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Mark Prescott and I play as a violin/melodeon duo, Vivant. We have 2 CDs – see

Vivre played by Vivant

Another tune from our June 2020 lockdown music morning where we played a few tunes on Horsefair Green in Stony Stratford together. That won’t make a lot of sense if you’re watching this 10 years in the future, but right now, we are bang in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, and are keeping 2 metres apart from each other, as is the rest of the country. Strange times. The tune is Vivre, written by Stephane Delicq.

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Hector the Hero played by Vivant

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

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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Rosbif Waltz played by Vivant

This tune comes from the playing of Rosbif, a band who introduced english audiences to traditional french music in the 1980’s, producing 2 classic albums. They simply call this “Waltz”, and it comes from the playing of Philippe Krumm, and his band Paris Centre. Generally, it tends to be referred to as the Rosbif Waltz, or sometimes Philippe Krumm’s.

We recorded this on the spur of the moment as my contribution to April 2019’s theme of the month – Runner Ups – tunes that didn’t manage to win the tune of the month poll.

I’m playing this on a 1930’s Hohner Club in C/F; Mark on a violin that he got many years ago, travelled round the world with, and done many, many, gigs with. It’s not the violin in the picture!

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Dorset 4 Hand Reel played by Vivant

A slowed down version of the Dorset 4 Hand Reel played on melodeon and violin by myself and my friend Mark Prescott. A spur of the moment recording to see what we could do with it, and for uploading as my contribution to’s tune of the month for April 2019.

I’m playing a Castagnari Mory in D/G; Mark’s playing… um, a violin!

Mark and I play as a duo, Vivant – our website is here:

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Far Away / Two Rivers played by Vivant

Here’s a quick demo recording Mark and I did a week or so back of a possible new tune set; Far Away (by Pete Jung) and Two Rivers (by Larry Unger). I did a solo version of Larry’s tune some time ago, but the version with Mark is much better 🙂

Learned as’s tune of the month for September 2016 and played on a Castagnari Giasco I in Bm (Far Away) and D (Two Rivers).

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Evening Glory played by Vivant

This was taken from our concert at Stony Stratford Parish Church, June 2014. Clive Williams on melodeon (Hohner C/F Modell 1) and Mark Prescott on Violin.Composer is Toon Van Mierlo of Naragonia.

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