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Bonny Kate (Jig)

Here’s a reworking of Bonny Kate, the english reel, here played as a jig. I think it goes quite well. Played in F on a C/F Hohner Club I and part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for October 2019, Old Tune of the Months.

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Jan Lucas’ / Tallis’ Canon played by Vivant (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

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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Hogmanay Jig / Jump at the Sun

The Hogmanay Jig is a Andrew Rankine tune – a scottish accordionist and band leader. Jump at the Sun is by John Kirkpatrick of course. 2 great 32 bar jigs which we play together in my Milton Keynes based ceilidh/barndance band Pamplemousse www.pamplemousseband.co.uk

Played as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for September 2019, jigs on a Saltarelle Elfique in D/G

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The Webley Twizzle

Tune of the month for September 2019 on melodeon.net is this morris tune. Unusual in it’s structure – it’s 4 bars in the A music, then 5 bars in the B music to fit the dance. This isn’t really a dance speed version of course.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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The Wounded Huzzar

Also known as Captain O’Kane, and originally composed by O’Carolan. A beautiful air, learned from the playing of Leveret as part of Melodeon.net’s theme for August 2019, ‘Tunes you’ve just learned’ and played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Si Dolce è’l Tormento

A beautiful piece by Monteverdi, written in 1624 and originally a madrigal/song, here reworked for melodeon. Part of Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for August 2019 ‘Tunes you’ve just learned’ and played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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Tripping Upstairs Hornpipe

Whoops! I accidentally ran this tune of the month twice (it ran last year too), so here’s a ‘different’ version of it, switched to 4/4 and played as a quickish hornpipe.

Melodeon.net tune of the month (again) for August 2019 and played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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Lucy Farr’s

I’ve just learned this off my violin playing friend Mark Prescott – it’s full name is I believe Lucy Farr’s barndance. Not necessarily written by Lucy, but from her repertoire. Simple, but so effective.

Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb, as part of Melodeon.net’s theme for July 2019, ‘Tunes you’ve just learned’.

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The Rope Waltz

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for June 2019 is that traditional waltz from the Orkney Islands. Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb.

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