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Category: Tunings

Batiska

A tune I’ve been trying to learn for ages; this is Batiska written by Toon van Mierlo of Naragonia. A fast waltz on the album – a very fast waltz – this version is a bit more stately, but still pretty quick. Melodeon.net theme of the month for June 2018 is Everest tunes – tunes you find really, really hard… and yes, it’s taken me ages to get my head around it.

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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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Les Deux Freres

A lovely tune by Toon van Mierlo of Naragonia, and melodeon.net’s tune of the month for April 2018. Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory.

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Camdence

A mazurka written by Gregory Jolivet of Blowzabella, and learned from their latest album “Two Score”. Fits on melodeon really quite nicely, needing a small accidental note at the end of the B music, but that’s about it.

Melodeon.net’s theme of the month is mazurkas; this video is part of that. Played on a restored 1920’s Hohner in G/C

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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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La Candela

Cyrille Brotto is a *fantastic* French melodeon player, on a different level from us mere mortals. This is one of his more famous tunes, a lovely mazurka, as played in his duo Brotto-Lopez (but without the singing!).

Played on a Castagnari Giasco in D/G, mostly on the G row, though it’s one of those tunes where I’m not entirely sure what key it is – one of the less common minor keys I think.

Obligatory improvised section 3rd time through 🙂

Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for January 2018, ‘New Tunes’

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