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Category: D/G

St Anne’s Reel

A somewhat more laid back version of this tune than the video I learned it from! French canadian, put also popular in the bluegrass and canadian traditions.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I D/G in D. tune of the month for March 2020.

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Farewell to Muirhead’s tune for February 2020 is this Robert Wallace’s bagpipe tune. I’m using the same settings/set up on the other video this month here: – so we’re on a Streb electronic melodeon as a midi wind controller, and playing some accompanying piano through the magic of multi-tracking.

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Flatwater Fran

This is a gorgeous tune written by Phil Cunningham. This time the recording is entirely electronic/midi, using the Streb melodeon as a very capable wind controlled midi controller. It’s doing the main tune on an ocarina sample, and a couple of admittedly less convincing bandoneon samples doing the basses. I’m using the samples off the DAW software, Mixcraft, and to be honest the accordion sounds aren’t as good as the built in ones on the Streb itself. I’ve multi-tracked a simple piano backing track to fill it out a bit.’s theme of the month for February 2020.

Imagery comes from here:

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The Height of Cader Idris

Theme of the month at for January 2020 is mountains, hills, etc – this air came instantly to mind. It’s traditional, but discovered/played by English instrumental trio Leveret and found on their album ‘In the Round’. Cader Idris is of course a mountain in mid Wales.

Played on the Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Hector the Hero played by Vivant (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

Mark and I recorded this last night while having a run through of tunes; I’m on the Castagnari Mory in D/G, although I’m playing it in single voice (I usually use either both high reeds, or all 3 reeds).

The photography is aerial shots taken of the area around Stony Stratford, taken from this blog:

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Jan Lucas’ / Tallis’ Canon played by Vivant (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

We’re playing at All Saints Church, Calverton, Near Milton Keynes, starting at 7pm on 12th October 2019.

Here by way of a short demo is a video of us trying out the acoustic, playing one of our old sets Jan Lucas’ / Tallis’ Canon. Jan Lucas’ is a misremembered version of Jan Lucas’ tune ‘The Obvious Mat’. It doesn’t bear a lot of resemblance to the original really. Tallis’ Canon was written by Thomas Tallis. It is of course a canon, so can be played in the round, but we play it straight. The sound is recorded straight from our playing in the church – no post-recording enhancements.

Tickets available for £10 (includes ploughman’s supper) from Odell’s in Stony Stratford High Street, or call Jill Barby on 01908 569245

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Hogmanay Jig / Jump at the Sun

The Hogmanay Jig is a Andrew Rankine tune – a scottish accordionist and band leader. Jump at the Sun is by John Kirkpatrick of course. 2 great 32 bar jigs which we play together in my Milton Keynes based ceilidh/barndance band Pamplemousse

Played as part of’s theme of the month for September 2019, jigs on a Saltarelle Elfique in D/G

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The Webley Twizzle

Tune of the month for September 2019 on is this morris tune. Unusual in it’s structure – it’s 4 bars in the A music, then 5 bars in the B music to fit the dance. This isn’t really a dance speed version of course.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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The Wounded Huzzar

Also known as Captain O’Kane, and originally composed by O’Carolan. A beautiful air, learned from the playing of Leveret as part of’s theme for August 2019, ‘Tunes you’ve just learned’ and played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Si Dolce è’l Tormento

A beautiful piece by Monteverdi, written in 1624 and originally a madrigal/song, here reworked for melodeon. Part of’s tune of the month for August 2019 ‘Tunes you’ve just learned’ and played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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