Just got back from our fantastic trip to Sweden. Thanks to all who made us so welcome. The weather could be nicer to welcome us back though – it was grey and windy on the ferry coming in to Newcastle this morning. These girls were getting blown about a bit! More photos and video of Sweden to follow in due course …
Marwyn in characteristic pose at the Quality Hotel Ekoxen in Linköping.
Kjell Lundvall in his workshop at Nyckelharpverkstan. Thank you Kjell for a wonderful visit to see (and play) your excellent instruments.
We had a great time at the stuga north of Gävle, right on the Baltic.
In June I enjoyed a visit to the nyckelharpstämma at Österbybruk. It was great fun to take part in the procession through the town, playing the old tunes I had learned. Many thanks to Anne Kelly for coping well with our ancient video camera – here are some clips of the tunes. (Date shifted to move the post to be with the other Österbybruk posts.)
On the Sunday morning the allspel had us on benches in front of the stage playing tunes by or in the style of many famous nyckelharpa players.
After the spelmanståg (procession) we couldn’t all fit on the stage for the allspel. Me in black with straw hat. Thanks to Anne Kelly for the photo.
One of the reasons for our visit – so that I could admire lots of lovely nyckelharpas. With Anne Kelly who took the photo – it was so busy in the exhibition it was impossible to get further away!
Photos on the way to the stuga north of Gävle.
Frederikssund in Denmark
I’m really looking forward to this! Both my 3-row Olle Plahn nyckelharpa and my home made kontrabas nyckelharpa will be there. I’ve also been learning the allspelslåtar …