Many thanks to Phil for forwarding this photo from Ginebra who was at our session at Leith Depot in September. I have relatively few photos of me playing the nyckelharpa, so it was nice to receive this one.
Glad to get out to a real session; we’re still moving about a bit due to venue availability which hasn’t settled down post-Covid, since so many venues were clobbered. Many thanks as always to Phil who is now juggling the venue organisation.
Jen is Marwyn’s longest standing friend from primary school days, and this tune was made for her birthday this year.
Recorded in the park at Gatehouse of Fleet.
This time for the nyckelharpa study week with Vicki Swan at Halsway Manor. Vicki was working us extremely hard after the enforced break from regular nyckelharpa teaching. However we did have a lot of fun as well. Vicki’s GoPro camera in the centre!
I have been waiting for a suitable occasion in nice weather to record this for a month or two. The tune has been on my list of those to learn properly for a while, and I think “Pigopolskan” is a great tune.
Recording near some running water seemed like quite a good idea, and I think it was. I must get a wind shield for the recorder though, there are one or two blowy moments. In fact I used this first proper take rather than the second as that one began with a loud buzzing insect on the microphone!
This one came to me a month or two ago.
To me it sounds more Scottish than the usual sort of tune that appears in my head.
Another chance to play with real people – the nyckelharpa sounded great with two autoharps, and we had the fiddle and a melodeon as well. So lovely to be able to do this again.
At last! Some music played with real people, rather than the unreal Zoom sort! Both the fiddle and the nyckelharpa got some needed exercise.