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Category: Bb/Eb

Trip to Barnard

I heard this tune on Will Allen’s facebook feed, and it’s also on Dave Shepherd and Becky Price’s album Ashburnham. Trad English, with a very, very unfortunately topical name.

[[[ For those watching in the future, it’s currently June 2020, we’re in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Dominic Cummings has just blown up the whole strategy of lockdown to control it by deciding to take his family 250 miles due north in the middle of the lockdown, while ill, and then go on a 30 mile day trip to “check his eyesight” to Barnard Castle. Honestly, check the wiki page. It’s hysterical. ]]]

Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for June 2020, “The Great Outdoors”, and played on a Streb electronic melodeon. I think we’re in C melodic minor.

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The Railway

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for April 2020 (and also for our weekly virtual session for the Vaults Bar Stony Stratford) is this little jig, ‘The Railway’. Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb.

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Derriere les Carreaux

A slightly different version of Frederic Paris’ schottische, which is tune of the month at melodeon.net this month (November 2019). Lovely tune, been playing it for *years* which makes it hard to find anything different to do with it!

Here played on a Hohner Preciosa 12 bass in Bb/Eb. (we’re on the inside row, so we’re playing in F minor).

If you want to hear how I’d play it normally, here I am playing it live in concert with my mate Mark Prescott a few years back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5_-ZfY38gs

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Leyas Vaggvisa

Here’s my take on Lars Karlsson’s tune Leyas Vaggvisa. I’ve reworked it into the style of a nordic bridal march, turning the time signature into 4/4 in the process. It works quite well (I think) but the sound quality isn’t what I’d hoped – I’m recording directly from the Streb’s line output using the internal midi synthesiser. I’m playing mostly on the inside row of a Bb/Eb melodeon setting.

Melodeon.net tune of the month for October 2019.

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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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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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