C o n c e r t s - 2019
This will be a night that will appeal to those who associate Christmas with carols, singing, dancing and the joy of being together as family and friends...
Vicki & Jonny have created a show that brings together classic Christmas carols, winter stories, and Scandinavian Christmas. It is informative, fun and full of chorus songs that you’ll know and stories that you probably won't.
Multi-instrumentalists and storytellers of the highest calibre, you have no idea what you're going to see next, but we know you'll love it.
Dec 4th - 8:30pm
VICKI SWAN & JONNY DYER
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers. They effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.
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. He has been singing and playing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember.
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 (Swedish keyed-fiddle).
On leaving music college she 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 playing her Swedish bagpipes, bagging tunes for new books. She holds the Zorn Bronze Award for the traditional playing of Swedish bagpipes and runs workshops and teaches the nyckelharpa around the UK.
Dec 18th - 8:30pm
DROP THE FLOOR
Drop The Floor officially formed in 2012, brought together by a shared love of traditional, particularly Irish traditional music. The roots of the group are the North West’s vibrant traditional session scene, one that over the last four decades or so has gone from strength to strength and nowhere more so than in the small market town of Clitheroe; its spiritual home – the back room of a well known public house nestled at the foot of Clitheroe Castle.
Steven and Dan met in the mid 1980’s. Both aspiring young guitarist’s at that time, the pair have been friends and musical collaborators (in one form or another) ever since. Martin moved to Clitheroe from his native Scotland in 2002 and was introduced to Dan and Steven after his wife began working for Dan’s stained glass studio. A fine fiddle player, he soon became a regular of the local sessions. On March 17th 2009, Richard was invited along to a huge Paddy’s Day session at the now defunct Pendle Hotel by a mutual friend and musician, instantly impressing with his musicianship and again becoming a regular of the local sessions.
In late 2011, the four friends took a trip to Co. Clare as part of a larger collective of friends and musicians under the travelling name “Banna Gan Ainm” (Band With No Name). An annual excuse for four days of music and merriment on the West Coast of Ireland, it was during this trip that the seeds were sown for putting a band together. Having narrowly avoided an early morning loss of one of the members to the Atlantic Ocean and with a characteristically laid back formation period, following a number of name changes, the band would eventually become Drop The Floor.