About

Nightlark's contemporary approach to traditional folk music is unique. 
Skilled musicians, their rich sound explores improvisation and jazz harmonies. 
Traditional and contemporary songs and tunes from America, Canada and Europe are heard with new vibrancy.

This powerful song describes the dangerous work of the Irish labourers digging the Dartford Tunnel under the River Thames in mid-1900s. 



 

One of our favourite foot-stomping tunes, composed by Scottish folk musician & accordionist Angus Lyon and fiddler Ruaridh Campbell.



 

The Musicians

Patrizia Sieweck- violin & singing
 

Patrizia Sieweck (Germany) is a folk musician currently living and working in Berlin. Over the years she has become an accomplished fiddle, banjo and guitar player as well as singer. Numerous festivals and other travels have given her a chance to involve herself deeply in the traditional repertoire of Ireland, Canada and America, but she also dipped her toes into the wealth of Swedish, French, English and Scottish tunes. Over the years she had lessons with Paul O’Shaughnessy, Aly Bain, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Shane Cook, Adam Sutherland, Lori Watson and many more to find her unique style. Currently she is active in Berlin based bands such as Nightlark, Huas, Larkin and Elvena but also plays regular concerts in Vienna. Patrizia is also a regular guest at local sessions wherever she goes.

Jane South - flute & accordion

 

Jane (UK) gained the ABRSM Laura Marco Prize and several performance grants before training in classical flute performance at RWCMD, also studying jazz, improvisation and composition. Performing with folk and jazz bands for the last 10 years, Jane has toured and played at folk festivals including Sidmouth, Larmer Tree, Cambridge, Gosport, Wimborne, Chippenham and Trowbridge, the Isle of Ischia, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, Brecon Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man Festival, Electric Picnic Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has worked with a range of musicians including Kelli Ali, HK119, Robin Grey, Steve Folk (Blabbermouth), Moveable Feast, MGM Bigband and ceilidh and traditional folk groups. She has co-written several albums with folk singers and toured UK and Europe in the duo Folk&South in 2014. She founded the jazz-influenced original folk group Flekd (flekd.co.uk) who she has toured UK and Germany with several times with many of her compositions. She currently teaches, composes and performs, whilst living in Berlin.

Robert York - guitar
 

Robert (UK) studied at Leeds College of Music (UK) in Jazz studies. Since graduating he has played in venues and at festivals all over the UK and Germany including: Lakefest, Small-nations and Hay on Wye festival and the 2012 Olympic torch procession (SW). Robert has played with musicians such as Steve Waterman, Dave Newton (John Taylor), Lizzie Dean, Dan Moore (Phantom Limb) and Rainy and the Dust. He has written for and played in projects ranging from commercial rock and pop to world music and jazz. He is also a member of Live Music Now and SuperAct. Robert is now living and working in Berlin playing regularly all over the city in various jazz and world music projects as well as writing for his own jazz project ‘Earshot’.  

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