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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 melodeon.net’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: www.vivantmusic.co.uk

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Grind Hans Jässpôdspolska

Here’s a slow take on this tune, played as part of melodeon.net’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 melodeon.net’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 melodeon.net’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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The Lounge Bar

This is January 2019’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net – a lovely tune written by Annlaug Borsheim, a hardanger fiddle player and singer from Norway. A lovely slow jig, here played in D on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.

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The Babylon

This tune is an english traditional tune dug up from obscure manuscripts by Becky Price and featured on Boldwood’s album ‘Glory of the West’. I think it’s a cracking tune. Played here on a 12 bass Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa in C minor, but it fits fine on a standard 8 bass box too. Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for January 2019; tunes from the British Isles.

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Upon a Winter’s Morn

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago on piano, and it transcribes nicely on melodeon too – it’s a 5 time waltz played here in C minor on a Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa. Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for December 2018, Christmas/Wintery/Festive tunes etc.

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An Italian Rant

A tune that goes by many names and found throughout Europe, but is known in the UK as ‘An Italian Rant’, which is it’s name in Playford’s Dancing Master. Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for December 2018.

Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb, in F minor.

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Adieu Les Filles de Mon Pays

Very appropriately, the tune to this french anti-war song is tune of the month at melodeon.net for November 2018. Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G in the key of D (in fact entirely on the D row).

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