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Category: Hohner Pokerwork


A schottische written by Andy Cutting,’s tune of the month for February 2023. Nice and straightforward… unless I’m playing it wrong, of course. Played in Bb on a Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa.

Re-uploaded with improved sound.

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Manus Lunny’s Terracotta Plower Pop

Also known as Para Handy’s, since it was used as the theme for the 1990’s remake of Tales of Para Handy on scottish TV. Written by accordion genius Phil Cunningham.

Played, rather tangentially, for’s theme of the month for October 2022, tunes whose names start with P.

Played on a standard, albeit dry tuned, Hohner Pokerwork in D/G.

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The Quaker

A straight take of the english tune, The Quaker,’s tune of the month for July 2022. Great tune, which suits beautifully on the 2 row 8 bass D/G Pokerwork.

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Jiggery Pokerwork

A quick go at this John Spiers tune, played on a Hohner Pokerwork (of course). Great tune, and an alltime classic I think. Pleasantly surprised to find I can play it 🙂 theme of the month for February 2022, ‘Tunes that start with J’ – we’re working our way through the alphabet!

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Long Odds’s tune of the month for November 2021, a cracking english reel. Harder than it looks! Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G.

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Flatbush Waltz

Another tune that ‘starts with F’ –’s theme of the month for August 2021. This is a lovely tune written by Andy Statman, and until this month, not one that I thought fitted on melodeon – it does, but you need to play it in B minor rather than E minor.

Played on a standard D/G Hohner Pokerwork.

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An Dro

OK folks, what’s this tune called? This is quite a popular session tune in the UK, and though it is an an dro (breton dance), I’m playing it more in session style, than dance style. It was popularised by the Late Night Band in the 1980/1990’s in the UK; it’s a 4 parter… you know, that one. What’s it called?

Played on a D/G Hohner Pokerwork.

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A fairly common tarantella; don’t know if it has a more descriptive name – sorry! It has an usual bit in the a music where it steps back a beat for a large part of it, making up for it at the end of the a music where it skips a beat. So, 32 bars. I’m not entirely sure this is how it should be played, and sometimes I play it straight without the backstep and skip, especially in sessions and for barndances. Not here though! Played on a Hohner pokerwork in D/G.

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Barroom Branle

A tune written by Rob Kay in the 1980s, who used to play keyboards with dance band Tickled Pink. A fairly unusual structure, the A music is in D, the B music in C. Played for the ‘New Tunes’ theme on, January 2021.

Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G. You need a F natural accidental to play this tune.

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