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Category: D/G

An Dro

OK folks, what’s this tune called? This is quite a popular session tune in the UK, and though it is an an dro (breton dance), I’m playing it more in session style, than dance style. It was popularised by the Late Night Band in the 1980/1990’s in the UK; it’s a 4 parter… you know, that one. What’s it called?

Played on a D/G Hohner Pokerwork.

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The South Wind

Thought I’ve have a quick go at this one for the vaults bar online session; the sort of thing I might play in a session, but I don’t think I ever have. It’s quite nice – perhaps I will once things open up?

Played on a Castagnari Giasco in D/G.

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Waffelwaltzen

A ‘sweet as a nut’ tune written by Ale Moller, and learned in the traditional way, off a Chris Wood and Andy Cutting CD.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco in D/G.

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I Like You You’re Common

Another recording for the vaults bar lockdown sessions in Stony Stratford. I’ve played pretty much everything I know by now, but not this one. This is an Andy Cutting tune, written for the Cecil Sharp project collaboration in about 2015 I think. Nice simple one row tune with lots of drive.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G (but exclusively on the D row).

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A Sad Farewell

Another lockdown session contribution for the Vaults Bar in Stony Stratford – just learned this one. It’s written by American guitarist/singer Jim Henry, whose concerts with Tracy Grammer I’ve been listening to a lot lately. They’re pretty fantastic; find them here on youtube if you haven’t already.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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Afterhours

A lovely 5 time waltz written by Frankie Cleeve from North London. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G as part of the melodeon.net theme of the month for February 2020, Alphabet Soup – A, and also for the Vaults Bar lockdown session.

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Tarantella

A fairly common tarantella; don’t know if it has a more descriptive name – sorry! It has an usual bit in the a music where it steps back a beat for a large part of it, making up for it at the end of the a music where it skips a beat. So, 32 bars. I’m not entirely sure this is how it should be played, and sometimes I play it straight without the backstep and skip, especially in sessions and for barndances. Not here though! Played on a Hohner pokerwork in D/G.

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Farley Bridge

A rather nice tune by Duncan Chisholm that I’ve just learned up. It turns out it plays rather more easily in the upper octave. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Barroom Branle

A tune written by Rob Kay in the 1980s, who used to play keyboards with dance band Tickled Pink. A fairly unusual structure, the A music is in D, the B music in C. Played for the ‘New Tunes’ theme on melodeon.net, January 2021.

Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G. You need a F natural accidental to play this tune.

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