Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer recently changed jobs and moved into Cyber. They have worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic performing all over the world giving concerts and dances. The car might only have had a couple of hundred miles put on the clock – but their internet mileage is massive. The only part of the house not being used for their virtual existence is the cupboard under the stairs where they huddle of an evening after the long walk back home from either Studio 1 or Studio 2.

Their prior years of experience on the Playford, Contra and Ceilidh scenes has stood them in good stead for their transition to virtually playing for Zoom dances in 2021. Jonny plays a range of instruments including cowhorn, harpsichord, carnyx and näverlur – none of which will be played at the Whitby ceilidh. He will however play his accordion. Vicki plays nyckelharpa – the magical keyed fiddle from Sweden, as far as Vicki is concerned, no other instruments matter (there is the outside chance of flute, but probably not bagpipes).

The Whitby Nyckelharpa Workshop – Swedish tunes – Wednesday 2-3pm
A workshop delivered on the nyckelharpa for nyckelharpas with the added bonus of being suitable for almost any instrument. (Any instrument of playing the same notes as the D whistle or simple system flute.
Exact tunes are yet to be decided – but there will be polskas of different types (at least one dum dum di dum polska, and a dum da di dum polska) and the schottis. You’ll also get to learn how to pronounce the names.
Musical dots will be provided and we’ll also create a mosaic video after the event. The wearing of the Swedish colours is optional.
The Whitby Nyckelharpa Workshop – Contra Dance Tunes – Thursday 12noon-1pm
Vicki & Jonny have been Zooming away a lot over the last 7 months in the USofA playing contra dance music for contra dances. Come along to a workshop led by Vicki on the nyckelharpa that will teach you some contra dance tunes. Get to grips with the bouncy backbeat and play along with Vicki & Jonny with some of their favourite dance tunes.