This excellent band specialises in playing high energy and exciting dance music for
contra dancing, and they also love playing the beautiful tunes from the English
tradition. Brian Stone on fiddle can tease amazing variations which are so exciting to
dance to, and he occasionally switches to jazz guitar. You will recognise him from
other bands, including Junction 24 and Fiddlin’ Around. Kathryn Dunphy plays flute,
sax and clarinet, not all at the same time, sadly, because all are equally lovely. How
she finds the time to keep up all those instruments fitting it into a busy life which
includes a young family is a mystery! Elaine Meechan is the elegant pianist,
providing the toe-tapping, driving accompaniment and occasionally taking the
melody. Do come and say hello!
2022 is a special year for 3D, who have now been playing as a family for 25 years.
Chris and Julie had, of course, played together (and in other guises) for many years
previously, but by 1997 Nick was eager to join in the fun, initially with a tambourine,
which he played with great enthusiasm! It wasn’t long before he progressed to a
snare drum, and gradually to an array of percussive instruments, which he soon
learned to play with imagination and sensitivity. In due course Nick’s trumpet swung
into action, and later his guitar, adding further exciting sounds to the mix.
With encouragement from dancers, callers and organisers, 3D developed into a
versatile band, playing regularly for dances and festivals up and down the country,
Lichfield being their ‘home festival’, at which they have played every year since their
first appearance in 2000. Still as full of enthusiasm as ever, 3D are celebrating their
‘quarter century’ at a special party dance with Ivan Aitken on Friday night at this
year’s festival, when their special celebratory cake will be served!
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary
sounds. We are so delighted to welcome them to Lichfield for the first time. Their
performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original selfpenned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.
They have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Strong believers in
letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and
Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints.
Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn (one of the
world's earliest communication devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn't
come from Scotland. Suitable for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe tapping
tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up (not always at the same time)
all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skilful musicianship.
Vicki Swan (Swedish nyckelharpas, Bagpipes of various sorts, vocals and flute)
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 keyedfiddle). 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.
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.
Their excellent CDs will be on sale at the Festival; for more info visit:
English Contra Dance Band was formed in 2002 and consists of accomplished fiddle
player Linda Game with ace piano player Gareth Kiddier. They have rapidly become
popular on the Contra circuit, and have performed at all the major Festivals.
Linda plays with a number of other popular folk band combinations. Gareth is also an
event organiser, booking the artists for Chippenham and Sidmouth Folk Festivals as
well as advising Halsway Manor. He juggles all this with managing the sound at
Lichfield and other events, working with several other musicians as the Folk Dance
Professional musicians Dan and Caroline Hollingshurst are a versatile duo, playing
for American and English dance styles with equal verve. Despite their youthfulness,
they have many years of experience playing for Festivals and Saturday night dances
round the UK, and in Europe as well. You can expect driving rhythm for contra, and
sensitive melodies for English, all appropriate for the dance.
We are delighted to welcome them back to the Festival; be sure to look out for their
CDs, which are in frequent use in Folk Clubs.