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Category: Hohner Club Modell I

Le Soir Venu / Jabadaw Schottische No. 1

Revisiting a couple of tunes I learned in the 90’s for the vaults bar lockdown sessions. These are 2 pretty great schottisches, and I think they work very well together. The first is written by Stephane Durand and is a fairly well known tune on the french bal scene – Stephane is a great french hurdy gurdy player. I learned it in the traditional way, from Jo Freya’s band Tanteeka’s CD. The second comes from Manchester based euro bal dance band Jabadaw, and in particular from their multi-instrumentalists (actually I think they were all multi-instrumentalists), Martin Keates. It’s recorded on their CD, but simply labelled as ‘Schottische No. 1’. It’s a great tune and deserves a name I think.

Played for the vaults bar lockdown session in March 2021 – trying to do 2 recordings each week for the local session facebook group. Played on a Hohner Club I in C/F

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The Wrong Turn

Revisiting this lovely mazurka written by Anne Marie Summers, a fine english bagpiper known for her duo with Steve Tyler, Misericordia active in both the early music and bal folk scenes in the UK. Played for the Vaults bar lockdown sessions in March 2020; trying to do a couple of these recording each week. Played on a Hohner Club I melodeon in C/F, so we’re in G minor.

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Da Slockit Light

A classic shetland air written by shetland fiddler, Tom Anderson. Slockit translates to (roughly) broken, and was written as he noticed there were less house lights on his island than in his youth – more people were leaving.

Normally played in D, I’ve got the C/F Hohner Club 1 out today, and am playing on the inside row, so I’m in F.

Melodeon.net tune of the month for March 2021.

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Bonny at Morn

A traditional english song, played here on melodeon (not singing, don’t worry), recorded for both the vaults bar lockdown session and the melodeon.net theme of ‘tunes that start with B’ (working our way through the alphabet!). Can’t believe I haven’t recorded this on the channel before, though I did of course record it with Mark Prescott, here www.vivantmusic.co.uk …. about 20 years ago. This time (sorry Mark) I’m in D minor on a C/F Hohner Club 1.

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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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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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Mazurka Rigal

Here’s a contribution for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for May 2020, minor tunes. This is Mazurka Rigal, a lovely traditional centre-France mazurka, here played on the inner row of a C/F Hohner Club melodeon, and hence in Gm.

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Carousel

A quick recording for our Virtual Vaults Bar Session. Also a favourite tune, for the melodeon.net theme of the month for April 2020 🙂 Recorded on phone by the fair Liz, and played on a Hohner Club I in C/F.

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Where Is Your Heart (Moulin Rouge)

Theme of the month at melodeon.net is music from the movies, so here’s the tune from the song from the 1952 film Moulin Rouge. A great waltz in its own right. Written by Georges Auric, and frequently sung with a variety of different lyrics depending on language.

Played on a Hohner Club 1 in C/F.

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Bonny Kate (Jig)

Here’s a reworking of Bonny Kate, the english reel, here played as a jig. I think it goes quite well. Played in F on a C/F Hohner Club I and part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for October 2019, Old Tune of the Months.

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