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Category: Castagnari Giasco I

Tripping Upstairs’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’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’s tune of the month for November 2017.

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Planxty Madame Maxwell

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

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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.’s tune of the month for July 2017 – we’re revisiting old favourites for a while.

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Eleanor Plunkett

Well, I like this tune. It made tune of the month after we all saw a lovely take on it by Roland Carson, so I’ve learned it up, and here we are. It seems to sit on this box, a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G just beautifully – like it was made for this tune. It’s an O’Carolan air of course. tune of the month for June 2017

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Far Away / Two Rivers by Vivant (Clive Williams and Mark Prescott)

Here’s a quick demo recording Mark and I did a week or so back of a possible new tune set; Far Away (by Pete Jung) and Two Rivers (by Larry Unger). I did a solo version of Larry’s tune some time ago, but the version with Mark is much better 🙂

Learned as’s tune of the month for September 2016 and played on a Castagnari Giasco I in Bm (Far Away) and D (Two Rivers).

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Blaydon Races played on multiple melodeons

Theme of the month for September 2014; play one tune on all your melodeons – so here we go:

Hohner 12 Bass G/C
Castagnari Lilly A/D
Robert Boutet one row in D
Hohner Preciosa 12 Bass in Bb/Eb
Hohner Club Modell 1 in C/F
Hohner Pokerwork in D/G
Castagnari Mory in D/G
Hohner Lucia in D/G/Accs
Castagnari Giasco I in D/G
Hohner 1 Row in G
Streb Electronic Melodeon in this case in Eb/Ab/Accs
“The Big Finish!” – Castagnari Magica CBA

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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance / Kindling

An unusual pairing of tunes for’s strange tune pairs theme of the month. The first is the tune known as Abbots Bromley Horn Dance tune, though it isn’t actually used as such by the Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers – they use any tune *but* that one! Other dance sides doing the horn dance use it a lot. The second comes from the English Acoustic Collective and their Morris Offspring collaboration; a tune played with John Dipper’s Dapple and Dobbin (recorded earlier on this channel!) – it’s by Robert Harbron, and called ‘Kindling’. Great tune Rob!

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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