Another tune from our June 2020 lockdown music morning where we played a few tunes on Horsefair Green in Stony Stratford together. That won’t make a lot of sense if you’re watching this 10 years in the future, but right now, we are bang in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, and are keeping 2 metres apart from each other, as is the rest of the country. Strange times. The tune is Vivre, written by Stephane Delicq.
I learned this tune a *long* time ago, and still enjoy playing it. I don’t normally play it “out” though. It’s a Jean Blanchard fast waltz, played in Em on a Castagnari Mory in D/G, and played for both the Vaults Bar virtual session and melodeon.net theme of the month “Minor Tunes”.
Another of a series of tune sets that I play in sessions that I’m recording every week or so for the Vaults Bar virtual session. I used to play these 2 with GIG CB, and indeed they’re on their first CD “Giant!” (recorded 20+ years ago!).
These are waltzes in Em (played on a D/G Castagnari Mory) written by Jon Swayne and Andy Cutting respectively. Flatworld is pretty much “traditional” now, of course.
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.