Welcome to my website
2014 has already been packed full of interesting collaborations and projects. Now based on the beautiful Isle of Wight, I am dividing my time between teaching via Skype and working on new music. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching at the Music Academy in Odense in January and have been invited back in the autumn. I’m working on a new book of my own compositions and arrangements (with chords and some harmony ideas, illustrations and information) which is due out in July, along a book with my transcriptions of the tunes on the ‘Bunch of Keys’ CD.
I’m playing on new songs by Mark Hickman (for The Old Gaffers’ Festival in Yarmouth); having fun with arrangements for Piano Accordion, Sitar and Harp with Anna Sacchini (for Ryde Arts Festival) and have started two projects of newly composed music for Two Piano Accordions with Karen Street. One of these projects is inspired by the tree carvings and sculptures of Paul Sivell while the other is music for ‘A Collection of Poems, Memories and Stories by Residents at the Garth, Kington’ by Sue Roberts. These pieces explore varying elements of Dementia and old age, inspired by Sue’s interviews and poetry.
There’s another ‘Irish Folk Tunes For Accordion’ in the pipeline that I’m compiling for Schott Publishing and I’ve begun work on new music for a number of photographs from the Julia Margaret Cameron collection at Dimbola Lodge to coincide with her anniversary in 2015.
So, before you ask. . .no, I’m afraid I won’t be going off-island for a bit. . . . but I will keep you posted.
Karen Tweed is the mercurial, wacky and elegant English accordion queen, known for her inspirational teaching and ground breaking collaborations. Since deciding to pursue a musical career in the late 1980s, Karen has risen to become one of the leading lights on the UK and international folk scenes working with amongst others Kathryn Tickell, The Poozies, Swap, Two Duos Quartet, Hell Said the Duchess and May Monday. She’s also a stunning soloist, her musical approach is informed by tradition yet crucially breaks convention and takes acoustic music into a new realm.
Since the release of my solo CD, “Essentially Invisible to the Eye”, I have been working and recording with Steve Jinski, Johnny Coppin and Colum Sands. I am now editing and compiling a series of tunes books following requests for my tunes which appeared on my solo CD.
If you’d like to hear some of my music, click here for track previews and more on Soundcloud.