Author Archives: Vicki Swan

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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Five Weeks Until ‘Harpas at Halsway 2016

Hello! It’s starting to get close and here at the NH hive things are hotting up. The ensemble has been left rather to the last minute and we’re off to Sidmouth tomorrow, so I’m frantically trying to orchestrate some of … Continue reading

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The Story of Hårgalåten

Hello! We’ve finally got our hands on the video of the story of Hårgalåten performed at Burg Fürsteneck last October with Magnus. Who knows what will happen at Halsway in September! A few other tunes were performed both in 2015 … Continue reading

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Another Wonderful Weekend at Halsway Manor

Hello! That was another amazing weekend with a group of amazing people! I had such fun teaching more canons, a team-event piece, making another harpa wheel, making new friends from as far apart as Germany, Belgium and Uruguay.  As always … Continue reading

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Dates for 2017

Hello! It’s been a busy week sorting out dates for 2017 for the residential weekend and subject to crossing the t-s and dotting the i-s we’ve got some pencilled in dates! The beginners weekend has shuffled back into March: 10th – … Continue reading

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Nyckelhats are go!

Hello! I admit it, I’m a bit of a crochet-aholic. Maybe not so much in recent times, but I have crocheted a lot. Hats, gloves, scarves, jumpers, jackets even a teddy (although a very scary looking one!) I bought my … Continue reading

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

Hello! Happy St Patrick’s Day! We’ve got a new addition to the harpa family. Technically it is a nyckelharpa, but he’s a special little thing and only to be used for Scottish and Irish stuff, so he’s called a button-fiddle. … Continue reading

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Fixing Sticky Keys

Hello! When you get a new nyckelharpa it’s really common to get sticky keys. So it’s a really good thing to be able to take it apart and scrape the sides and apply graphite. Most people are a bit too … Continue reading

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Next Workshop – Sunday 17th July

Hello! I just filled up the workshop on 3rd April – so I’ve posted up a new date: Sunday 17th July. Currently all four spaces are available, so get in touch if you’d like to have a go on the … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Hello! Happy New Year to everyone! We had a wonderful December over here, over there, pretty much over everywhere with our Christmas show! We piled into the New Year with a ceilidh, one day all ceilidh bands will be led … Continue reading

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Next Workshop – Sunday 3rd April

Hello! The January workshop is now filled, so I’ve put a new date in the diary. One space is already filled, so there are now three spaces left. Sunday 3rd April. Four spaces (Three left as of today)  with instruments to … Continue reading

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New Workshop – 17th January 2016

Hello! It’s time to announce the next beginners workshop day here in north Essex: Sunday 17th January. Four spaces available with instruments to use, £40 including a light lunch. The day starts at 11:00 finishes at 16:00.  Coffee at 10:30. … Continue reading

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Recording Studio

Hello! I’ve been a bit quiet for a little while in here as I’ve been in the studio. It’s been a lot of fun, but has taken up quite a lot of time. (unsurprisingly!) For the two weeks we’ve been working … Continue reading

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International Days of Nyckelharpa

The 12th International Days of the Nyckelharpa at Burg Fürsteneck Wow! What a weekend. It was such fun. Around 80 nyckelharpa players all crammed into a lovely medieval castle.  I feel very honoured to have been asked back to tutor for … Continue reading

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Off To Germany

Hello! I’ve recovered from the awesome weekend that was ‘Harpas at Halsway – Nyckelharpa Festival. I’ve made lots of plans for next year. I thoroughly debriefed myself and have made plenty of notes from all the feedback I got. Spaces … Continue reading

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