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Category: Castagnari Giasco I

The Canal in October / Speed the Plough – Session Set

Recorded both for the Vaults Bar virtual session, and the melodeon.net theme of the month ‘Favourite tunes’. These are the tunes I will normally play if we get into playing the last thing at the end of a session. Good, fun tunes that everyone can join in, but have something about them too. The gap at the end of the last time through of Speed the Plough is so I can shout ‘out’ at the end, by the way – playing and talking are hard 🙂

Recorded on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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The Woodcock / The Kerfunken

2 irish jigs played in a not-very-irish style. Great tunes both. Arrangement very much influenced by the version Chris Wood and Andy Cutting used to play, a *long* time ago.

Played on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I

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English Schottische

A quick recording for the virtual vaults session! My mate Dave Chatterley wrote this and posted a version of it on mandolin yesterday – great tune Dave!

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St Anne’s Reel

A somewhat more laid back version of this tune than the video I learned it from! French canadian, put also popular in the bluegrass and canadian traditions.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I D/G in D.

Melodeon.net tune of the month for March 2020.

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The Lounge Bar

This is January 2019’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net – a lovely tune written by Annlaug Borsheim, a hardanger fiddle player and singer from Norway. A lovely slow jig, here played in D on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.

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Adieu Les Filles de Mon Pays

Very appropriately, the tune to this french anti-war song is tune of the month at melodeon.net for November 2018. Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G in the key of D (in fact entirely on the D row).

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Tripping Upstairs

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for March 2018 is Tripping Upstairs; a popular jig. Here played on a Castagnari Giasco I (effectively a 12 bass Lilly) in D/G, pretty much all apart from the occasional note on the D row.

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La Candela

Cyrille Brotto is a *fantastic* French melodeon player, on a different level from us mere mortals. This is one of his more famous tunes, a lovely mazurka, as played in his duo Brotto-Lopez (but without the singing!).

Played on a Castagnari Giasco in D/G, mostly on the G row, though it’s one of those tunes where I’m not entirely sure what key it is – one of the less common minor keys I think.

Obligatory improvised section 3rd time through 🙂

Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for January 2018, ‘New Tunes’

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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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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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