BIDEFORD Folk Club has attracted the musical skills of a duo who work harder than the average pair.
Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, who blend traditional folk arrangements with contemporary interpretations, also write their own songs to create a sound both familiar and fresh.
Known originally for their skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they now incorporate a wide range of instruments including guitar, flute, double bass, border pipes, Swedish bagpipes and trumpet.
The pair have toured extensively across the UK, and internationally in countries such as The Netherlands and Sweden. Vicki, who has been playing since the age of five and studied at the Royal College of Music, has Swedish ancestry, so also includes translations of Swedish ballads – played on the country's nyckelharpa – in the set.
Jonny, who mainly plays guitar and sings, has a wide range of musical tastes and has been singing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for most of his life.
Bideford Folk Club, held at The Joiners Arms every Thursday, attracts a whole host of local and not-so-local talent. As well as music it offers storytelling and poetry in a friendly atmosphere, and has a busy schedule planned for the future.
Jerry Bix, who runs the club with wife Hilary, said: "We saw Vicki and Jonni play at the Bideford Folk Festival, so contacted the agent right away.
"We are an intimate venue but, thanks to collections and kind regulars, we manage to book some really big acts. There's plenty coming up, this year and next."
Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer are at The Joiners Arms, Bideford on Thursday, October 24, 8pm.