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Category: Castagnari Mory

Dorset 4 Hand Reel played by Clive Williams and Mark Prescott (Vivant)

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

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Grind Hans Jässpôdspolska

Here’s a slow take on this tune, played as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for March 2019, Slow Tunes.

This is a wedding polska from Sweden, traditional but played by/collected from Erik Petters. I’m playing it slower than normal, and probably with a few extra beats here and there, so whether it is still truly a polska is debatable.

Also known as CEG.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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Paddy Carey’s

This is melodeon.net’s tune of the month for February 2019. A 48 bar jig in G, here played a bit more slowly than I would normally for dance.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Chassepain / Baudemic

This month’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net is Gilles Chabenat’s wonderful 2 time bourree, Chassepain. Here I’m playing it with the other tune commonly played with it, Baudemic (also by Gilles Chabenatt). Used to play these years ago when I played a lot of french music, but they’ve kind of dropped out of the repertoire. Nice to learn them back up again.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G, in the key of D (which is what it’s typically played in sessions)

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Batiska

A tune I’ve been trying to learn for ages; this is Batiska written by Toon van Mierlo of Naragonia. A fast waltz on the album – a very fast waltz – this version is a bit more stately, but still pretty quick. Melodeon.net theme of the month for June 2018 is Everest tunes – tunes you find really, really hard… and yes, it’s taken me ages to get my head around it.

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Les Deux Freres

A lovely tune by Toon van Mierlo of Naragonia, and melodeon.net’s tune of the month for April 2018. Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory.

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La Bataille sur Le Petit Arbre

Theme of the Month for Melodeon.net in July is ‘Tunes from Somewhere Else’ – tunes from places or cultures you don’t normally play. Well, I can’t play cajun music for love nor money, but this cajun waltz is just a corker. I learned it off the playing of one of the early Kathryn Tickell Band incarrnations, to which this is fairly accurate, but the original original cajun version is nothing like this. You can hear it, but it’s clearly changed feel and style in the translation to Kathryn. She learned it from the Boat Band, a cajun band from Cheshire if I recall. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G… though being cajun in origin, this is in A mixolydian. It relies on a low G note, without which you can’t do the turn around at the end of each section.

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The Bluemont Waltz

Rodney Miller’s waltz, here slowed down and played in the Vivant style. Played in G on a D/G Castagnari Mory; Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for May 2017.

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The South Wind

This month’s melodeon.net tune of the month; The South Wind, a 1700’s Irish trad tune. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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