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Category: Van der Aa

La Seduisante played by Vivant

This 5 time waltz is another Stephane Delicq tune, which Mark and I are working up at the minute. With the lockdown restarting things are on pause for a bit, but we recorded this a week ago for the Vaults Bar lockdown session a few days before lockdown started again.

I’m playing the Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.

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Nadieja played by Vivant

This mazurka was written by Stephane Delicq, whose music I’m very much into at the moment; learning up quite a few of his tunes. We haven’t recorded this on our CDs (yet) – who knows perhaps one day we will. If you’re interested in seeing what we have recorded visit

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Vas Y Mimile

Marc Perrone’s classic tune, and an absolute nightmare to learn. Another tune I’ve known for goodness knows how many years, but not actually played in earnest. Here we go! Played for the Vaults Bar lockdown session, October 2020. Not that I’d ever have the nerve to try this in a real session. It’s in 4 parts, (approx) structure, A-B-C-B-D-B-A-B.

Played on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C

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Eklunda Polska No 3

Recorded for the vaults lockdown session, 2020 – a traditional Swedish Polska. I make no claims as to accuracy of the Polska rhythm however – they’re a bit of a beast to master.

Played on a van der aa compact iii in G/C.

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I’ve recorded this for the Vaults bar virtual session; the real thing being still out of commission, courtesy of the 2020 covid 19 epidemic.

An experimentation with a different audio/video recording setup too; inspired to experiment by some of the great quality recordings I’ve seen by professional musicians doing lockdown videos. I think the sound is vastly improved – this is the best sounding recording I’ve ever got of the Van der Aa which I’ve always found hard to record with good balance. Video is rubbish though. Ah well, lesson learned – different camera next time.

Played on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.

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Motorway Mazurka

A tune played for’s theme of the month for August 2020, Civil Engineering 🙂

This was written by Jon Swayne of Blowzabella, on a motorway.

Played on a Van der Aa Compact III melodeon in G/C.

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Molly Oxford

A quick run through of this on the Van der Aa melodeon in G/C for the Vaults Bar Virtual Session; we’re in C here. Recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020.

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Roslin and Adama

This piece is from Bear McCreary’s score for the 2004 TV version of Battlestar Galactica. It wasn’t written with the melodeon in mind, so I’ve had to work quite hard to make it fit. It’s a lovely piece that fits on the piano too.

Played on a Van der Aa melodeon in G/C for’s theme of the month for July 2020, TV music.

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Schottische Adele Blanc-Sec

Another quick contribution for the Virtual Vaults Bar Session, and also for’s theme of the month. This is Frederic Paris’ schottische Adele Blanc-Sec, played on a Van der Aa melodeon in G/C (so we’re in Am).

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