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The Tip-Top Polka

Straight down the line version of this really enjoyable polka as used by the Bacup Coconut Dancers. Melodeon.net tune of the month for May 2018.

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The Ookpik Waltz

I’ve taken this version of Frankie Rodgers’ fiddle tune from Forrest Crain’s melodeon version, which I really rather like. The tune has shifted quite a lot from Frankie’s original I notice, and there seems to be a lot of variation in the various fiddle versions out there, let alone the ones that sit on different instruments.

Played as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for May 2018, tunes from America – I guess this is part Canadian, and part USA.

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Tripping Upstairs

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for March 2018 is Tripping Upstairs; a popular jig. Here played on a Castagnari Giasco I (effectively a 12 bass Lilly) in D/G, pretty much all apart from the occasional note on the D row.

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Hotfoot 2 / Sweet Ginger by Dave Whetstone

Two fast reels played as part of Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for March 2018, Fast Tunes. These two were written by Dave Whetstone, and featured on his CD ‘The Resolution’. Dave gave up playing for a bit, but is doing occasional gigs now – which is great; he’s a really fine player.

The box I’m playing this on is a Robert Boutet Quebecois one row accordion in D.

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Portobello Hornpipe

A simple take on the Portobello hornpipe, which is melodeon.net’s tune of the month for February 2018. Played on a D/G Hohner Lucia in G.

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Radstock Jig

Here’s a take on this traditional old English tune, collected by Cecil Sharp. Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for February 2018, Traditional tunes.

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