This comes from the playing of John Dipper and Dave Malkin, who play an exquisite version on their album ‘ Tricks of the Trade’. I believe it is based on a traditional tune, but John and Dave have given it a radical rewrite and turned it into something really quite beautiful… when they play it anyway! Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for May 2019 is Morris Tunes, and this is my contribution – to see how close I could get to the musicality of John and Dave’s version. Really quite hard, and the melodeon face is much in evidence. There’s still a lot of work to do on this to get it close, but it’s not bad for a week or two’s work.
This fantastic mazurka was written by my good friend Chris Shaw; normally it’s played by GIG CB in a mostly fiddle led sound in D minor, but here I’m trying it on a G/C Hohner Lilliput, and it’s in A minor. Melodeon.net’s theme of the month; playing tunes by other melnet members.
October’s tune of the month at Melodeon.net is this wonderful English tune. Played on a G/C Hohner Lilliput converted by Kay Albrecht.
I wrote this little tune yesterday. I’ve been racking my brains for a tune to play for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for October 2018, which is transport and travel… and I can’t think of any I haven’t played yet – so I wrote one. I’m fairly confident no-one else have ever named a tune ‘Trip to Milton Keynes’ yet, and so I did. Played in C on a Hohner Lilliput in G/C.
This beautiful, beautiful tune was played by Chris Wood and Andy Cutting in the 1990’s – It’s one of my version piano pieces, but I’ve tried without success to get a decent melodeon version of it for years. This month’s melodeon.net theme following the ‘tunes with names in them’ theme; thought I’d try again as a bit of a challenge. It’s not that hard to play, but it’s hard to get the musicality in it.
Here I’m playing on a G/C Van der Aa Compact III in A minor.
This wonderful tune is one of the first tunes I ever learned. Very well known, but not often played (at least in sessions I go to), because it’s very well known. It’s great. Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for August 2018.
Traditional tune from North East England. Played on a Kay Albrecht Lilliput in G/C (so we’re in C) – it’s more commonly played (on melodeon anyway) in G.
This is a version of Eric Theze’s wonderful mazurka/slow waltz “Arthur” learned mostly from Massimo Craveri’s lovely version. Eric is a truly incredible musician and composer on bandoneon, piano, and many other instruments too. Played as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for July 2018.
Here played on a Van der Aa Compact III melodeon in G/C.
I’ve uploaded a piano version too here https://youtu.be/QqwF637s7qo
This tune by Sam Sweeney is Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for July 2018. It can be found on Leveret’s album Inventions which rather thoughtfully includes the music of the tunes in the CD case!
Played here on a G/C Van der Aa Compact III melodeon.
Straight down the line version of this really enjoyable polka as used by the Bacup Coconut Dancers. Melodeon.net tune of the month for May 2018.
I’ve taken this version of Frankie Rodgers’ fiddle tune from Forrest Crain’s melodeon version, which I really rather like. The tune has shifted quite a lot from Frankie’s original I notice, and there seems to be a lot of variation in the various fiddle versions out there, let alone the ones that sit on different instruments.
Played as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for May 2018, tunes from America – I guess this is part Canadian, and part USA.