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Category: Bb/Eb

The Origin of the World played on Electronic Melodeon

This is Dave Shepherd’s classic Mazurka as played on Blowzabella’s album Octomento and is melodeon.net’s tune of the month for March 2019. Quite a tricky one on melodeon. Here I’m playing it on a Streb electronic melodeon through midi to Mixcraft on a PC, and running it through a few different string samples. This isn’t multi tracked – it’s played (more or less) live.

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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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Upon a Winter’s Morn

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago on piano, and it transcribes nicely on melodeon too – it’s a 5 time waltz played here in C minor on a Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa. Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for December 2018, Christmas/Wintery/Festive tunes etc.

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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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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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Elizabeth Clare

A first attempt on this Chris Wood tune – I tried a couple of different versions of this – so thought I’d upload them both! This one is on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb, played in Eb.

Melodeon.net tune of the month for November 2017.

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Planxty Davis

A version of this tune composed by Thomas Connellan, an Irish harpist. This is a march time version, influenced by Nic Jones’ guitar version, rather than the hornpipe version common in irish set dancing circles.

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Morpeth Rant

A rather lovely traditional tune from northern England, and a true session classic. Here played in Bb, and then Eb, on a Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa.

Tune of the month for April 2017 at melodeon.net

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Florinda / Organdi

2 french marches written by Gilles Chabenat, and popularised in the UK at least by Chris Wood and Andy Cutting in the … 1990’s. My word, is it really that long ago? They both fit beautifully on a melodeon. Played on a Hohner Bb/Eb Preciosa, and mostly in Eb. Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for March 2017, er, Marches.

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Beetle on the Wine

Another take on this tune, played on a Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa (so we’re in Bb). Cracking reel written by Dave Whetstone of Albion Band and Cock and Bull Band fame. Melodeon.net tune of the month for March 2017…

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