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Category: Castagnari Mory

The Height of Cader Idris

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.

Played on the Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Hector the Hero played by Vivant (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

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/

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Jan Lucas’ / Tallis’ Canon played by Vivant (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

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

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The Webley Twizzle

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.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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The Wounded Huzzar

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.

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Si Dolce è’l Tormento

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

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Tripping Upstairs Hornpipe

Whoops! I accidentally ran this tune of the month twice (it ran last year too), so here’s a ‘different’ version of it, switched to 4/4 and played as a quickish hornpipe.

Melodeon.net tune of the month (again) for August 2019 and played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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

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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