Theme of the month at melodeon.net for January 2020 is mountains, hills, etc – this air came instantly to mind. It’s traditional, but discovered/played by English instrumental trio Leveret and found on their album ‘In the Round’. Cader Idris is of course a mountain in mid Wales.
Mark and I recorded this last night while having a run through of tunes; I’m on the Castagnari Mory in D/G, although I’m playing it in single voice (I usually use either both high reeds, or all 3 reeds).
The photography is aerial shots taken of the area around Stony Stratford, taken from this blog: http://aerialstony.blogspot.com/
We’re playing at All Saints Church, Calverton, Near Milton Keynes, starting at 7pm on 12th October 2019.
Here by way of a short demo is a video of us trying out the acoustic, playing one of our old sets Jan Lucas’ / Tallis’ Canon. Jan Lucas’ is a misremembered version of Jan Lucas’ tune ‘The Obvious Mat’. It doesn’t bear a lot of resemblance to the original really. Tallis’ Canon was written by Thomas Tallis. It is of course a canon, so can be played in the round, but we play it straight. The sound is recorded straight from our playing in the church – no post-recording enhancements.
Tickets available for £10 (includes ploughman’s supper) from Odell’s in Stony Stratford High Street, or call Jill Barby on 01908 569245
Tune of the month for September 2019 on melodeon.net is this morris tune. Unusual in it’s structure – it’s 4 bars in the A music, then 5 bars in the B music to fit the dance. This isn’t really a dance speed version of course.
Also known as Captain O’Kane, and originally composed by O’Carolan. A beautiful air, learned from the playing of Leveret as part of Melodeon.net’s theme for August 2019, ‘Tunes you’ve just learned’ and played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.
A beautiful piece by Monteverdi, written in 1624 and originally a madrigal/song, here reworked for melodeon. Part of Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for August 2019 ‘Tunes you’ve just learned’ and played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G
This video was recorded at our concert in St Mary and St Giles Church, Stony Stratford in June 2019. The tune is the Liverpool Hornpipe; a traditional tune that we play a bit slower than most. Mark Prescott on violin; Clive Williams on melodeon.
A slowed down version of the Dorset 4 Hand Reel played on melodeon and violin by myself and my friend Mark Prescott. A spur of the moment recording to see what we could do with it, and for uploading as my contribution to melodeon.net’s tune of the month for April 2019.
I’m playing a Castagnari Mory in D/G; Mark’s playing… um, a violin!
Mark and I play as a duo, Vivant – our website is here: www.vivantmusic.co.uk