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Barroom Branle

A tune written by Rob Kay in the 1980s, who used to play keyboards with dance band Tickled Pink. A fairly unusual structure, the A music is in D, the B music in C. Played for the ‘New Tunes’ theme on melodeon.net, January 2021.

Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G. You need a F natural accidental to play this tune.

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Glory of the Sun

Another take on this tune for Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for January 2021. This is a trad english tune from the playford collection, here played on a D/G Castagnari Giasco. A little more sedate that my earlier version of this recorded a few years ago.

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The Wexford Carol

Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for December 2020 is (once again) Christmas music, and I’ve found one I haven’t played before! That’s mostly because I couldn’t figure out how to play it, but I’ve now figured it out. Also known (by those that live in Wexford) as the Enniscorthy Christmas Carol.

Played on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.

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Septembre

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for December 2020 is this mazurka, written by Stephane Delicq at the start of his career – it appears on his first album. He wrote another tune called the same thing on a later album; this isn’t it!

Played on a C/F Hohner Club 1.

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A Surfeit of Lampreys

Just learned this for the Vaults Bar lockdown session; trying to expand my repertoire a little. This fantastic tune was written by Maartin Allcock, and was played when he was in Fairport Convention. There’s a great version of him playing it in 2017 at Cropredy, shortly before he passed away – here, on Fairport’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLjvfIMYeNM

Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory

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Lake Arthur

Another recording for the Vaults Bar lockdown virtual session; this is a tune I used to play quite a few years ago in a local barndance band. It’s traditional, but learned from the Chipolata 5 album, Skinless, which I think was released about 1999.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Rydeen

Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for November 2020 is tunes you wouldn’t expect on the melodeon; this is a cover of a great piece of electronic music by the Yellow Magic Orchestra, written by Yukihiro Takahashi. I learned it a long time ago because it’s the soundtrack to the arcade game Super Locomotive which I played a lot in my youth (a long time ago). You can see a video of the arcade game, and its frankly fantastic soundtrack here https://youtu.be/lfX9tnHXX7s?t=81

I’ve had to rework it slightly to play on the 2 row 8 bass melodeon, especially the 3rd part, which I’ve simplified the last bar of. I’ve also dropped the 4th part which as far as I can tell is simply lots of electronic zapping sounds!

Played on a Hohner Club I in C/F, which puts in the original key (I think!) of D minor.

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La Seduisante played by Vivant

This 5 time waltz is another Stephane Delicq tune, which Mark and I are working up at the minute. With the lockdown restarting things are on pause for a bit, but we recorded this a week ago for the Vaults Bar lockdown session a few days before lockdown started again.

I’m playing the Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.

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