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Fidler’s Morris

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!’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.

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Trumpet Tune and Air (Purcell)’s theme of the month is tunes that didn’t win a previous tune of the month poll. There’s some great tunes amongst that lot, including this which I learned off my mate Alan Day who plays a terrific concertina version. I’m playing this on an A/D Castagnari Lilly, in D.

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Rosbif Waltz played by Vivant (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

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 (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

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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Grind Hans Jässpôdspolska

Here’s a slow take on this tune, played as part of’s theme of the month for March 2019, Slow Tunes.

This is a wedding polska from Sweden, traditional but played by/collected from Erik Petters. I’m playing it slower than normal, and probably with a few extra beats here and there, so whether it is still truly a polska is debatable.

Also known as CEG.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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The Origin of the World on Electronic Melodeon

This is Dave Shepherd’s classic Mazurka as played on Blowzabella’s album Octomento and is’s tune of the month for March 2019. Quite a tricky one on melodeon. Here I’m playing it on a Streb electronic melodeon through midi to Mixcraft on a PC, and running it through a few different string samples. This isn’t multi tracked – it’s played (more or less) live.

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Paddy Carey’s

This is’s tune of the month for February 2019. A 48 bar jig in G, here played a bit more slowly than I would normally for dance.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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