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Category: D/G


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. 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’s tune of the month for April 2018. Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory.

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Tripping Upstairs’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’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’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’s tune of the month for November 2017.

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Planxty Madame Maxwell

An O’Carolan march, played for’s tune of the month for October 2017. Played on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.

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La Bataille sur Le Petit Arbre

Theme of the Month for in July is ‘Tunes from Somewhere Else’ – tunes from places or cultures you don’t normally play. Well, I can’t play cajun music for love nor money, but this cajun waltz is just a corker. I learned it off the playing of one of the early Kathryn Tickell Band incarrnations, to which this is fairly accurate, but the original original cajun version is nothing like this. You can hear it, but it’s clearly changed feel and style in the translation to Kathryn. She learned it from the Boat Band, a cajun band from Cheshire if I recall. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G… though being cajun in origin, this is in A mixolydian. It relies on a low G note, without which you can’t do the turn around at the end of each section.

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Seven Stars

Here’s an old favourite, played simply on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I. This is in D, and all on the D row – a classic jig, and a favourite of sessions everywhere.’s tune of the month for July 2017 – we’re revisiting old favourites for a while.

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