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Sunshine

A quick run through Gregory Jolivet’s splendid schottische, ‘Sunshine’ – melodeon.net’s tune of the month for June 2021. A no frills straight down the line version in D on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.

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Eleanor Rigby (Father McKenzie’s Jig)

A version of Eleanor Rigby (the Beatles song, of course), but learned from De Dannan’s fantastic interpretation on their 2000 album, ‘Welcome to the Hotel Connemara’ – so it’s rather different. I’m playing it rather slower than the breakneck speed De Dannan play it at; it’s quite nice slower I think… but go listen to their version, because it’s great. It took me a little while to figure out why they also call it ‘Fr McKenzie’s’… until I remembered the Beatles lyrics. Doh!

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G for melodeon.net’s theme of the month for July 2021; ‘Alphabet Soup – E’

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Rain on the Woodpile

Here’s another tune! Half-learned up for a melodeon.net theme, still working on the other half of the set, Terminus. This tune (and Terminus, when I eventually learn it) are both Rob Harbron compositions.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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Florinda / Organdi

2 tunes written by Gilles Chabenat, learned from the playing of Andy Cutting. Played in D on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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Hotfoot 2 / Sweet Ginger

2 fast-ish reels written by Dave Whetstone, and lifted from his CD ‘The Resolution’. Pretty great tunes IMHO. Played for the Vaults Bar Virtual Session on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Paradise Mill

Another tune written nearly 30 years ago by yours truly… that I can still remember. It’s probably got something about it then, because I’ve written plenty of others, including some recorded on this channel, that I can’t! I lived in Macclesfield at the time, and the mill referred to in the title is this one:

https://macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk/venues/paradise-mill

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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Sun in September

Gosh, we’re going back in time here. I’ve certainly played my entire ‘up to date’ repertoire on this channel by now, so we’re going back to stuff I used to play, or in this case, never really did play. I wrote this one, probably about 1992. I wouldn’t claim it’s a musical masterpiece; in fact, I barely ever play it. But for some odd reason, I can still remember it – I’ve written plenty more tunes since then, and completely forgotten them. This one stuck, and it fact refuses to be forgotten, nearly 30 years later – it’s an earworm, like it or not. So here it is, now preserved for posterity.

Played for the Vaults Bar Virtual Session, May 2021. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Bergere de Coulandon / Jupes Fendues

2 ‘old school’ french 2-time bourrees from the playing of La Chavannee, and tunes I used to play in the 1990’s/2000’s down the George Inn and at London french dance club On Bouge. Here, resuscitated and recorded for the Vaults Bar virtual session. Cracking tunes, both of them. Like most of the La Chavannee repertoire, it may sound traditional but it was probably written by members of the band – Philippe Prieur and Fred Paris.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Childgrove

An entry for melodeon.net’s theme of the month for April 2021, and also for the Vaults Bar Lockdown Virtual Session on facebook. This is an old playford tune I’ve known for many a year – in fact I recorded it with Mark Prescott 20 years ago (!) on the first Vivant CD. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Unknown Schottische

OK, what’s this one called? A tune I’ve known for years and years, but don’t know the name. I *think* it comes from the playing of Marc Perrone, but have no idea why I think that, apart that I *might* have learned it at a folkworks workshop a very, very, long time ago. I’ve not got any recording of Marc playing it, and I’ve got quite a few of his albums. Nice tune though, so it’ll make a good recording for the Vaults Bar lockdown session 🙂

Played on a Hohner Lucia in D/G.

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