GLEOWIEN, (Glāôrwēen) v. to make music, to make merry,
A Concise Dictionary of Middle-English.
From A.D. 1150 to 1580 - Mayhew & Skeat
Currently taking the world by storm, Vicki and Jonny are rightly “establishing themselves as one of the best duos around around on the folk scene today” (Famous Willows Folk Club). Although best-known for their instrumental skills with Scottish Smallpipes, accordion and even Swedish Nyckelharpa, the duo are well recognised for their song arrangements too. With their blend of traditional material and contemporary interpretations, they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.
Having started their folk journey with the seriouskitchen and as part of the Cloudstreet big band they have since collaborated with award winning Mundy-Turner, Lusca, Hector Gilchrist and most recently; singer song writer, George Papavgeris. With a strong educational background their workshops are a useful addition to any festival. An added bonus is the ability to lead sessions and play arounds.
Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through and sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints. Constantly seeking new harmonic pathways they help to keep pipe music alive and growing. Their albums have earned recent coverage on Radio 3’s Late Junction, Andy Kershaw’s programme, BBC Radio Derby, Gloucester, Shropshire and reviews in Living Tradition Magazine, EDS, Taplas, What’s Afoot (Devon), Shire Folk (Devon) and The Folk Mag. A previous album “Tig!” was also performed on Mike Harding’s BBC radio 2 show.
Vicki Swan (Scottish Smallpipes, Vocals, Nyckelharpa, Flute, Double Bass)
Having begun the music ladder at the age of five, Vicki went on to study the double bass at the Royal College of Music, becoming the principal double bass and winning the solo double bass competition. Following in her father's footsteps as a piper, Vicki has studied under all the best pipers including Hamish Moore, Davie Taylor and Gary West, taking the most radical and innovative techniques from each. Vicki is now following her mothers music from Sweden with the addition of the Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle).
Jonny Dyer (Vocals, Guitars, Accordion)
Composer and competition-winning guitar player; Jonny’s outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Jonny has been singing choral music and playing soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember.