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by Vicki

Next Beginners workshop in Essex

10/01/2016 in News

Advance notice of a workshop.
Sunday 3rd April, 11am in North Essex.
Only three spaces left, instruments provided.
See website for details.


by Vicki

Beginners Workshop in Essex

21/11/2015 in News

Advance notice of a workshop.
Sunday 17th January, 11am in North Essex.
Only four spaces available, instruments provided.
See website for details.

Nyckelharpa lessons

18/09/2015 in News

One to one nyckelharpa lessons available in the southeast/Kent area

As most of you in the community know, I've been playing nyckelharpa for 10 years. I'm also a qualified violin teacher and run fiddle and nyckelharpa workshops at various festivals in the UK. I specialise in Scandinavian music and MC the monthly London Scandi session, but also have an interest in English and French dance music.

I play the nyckelharpa in CGDA (viola) tuning rather than CGCA. This way of tuning has become increasingly popular in the UK, Europe and with some of the younger players in Sweden.

If you are finding playing the nyckelharpa uncomfortable, I can help you explore different ways of holding the instrument. I have chosen, for ergonomic reasons, to adopt the underarm bowing method popularised by Didier François and Eléonore Billy. But note, I can teach you whichever holding method is most comfortable for you.

For more information, please email me on christinesusandyer (at)

Nyckelharpa bows for sale

18/09/2015 in News

We've had a new batch of 10 harpa bows made up - there are six left. Any takers? Price £85, p&p extra.
Brazil and snakewood bows available. Length approx 480-500mm. Weight varies depending on design of frog.
I've tried all the bows and can vouch that they are very playable and make a good, strong but sweet sound.
I'm playing at various dance venues in the southeast and East Anglia over the next few months - I will have the bows with me if they haven't been sold.
We're based in southeast London. If you want to come round to try them, just send me a message (please email my partner Mike on mikejkeen (at)

Nyckelharpa for sale

31/05/2015 in News

Nyckelharpa for sale by Karl Ivar 'Lalle' Lythe

Karl made over 100 instruments (mainly to order) but was only really known in Sweden.This nyckelharpa is 'no 53' and was made in 1989. It features return springs on the keys which stop them rattling and sticking. The instrument is in good condition, nicely resonant and is ready to play with new strings.

Price £1400. Can supply a bow, but needs a case. Email me on christinesusandyer (at)gmail.com7586550729

Spring harpa gathering

23/03/2015 in News

Sadly, we can't go ahead with a weekend on 11/12 April. The pub venue is no longer available. Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you all, but these things do take time to organise - especially as we're chasing free venues. Many thanks to Edwin for his invaluable help with this one!
There's a chance we may be able to book something with the Prince of Wales in the autumn.
It's not all doom and gloom... there may be a possible alternative for the weekend 6/7 June in a pretty country pub just outside Chelmsford. Fingers crossed the date doesn't clash with any festivals or bals...
Let me know if you might be interested and I'll pursue the lead.
Chris x


Nyckelharpa weekend 16-17 May in the French Alps

12/03/2015 in News

I thought you might like to know about a nyckelharpa/fiddle weekend (other instruments possible, but contact the organisers first) taking place in the French Alps at Thorens-Glieres, not far from Annecy, on Sat-Sun 16-17 May 2015. The tutors will be Josefina Paulson and Jonas Akerlund. There will be workshops all day Saturday and Sunday morning with a bal on Sunday afternoon, and a concert on Saturday evening in the local village cinema followed by a Swedish film. Further information from Claire Fillard: Tel : 04 50 22 80 60
Or I can forward her email to you if you contact me - If you need help with a bit of French, I can probably assist.

It's a lovely location and a great place to spend a few days walking in the alps before or after the weekend.

by admin

Autumnal NyckelNews

25/09/2014 in News

It's been another great year for the nyckelharpa in the UK. Our numbers continue to swell. So here is some news from the grapevine...

