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Category: Hohner Pokerwork

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 melodeon.net, January 2021.

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

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From Night Til Morn

This tune is melodeon.net’s Tune of the Month for July 2020; a lovely trad English tune. I’ve been experimenting with video editing recently – so it’s a duet!

Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G, and mixed with the Olive video editor.

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The Rose Tree / Duchess Dressed in Blue – Session Set

Another pair of tunes that I play fairly frequently in sessions recorded for the Vaults Bar virtual session. These have the distinct advantage of sitting perfectly on a standard 2 row D/G melodeon, but still have lots of musical possibilities. No extra basses, accidentals required.

Played on a Hohner D/G Pokerwork, during the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020.

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Orange in Bloom / Ville de Quebec – Session Set

Another in a short series of session tune sets being played as part of our local session at Stony Stratford’s Vaults Bar virtual group. Am recording (gradually) each of the tune sets I typically play at sessions – the repertoire is a little different to what i normally play on my channel, since being in a sensible key and good to join in with is important.

These 2 waltzes are Orange In Bloom (aka Sherbourne Waltz), and Chris Wood’s tune Ville de Quebec.

Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G

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Ganivelle

This wonderful schottische is another Fred Paris tune. A classic, and far too close to Galopede for me to remember it cleanly; always mix the two up! It’s melodeon.net’s tune of the month for May 2020.

Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G.

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Pterodactyl 2 Step / Drowsy Dragon

2 fantastic tunes written by Huw Williams (no relation!) and played as a showstopping set in the middle of Huw and Tony Williams’ gigs. Huw would lament how he’d right all these fantastic songs – he’s an outstanding songwriter, singer and guitarist – then people would come up and go ‘play the melodeon one mate’ … and this is it. Freakishly inventive and really quite tricky… talented, talented chap is old Huw. Played on a Hohner pokerwork in D/G, which you pretty much have to, because of how the accidentals work.

Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for June 2017 is ‘animals’. Didn’t say it had to be either non-extinct or non-fictional animals!

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Esperanza

A schottische written by great French accordion player, Marc Perrone – melodeon.net’s tune of the month for October 2015. Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G as an experiment into how much of this tune, which really needs accidentals, can be played on a simple 2 row melodeon.

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Dribbles of Brandy

Melodeon.net Tune of the Month for August 2015; this 32 bar jig is also known as ‘Brother of York’. Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G.

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