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Category: D/G

Set La Cardeuse

Theme of the month at melodeon.net for February 2024 is tunes from Canada. I’ve known these tunes a long time, but never tried to play them, so here they go… they fit on a standard 2 row Hohner Pokerwork in D/G just fine.

I learned them from the playing of Chris Wood, who learned from Martin Carthy, who learned from Lisa Ornstein. I’m sure it’s lost a lot of its original quebecois-ness on the way, but they remain great tunes. I gather the second tune is La Cardeuse, and the first unnamed, unless you know different.

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Cuckoo’s Nest (Alternative Version)

Tune of the month at melodeon.net for February 2024, here’s a different version to the one I normally play which is elsewhere on my channel. This one is in D major, and is based (as best I can remember it) off the version De Danaan recorded. It’s a pretty neat version. Pleasantly surprised to find that it sits on a Hohner Pokerwork just fine, so here it is played on a D/G.

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Sir Sidney Smith’s March – A Tutorial

This is a fantastic tune, and melodeon.net’s tune of the month for December 2023. Quite tricky, so here I break it down to its individual bits, and take you through how to play it.

I’m playing it on a D/G Hohner Pokerwork, so it should work on any 2 row 8 bass box. On my melodeon, it’s a 3rd button start, the basses have the thirds taped off, and the B bass note is an octave lower than most boxes. Doesn’t matter for this tune of course.

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Down in Yon Forest

It’s December, and with that it’s time to play a Christmas tune for melodeon.net’s theme of the month. This is the Corpus Christi carol, otherwise known as ‘Down in Yon Forest’. I believe there are other Corpus Christi carols 🙂

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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Yxi Kaunis Papillinen Polska

Here’s a traditional Finnish fiddle tune called Yxi Kaunis Papillinen Polska, my entry for melodeon.net’s theme of the month, tunes that start with Y. It turns out to be quite a tricky letter to find a tune for! This one is from the album Zwei Mannborgs, who do an amazing version for two harmoniums. The title broadly translates to ‘one beautiful priestly polska’.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Drummond Castle

This melodeon is for sale (August 2023); this is a quick demo video – it’s got 2 sets of medium reeds and one set of low (which are switched off in this video). Also see the videos for the Elfique with the low reed engaged, and the 1930s Hohner.

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Winster Gallop

Nice simple tune this one, played for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month – tunes starting with W.

Played on Saltarelle Elfique D/G, in G.

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Polperro Bay

Ollie King’s tune, which is tune of the month for July 2023 over at melodeon.net. Quite hard to figure out a way to play this without having the full range of low notes, so I’ve gone for playing it (mostly) in the upper octave.

Played on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I in D; I believe the original is written in G.

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Unknown Breton Tune,

OK folks, what’s this called? I’ve known it “all my life” and when I pick a melodeon up, and press a few keys on the pull, this comes out. It just plays so naturally. I think it’s probably a Breton song or intro to a gavotte, or similar, but I have no idea beyond that. Any ideas?

Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory.

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