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Category: Hohner Pokerwork

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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Tarantella

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 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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