Autumn NyckelMoot 2014
Next weekend (4/5 October) there's a freebie weekend of DIY music making for nyckelharpa players at the Prince of Wales pub in Shippon, Oxon. It's a lovely rural pub with good beer and home-cooked food. The weekend kicks off at noon on Saturday and finishes at 4pm on Sunday. There's free camping in the field opposite and hard standing for camper vans. Come and teach your favourite tunes or learn some new ones. Then join in the Saturday night session from 7pm. All instruments welcome. As well as Scandi tunes, we'll be playing French, English, Scottish and Galician, anything goes… Details on the calendar.

International Days of Nyckelharpa
This is the biggest nyckelharpa weekend (probably in the world) and usually has somewhere between 70 - 90 nyckelharpa players from all over the globe. It takes place in Germany every year and is now in its 11th year. This year Vicki is one of the tutors teaching British tunes. There'll be a report with pictures! Visit the website.

'Harpas at Halsway - Nyckelharpa Festival
This weekend is building nicely, for two years it's been fully subscribed and next year we're expanding! 2015 is going to be an amazing year where we get to take over the whole manor.  A brand new date slightly earlier in the year, which means it'll be warmer  and nicer for camping! First weekend in September - 4th - 6th September 2015. There'll be three tutors of very different styles and lots going on so this means that we need as many people as possible to go along. Visit the website for details. Of course we've not had this years course yet but bookings are open for 2015.

Nine Dais Wonder
This wonderful show has dates between now and Christmas and features plenty of nyckelharpa, so check out their gig list. Clare is also going to be presenting another radio programme on BBC radio 3 in November, although not specifically nyckelharpa based it certainly will feature, so watch this space and listen in!

Nyckelharpa Four a Day
Vicki has been busy writing some daily exercises to help the budding nyckelharpa player with their technique. Currently aimed at the beginner there are plans for a more advanced section. Click here to visit the exercises.

Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes
A book/CD perfect for the nyckelharpa put together by Vicki. Click Here for details and to order your copy.

Have you got an event, a book, a website or anything that you'd like to report on? Just drop us a line and we'll post it up!

by admin

Spring News

27/02/2014 in News


It's been a long and dark winter, but the flowers are starting to spring in the garden and exciting things are happening in the nyckelharpa world here in the UK.

• After  Clare Salaman's appearance on Midweek a couple of weeks back she is presenting the Early Music show on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 2nd March. The show is dedicated entirely to the nyckelharpa. You can listen online for seven days after broadcast - Click here!

• Vicki Swan had an article published in the European String Teachers Asociation Magazine. Have a sneaky look at it here!
Booking is now open for the Halsway Manor Weekend on the 31st October - 2nd November 2014. Dates are also up for Halsway 2015. This is set to be a much larger weekend taking over the entire building with (hopefully) three tutors. The more people that are signed up early the better the chances are of three tutors!

• If you've found it hard to get hold of a case we now have our very own cases from the UK. Pete Rigg has cases for sale. Semi-rigid, they've got back straps and a lovely little protective sock for the bow.

There is plenty going on around the country, check out the gig lists* for these groups touring the country:

Bright Season (with Ella Sprung)
Nine Dais Wonder (with Clare Salaman)
Gavin Marwick Journeyman (with Ruth Morris)
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer (with Vicki Swan)

*(if you're in a group and would like to be listed, drop us a line with a link to your gig list!)

If you have some news you'd like to share with the nyckelharpa scene, drop us a line!

by admin

Autumn News

30/08/2013 in News

The summer was great. Lots of nyckelharpa action over the country, new people taking up the instrument, welcome! Two major events are planned in the autumn.

The Third National Nyckelmoot is taking place in Oxford from Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th September. It's a free DIY weekend for nyckelharpa players. There should be a session on the Saturday evening open to all instruments. It takes place at the Prince of Wales Pub, 60 Barrow Road, Shippon, Abingdon, OX13 6JQ. For more details - click here!

The Second Nyckelharpas at Halsway is taking place at Halsway Manor from 1st - 3rd November. This is a full-on, fun packed workshop weekend for beginners as well as more experienced players.  Arrive from 4pm Friday and finishes 5pm Sunday. For more details - click here!

In the mean time - keep harping on!