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Elizabeth Clare (Second Version)

A second version of this, this time played in D (twice) and then G, on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I. I love this melodeon; it’s great at stuff like this. Elizabeth Clare was written by Chris Wood, and is melodeon.net’s tune of the month for November 2017.

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Elizabeth Clare

A first attempt on this Chris Wood tune – I tried a couple of different versions of this – so thought I’d upload them both! This one is on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb, played in Eb.

Melodeon.net tune of the month for November 2017.

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Crackling

A one-row tune written for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for November 2017, One-Row tunes. I wrote this a few hours ago, while experimenting for a few ideas for what I should play; it’s harder than it looks, and needs 4 fingers on the treble to play fluently. Good exercise for us box players.

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Planxty Madame Maxwell

An O’Carolan march, played for melodeon.net’s tune of the month for October 2017. Played on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.

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Planxty Davis

A version of this tune composed by Thomas Connellan, an Irish harpist. This is a march time version, influenced by Nic Jones’ guitar version, rather than the hornpipe version common in irish set dancing circles.

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Blue Sausage Island

Here’s a go at Blue Sausage Island, Cliff Stapleton’s amazing schottische, Cliff being a cracking gurdy player and composer of course. Genuinely difficult on melodeon, so apologies for any simplifications that may be flying through. We’re in D minor on a C/F Hohner Club 1 here.

Melodeon.net theme of the month Sep 2017 is Schottisches; this is part of that.

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Valse Gitanes

This is a La Chavannee tune, I’m fairly certain – written by Eric Montbel. Having such a generic name, there’s *LOTS* of different tunes called this, but I think this is. a lovely waltz that fits beautifully on a 2 row 8 bass box, and here played on a C/F Hohner Club I.

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La Petit Bal Marine

Fran├žois Deguelt’s musette waltz, learned from the playing of great french musician, Marc Perrone. This version is in Am and G (on a G/C Hohner Lilliput conversion by Kay Albrecht); pretty much the only way you can sensibly fit it on a 2 row 8 bass instrument. The original was in Am and A I think. This is a quick, early attempt at this at resurrecting this (first attempted 25 years ago) – the version by, for example, 21 Boutons shows I’ve some way to go…

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La Bataille sur Le Petit Arbre

Theme of the Month for Melodeon.net in July is ‘Tunes from Somewhere Else’ – tunes from places or cultures you don’t normally play. Well, I can’t play cajun music for love nor money, but this cajun waltz is just a corker. I learned it off the playing of one of the early Kathryn Tickell Band incarrnations, to which this is fairly accurate, but the original original cajun version is nothing like this. You can hear it, but it’s clearly changed feel and style in the translation to Kathryn. She learned it from the Boat Band, a cajun band from Cheshire if I recall. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G… though being cajun in origin, this is in A mixolydian. It relies on a low G note, without which you can’t do the turn around at the end of each section.

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Seven Stars

Here’s an old favourite, played simply on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I. This is in D, and all on the D row – a classic jig, and a favourite of sessions everywhere. Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for July 2017 – we’re revisiting old favourites for a while.

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