This comes from the playing of John Dipper and Dave Malkin, who play an exquisite version on their album ‘ Tricks of the Trade’. I believe it is based on a traditional tune, but John and Dave have given it a radical rewrite and turned it into something really quite beautiful… when they play it anyway! Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for May 2019 is Morris Tunes, and this is my contribution – to see how close I could get to the musicality of John and Dave’s version. Really quite hard, and the melodeon face is much in evidence. There’s still a lot of work to do on this to get it close, but it’s not bad for a week or two’s work.
Category: Van der Aa
This beautiful, beautiful tune was played by Chris Wood and Andy Cutting in the 1990’s – It’s one of my version piano pieces, but I’ve tried without success to get a decent melodeon version of it for years. This month’s melodeon.net theme following the ‘tunes with names in them’ theme; thought I’d try again as a bit of a challenge. It’s not that hard to play, but it’s hard to get the musicality in it.
Here I’m playing on a G/C Van der Aa Compact III in A minor.
This is a version of Eric Theze’s wonderful mazurka/slow waltz “Arthur” learned mostly from Massimo Craveri’s lovely version. Eric is a truly incredible musician and composer on bandoneon, piano, and many other instruments too. Played as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for July 2018.
Here played on a Van der Aa Compact III melodeon in G/C.
I’ve uploaded a piano version too here https://youtu.be/QqwF637s7qo
This tune by Sam Sweeney is Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for July 2018. It can be found on Leveret’s album Inventions which rather thoughtfully includes the music of the tunes in the CD case!
Played here on a G/C Van der Aa Compact III melodeon.
2 Christmas tunes played as part of melodeon.net’s theme for December 2017, which is of course a Christmas themes again. These are played on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C, in C.
A take on French Carpenter’s ‘Old Christmas Morning’ – an amazing crooked Old Time fiddle tune from West Virginia. Learned off David Bragger’s excellent tutorial videos, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63oKr50vbh0
Played for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for December 2016, Christmas/Winter tunes on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.
A rearrangement of the Largo section from Winter in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Not largo anymore; it comes out as a cracking irregular, very irregular, polka here played in G and C – it switches key in the middle.
Played on a Van der Aa melodeon in G/C; part of melodeon.net’s Theme of the Month for June 2016 – Seasons
A beautiful tune written by Nino Rota, played for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for February 2016. Played on a G/C/# Van der Aa melodeon.