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Category: D/G

Adieu Les Filles de Mon Pays

Very appropriately, the tune to this french anti-war song is tune of the month at melodeon.net for November 2018. Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G in the key of D (in fact entirely on the D row).

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Chassepain / Baudemic

This month’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net is Gilles Chabenat’s wonderful 2 time bourree, Chassepain. Here I’m playing it with the other tune commonly played with it, Baudemic (also by Gilles Chabenatt). Used to play these years ago when I played a lot of french music, but they’ve kind of dropped out of the repertoire. Nice to learn them back up again.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G, in the key of D (which is what it’s typically played in sessions)

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The Valiant

A 48 bar jig composed by Simon Ritchie, a fine melodeon player and singer from Eastern England. Played on a Saltarelle L’Elfique in D/G (in G). Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for August 2018.

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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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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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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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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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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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Midnight on the Water (Electronic Version)

I’ve already recorded this tune earlier on the channel, so here’s a different approach. This time we’re playing on a Streb electronic melodeon, doing multi-tracked violin/strings through a Midi interface onto an iPad running ThumbJam.

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Elizabeth Clare (Second Version)

A second version of this, this time played in D (twice) and then G, on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I. I love this melodeon; it’s great at stuff like this. Elizabeth Clare was written by Chris Wood, and is melodeon.net’s tune of the month for November 2017.

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