Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival 17th-19th September 21

Friday 17 Sep 4pm — Sunday 19 Sep 4pm, 2021

2020 and the start of 2021 was a bad year for nyckelharpa courses at Halsway Manor. Finally it looks like we’re going to have a course! So welcome back to Halsway Manor!

We have decided to restart the Nyckelharpa Festival with a bang – so covid permitting we are really proud to be able to announce the tutor team for September.

Vicki Swan • Olov Johansson • Ruth Morris

Olov Johansson is regarded by many as Sweden’s greatest craftsman on the nyckelharpa. With his brilliant solo playing and as a member of the group Väsen, he has been largely responsible for bringing the Nyckelharpa out into the international world of music.
Olov grew up in Tärnsjö in northern Uppland in Sweden and began to play the nyckelharpa at age 14. He studied with Curt Tallroth and Eric Sahlström, prominent nyckelharpa players from the same province.
Since 1989, Olov has worked exclusively as a musician and composer, principally with Väsen, Scottish harpist Catriona McKay, Maskin, Organist/pianist Anders Bromander and Percussionist/Drummer André Ferrari. He has also collaborated with: the Kronos Quartet, Snarky Puppy, Mike Marshall & Darol Anger, Dervish and many more.
Olov works actively to pass on his musical heritage, and has become a role model for many young nyckelharpa players. He gives instruction at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Olov has received many awards and scholarships for his achievements as a musician. For example, in 1990 he was chosen as World’s Master of both the modern and older type of nyckelharpa. In  2013 he was rewarded with the Zorn medal in gold.

Ruth Morris
Ruth is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, specialising in nyckelharpa, fiddle, whistle and piano. Based in Scotland, she currently plays with Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Project, Bellevue Rendezvous, The Galloway Agreement string quintet, and The Firelight Trio (with Phil Alexander). Most recent work includes being an on-set musician on HBO series ‘Outlander’, and playing nyckelharpa on the soundtrack of the Netflix film ‘Outlaw King’. She will be focusing on Scottish tunes on the nyckelharpa for this workshop at Halsway.

Vicki Swan
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.  On leaving music college Vicki started down the long path of folk music and was only seen on rare glimpses back in classical orchestras. You’ll find Vicki now inhabiting the troll ridden forests on the hunt for new and exciting tunes from the näcken. Vicki plays not only the standard 3-row modern chromatic, but also the 1408 sienaharpa, the 1526 moraharpa, the 1700s kontrabasharpa and the 1800s silverbasharpa. Over the pandemic Vicki has worked tirelessly on a Virtual Music Room to try to help isolated nyckelharpa players remain motivated and focussed on playing and learning. Chances are after all this time alone at home she won’t stop talking at the Halsway weekend! Seeing as this is Vicki’s website we don’t really need a link, but here is one to Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer: