About

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

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



 

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



 

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 performance grants before training in classical flute at RWCMD, also studying jazz, improvisation and composition. Performing with folk and jazz bands, 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 Festival. She has worked with many musicians including Kelli Ali, HK119, Robin Grey, Steve Folk, Moveable Feast, and ceilidh and traditional folk groups. She has co-written several albums with folk singers and toured Europe in the duo Folk&South. She founded the jazz-influenced original folk group Flekd who she has toured UK and Germany with, playing her compositions. 

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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