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Category: Tunings

Lucy Farr’s

I’ve just learned this off my violin playing friend Mark Prescott – it’s full name is I believe Lucy Farr’s barndance. Not necessarily written by Lucy, but from her repertoire. Simple, but so effective.

Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb, as part of Melodeon.net’s theme for July 2019, ‘Tunes you’ve just learned’.

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The Rope Waltz

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for June 2019 is that traditional waltz from the Orkney Islands. Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb.

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The Blarney Pilgrim

June 2019’s theme at melodeon.net is 48 bar tunes, and here’s one of my favourites. A well known tune, common in sessions, but it’s still one of my favourite things when someone starts it. I’m playing a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb.

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Fidler’s Morris

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.

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The Fighting Temeraire

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for May 2019 is Sandy’s tune ‘The Fighting Temeraire’. I’m playing this on a Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa which seems to suit it very nicely. Nice one Sandy 🙂

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Trumpet Tune and Air (Purcell)

Melodeon.net’s theme of the month is tunes that didn’t win a previous tune of the month poll. There’s some great tunes amongst that lot, including this which I learned off my mate Alan Day who plays a terrific concertina version. I’m playing this on an A/D Castagnari Lilly, in D.

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Rosbif Waltz played by Vivant (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

This tune comes from the playing of Rosbif, a band who introduced english audiences to traditional french music in the 1980’s, producing 2 classic albums. They simply call this “Waltz”, and it comes from the playing of Philippe Krumm, and his band Paris Centre. Generally, it tends to be referred to as the Rosbif Waltz, or sometimes Philippe Krumm’s.

We recorded this on the spur of the moment as my contribution to April 2019’s melodeon.net theme of the month – Runner Ups – tunes that didn’t manage to win the tune of the month poll.

I’m playing this on a 1930’s Hohner Club in C/F; Mark on a violin that he got many years ago, travelled round the world with, and done many, many, gigs with. It’s not the violin in the picture!

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