This is January 2019’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net – a lovely tune written by Annlaug Borsheim, a hardanger fiddle player and singer from Norway. A lovely slow jig, here played in D on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’
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.