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VICKI SWAN

Nyckelharpa Player, Vocalist

PROM 31: August 16

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 Vicki 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. Vicki holds the Zorn Bronze Award for the traditional playing of Swedish bagpipes and runs workshops and teaches the nyckelharpa around the UK.

Vicki plays a variety of different sized nyckelharpas made by Sören Åkher, Olle Plahn, and Annette Osann with a bow by Jean-Claude Condi. Scottish smallpipes by Hamish Moore, wooden flute by George Ormiston, a Kerry Low F Whistle, a Jaquet Gande French double bass, a Bassix electric upright double bass, a Jean-Pierre Yvert Swedish willow flute, a cittra, border pipes by Jon Swayne and Swedish bagpipes by Alban Faust.

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