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Category: Van der Aa

Wassailing / I Saw Three Ships

2 Christmas tunes played as part of’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.

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Old Christmas Morning

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:

Played for’s theme of the month for December 2016, Christmas/Winter tunes on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.

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The History Man

A lovely tune written by Andy Cutting, here played on a G/C/# Van der Aa melodeon in C (normally, this would be in G). tune of the month for February 2016

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What Sweeter Music

A version of John Rutter’s carol from Robert Herrick’s 17th Century poem. It doesn’t follow the original exactly; there’s a couple of extra repeats in there, and we’ve lost the difficult key change at the end of it, but it’s as close as I can get on a melodeon! Played for’s Christmas theme December 2015 on a Van der Aa melodeon in G/C.

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Famous and wonderful waltz written by Andy Cutting; with many, many different versions of it out there. Here’s my reasonably straightforward take on it for’s tune of the month for December 2015. Played on a Van der Aa in G/C (so it the tune comes out in Am).

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Bourree No.32 from Terpsichore

From Michael Praetorius 1612 book, ‘Terpsichore’, comes this lovely happy tune. Played as part of’s theme of the month for September 2015, Something Obscure – this isn’t obscure in the classical world I admit, but it is in the melodeon world.

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

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A beautiful but simple waltz from Denmark, learned many years ago from my good friends Derek and Lynn Chivers. A sedate English country dance waltz rather than a quicker French-style one.

Played on an 18 bass Van der Aa Compact melodeon in G/C/#, but this plays just fine on a one or two row box. theme of the month for August 2015; waltzes

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La Choca

A lovely waltz from southern France, learned from the playing of Chris Wood and Andy Cutting. This month’s theme of the month on is runners up, and I’ve tried to get this one through the poll on several occasions, it’s such a good tune. Came desperately close in April 2012!

Here played on a newly commissioned Van der Aa Compact 3 18 bass G/C/# melodeon, albeit that this tune could with a bit arrangement fit on an 8 bass without too much effort.

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