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Category: Castagnari Giasco I

The South Wind

Thought I’ve have a quick go at this one for the vaults bar online session; the sort of thing I might play in a session, but I don’t think I ever have. It’s quite nice – perhaps I will once things open up?

Played on a Castagnari Giasco in D/G.

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Waffelwaltzen

A ‘sweet as a nut’ tune written by Ale Moller, and learned in the traditional way, off a Chris Wood and Andy Cutting CD.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco in D/G.

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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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Ciel ‘d Automne

Here is Andre Brunet’s lovely tribute to his father, which is Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for November 2020. I’m playing this in D on a D/G Castagnari Giasco.

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Michael Turner’s Waltz – Session Set

A tune played for the 41st anniversary of the Vaults Bar session; we’re currently on lockdown, so this is published on the Vaults Bar online session group which has been running since lockdown on the 23rd March. As of 13 Sep 2020, it looks like it’ll be a while yet before the session returns fully. Until then, this is a favourite of mine, Michael Turner’s Waltz which I play frequently in the real session.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G, in the key of G.

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The Rights of Man

Learned for Melodeon.net’s theme for September 2020, ‘Tunes of the Wyper Brothers’. Peter Wyper, early pioneer of the melodeon and one of the first people ever to be recorded died 100 years ago this month. This is one of the tunes featured in the Wyper Melodeon Tutor book, which you can find in the Catalogues and Tutors section of Melodeon.net – the Rights of Man. I’ve “known” this tune for a while; i.e. never learned to play it properly. Gosh, it’s hard. Great tune though, and there’s some lovely subtleties in the Wyper version, some of which I’ve incorporated, and some of which I will have to work on.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G, mostly in the key of Em.

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Josefin’s Dopvals

I’m having another go at melodeon.net’s tune of the month, this time in D because I wasn’t happy with the recording quality on my first go earlier in the month.

This go is on a Castagnari Giasco in D/G, and recorded directly onto phone, warts and all. This is a Roger Tallroth tune, of Vasen fame.

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