission at the end of September. The fruits of our labour can only really be revealed at the start of January – (unless you happened to be … Continue reading

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Workshops and the Näcken

Hello! It was great to meet another four people wanting to try the nyckelharpa this weekend. I had a lot of fun and I’m pretty sure that there is a budding harpa player just waiting to get her hands on … Continue reading

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We’re off to the Netherlands!

Hello! We had the most amazing summer! Things are calming down now, but we’re off to The Netherlands for the weekend next weekend, so a little plug for seeing the nyckelharpa in The Netherlands. If you’d like a lesson or … Continue reading

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Beginners Workshop: 30th October

Hello! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks full of admin, but it was time to get a new beginners day in the diary, so: Sunday 30th October in Braintree. Visit the workshop page to see details and get yourself … Continue reading

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What a Weekend!

Hello! Wow! That’s all I can say. We had an amazing weekend at Halsway Manor last weekend. I’ve been away in Sweden since the course finished, but am now back and really take time to appreciate how wonderful the weekend was. … Continue reading

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