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January News and Reviews

Hello!
The reviews of the CD are starting to come in now, so here are a few for you! For the past five weeks we’ve also been serialised on Genevieve Tudor’s BBC Radio Sunday Folk  Show. If you missed it, you can hear some of the episodes for a little while – but worry not. You can just buy the CD or come and see us live!

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Vicki, Jonny & Nick

Folk NorthWest Review: (Derek Gifford)
Serious Kitchen are internationally renowned story teller Nick Hennessey and popular internationally well known musicians and singers Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer who joined up in 2012 to produce the show ‘Whispering Road’. With so much individual talent this trio is bound to make an impact with anything they produce. This CD is no exception and it features a story based on two Scandanavian legends with musical and vocal accompaniment.

Nick is probably one of the best story-tellers on the folk scene as well as having a good singing voice and Vicky is the UK’s leading expert on the Swedish nyckelharpa and also has a great voice. Finally, Jonny is a fine singer and instrumentalist and, on this CD, plays accordion, guitar and kohorn (cow horn!) to great effect. The close harmony singing on this album is also superb.

You might think I’m going over the top in my overall praise for this album but I’m not the only one because the show was nominated for The British Awards for Storytelling Excellence and I quote from one of the nominators who stated:
‘I found the whole performance completely enthralling. Not only was the tale related beautifully but the accompanying music enhanced it wonderfully.’

Without wishing to give the plot away, let me just say that the story involves a handsome prince, a beautiful girl, an otter, a raven and a wolf and, of course, trolls! Nick holds the listener’s attention throughout with his excellent characterisation of the participants and the accompanying music provides a very appropriate atmospheric background. Vicky is fluent in Swedish and is therefore very well placed to perform the Swedish songs and words that form part of the story.

The one question that came to mind when I was listening to this album was ‘Would it bear repeat listenings once you know the complete story?’ The answer has to be ‘Yes’ because the plot is so involved, the delivery so entertaining and it is quite a long tale too that I’m sure I shall be making a return to it several times in the future.

This album is a must for afficionados of traditional tales and will also appeal to those who normally don’t venture into the genre.

Folk Diary: (Vic Smith)
Over the last five years, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer have established themselves as one of the most accomplished and talented duos on the folk scene. Another of the performing irons that they have in the fire is giving shows with the master storyteller, Nick Hennessey – and this is Serious Kitchen.

The spellbinding long story presented here is of Scandinavian origin – frightening trolls, handsome prince, talking animals – the lot! Nick has a great skill and grabs the attention throughout. Vicki & Jonny provide the music and the singing; sometimes as an augmenting background, sometimes as an interlude and at other times to accentuate important moments in the mounting tension with usually multi-instrumental Vicki sticking to her Swedidh Nyckelharpa for this show and basing much of the music on her roots in Swedish music.

The modern storyteller is often a performance artist but even on an album without the visual appeal, this is pretty gripping stuff.

Happy New Year

Hello!
Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you all had a great Christmas and weren’t too bothered by trolls! We’re now starting to plan our next runs of tour dates, so do get in touch if you’d like the performance of The Whispering Road to come to a venue near you! We’re also starting to plan a whole new show, watch this space!

In the mean time we have a date up in Lancashire:

Lytham Library at 3pm. As soon as we get a definite web link (the date has been put in the diary quite recently!) we’ll post it up here.

We hope to see you there!
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Vicki, Jonny & Nick

The Whispering Road

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The studio recording of The Whispering Road
Order your copy now!

 
Studio CD recording of The Whispering Road
Price(GBP): £12.00

How excited are we!!!
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Vicki, Nick & Jonny

Pre-Order The Whispering Road CD

Hello!
We’re finally there, we have a release date for the studio recording of The Whispering Road. We will be releasing this CD on the 20th November 2015 at the Darwen Library Theatre. To get your hands on it earlier, pre-order your copy now!

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Available as a studio recorded CD from the 20th November 2015
Pre-Order your copy now!

 
Studio CD recording of The Whispering Road
Price(GBP): £12.00

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Vicki, Nick & Jonny

Into the Studio!

Hello!
We’re finally really happy to announce that we’re going into the studio on Sunday to record The Whispering Road. We’ll be doing a video blog from the studio, so watch this space for the fun, frolics and troll slaying as we go.

So now we our proud to open up for pre-orders!

We’re recording at the wonderful Wildgoose Studios with Doug Bailey at the helm. To get us all into the troll slaying mood (and to help offset some of the studio costs) we’re putting a performance on in the village hall in Wherwell. So come along and be part of the recording adventure! Doors open at 7:30 for performance at 8pm.

Further details are on the Wildgoose website.

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Vicki, Nick & Jonny

Devon Bound

Hello!

A blog update from the road.☺

We spent last weekend in Dorset slaying trolls and this weekend it’s the turn of Devon to become troll free. Currently however we’re all on the motorway. But the sun is shining and we’re happy. Cue happy picture! We love roadworks. Maybe this weekend we’ll write a blog and post some pretty views.

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Vicki

Video Diary

Hello!
I got some internet access whilst on tour, so here is our little video diary-ette from the Ancient Technology Centre.
Enjoy!

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Vicki, Jonny & Nick

Brand New Trailer

Hello!
We have a brand new trailer and we’re really please with it!  The major difference is that we now have some audience reviews at the end.  We had a great day filming at the High Barn and everyone who came along was awesome!

Just incase you’ve missed us tweeting it, or sharing it, here it is just for you!  There is much more in the way of video that we’re going to share, but we don’t want to overload everyone in one hit!  Enjoy
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Nick, Vicki & Jonny

Day 4 on the Whispering Road

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Day four saw us recording a little radio snippet for National Storytelling week, sat in the front room surrounded by a forest of cables and microphone stands.  We’ll let you know when and where you can hear it!

trundling down to the Croydon Folk Club.  We played here many moons ago when we were seriouskitchen before.  It’s always fun to go to places we’ve been to before. 🙂  It was a blustery evening and we made sure we left plenty of time, Nick’s tweet summed up our journey:

“You’re going south? they said. Prepare for gridlock, they said. Worst traffic in the known world, they muttered shaking their heads. And now we’re two hours early for the Croydon folk club! #whisperingtour @seriouskitchen3

The journey went superbly and we enjoyed a very leisurely Chinese takeaway in the car. 🙂
Tuesday is a rest day, so we’ll update again very soon!
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Vicki, Jonny & Nick

Welcome to our new website!

Hello,
Welcome to our new website, it doesn’t look all that different, but we’ve moved it and changed the way it’s built (we love wordpress). So it’s all ready for our tour next month. We’re getting very excited about the tour, so make sure you check out our map and see if you can come and see the show.  If you want to know a bit more about the show, check out our trailer, it’s on the front page!

We’ll be keeping our tour diary here and also in FaceBook, so keep a look out.  In the mean time have a great Christmas and New Year!
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Vicki, Jonny, Nick