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The Lounge Bar

This is January 2019’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net – a lovely tune written by Annlaug Borsheim, a hardanger fiddle player and singer from Norway. A lovely slow jig, here played in D on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.

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The Babylon

This tune is an english traditional tune dug up from obscure manuscripts by Becky Price and featured on Boldwood’s album ‘Glory of the West’. I think it’s a cracking tune. Played here on a 12 bass Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa in C minor, but it fits fine on a standard 8 bass box too. Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for January 2019; tunes from the British Isles.

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An Italian Rant

A tune that goes by many names and found throughout Europe, but is known in the UK as ‘An Italian Rant’, which is it’s name in Playford’s Dancing Master. Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for December 2018.

Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb, in F minor.

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Adieu Les Filles de Mon Pays

Very appropriately, the tune to this french anti-war song is tune of the month at melodeon.net for November 2018. Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G in the key of D (in fact entirely on the D row).

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West End Mazurka

This fantastic mazurka was written by my good friend Chris Shaw; normally it’s played by GIG CB in a mostly fiddle led sound in D minor, but here I’m trying it on a G/C Hohner Lilliput, and it’s in A minor. Melodeon.net’s theme of the month; playing tunes by other melnet members.

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Hesleyside Reel

October’s tune of the month at Melodeon.net is this wonderful English tune. Played on a G/C Hohner Lilliput converted by Kay Albrecht.

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Trip to Milton Keynes

I wrote this little tune yesterday. I’ve been racking my brains for a tune to play for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for October 2018, which is transport and travel… and I can’t think of any I haven’t played yet – so I wrote one. I’m fairly confident no-one else have ever named a tune ‘Trip to Milton Keynes’ yet, and so I did. Played in C on a Hohner Lilliput in G/C.

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Chassepain / Baudemic

This month’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net is Gilles Chabenat’s wonderful 2 time bourree, Chassepain. Here I’m playing it with the other tune commonly played with it, Baudemic (also by Gilles Chabenatt). Used to play these years ago when I played a lot of french music, but they’ve kind of dropped out of the repertoire. Nice to learn them back up again.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G, in the key of D (which is what it’s typically played in sessions)

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Valse efter Tor Lohne

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.

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