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Mike Greenwood of Taplas

reviews Stones on the Ground by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer present another solid album of tunes and songs performed on their eclectic array of instruments, including guitar, piano-accordion, smallpipes, flute and nyckelharpa, further reinforcing Vicki’s connection to her Swedish family roots and extending the pair’s compositional competence.

Whilst she sings the traditional En Gång in Swedish and the words of the occasional Child ballad and an English translation of a Swedish equivalent are set to Jonny’s melodies, practically all of the material here is self-composed and encompasses a wide spectrum of rhythm and style, tending toward the more esoteric. The combination of pipe-reed, free-reed, lutish guitar and the echoing nyckelharpa lend a unique, other-worldly, musical-box prettiness to many instrumentals, whereas song accompaniments tend to be pared back to allow the melodic vocal, shared between the two, to the fore.