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2 French Bourrees

Here’s 2 french bourrees – the first one a 2 time bourree in 2/4, and the second a three time bourree in 3/8. Classic french tunes, sneakily put together to encourage dancers to do a normal line bourree to the first, then a distressingly quick line bourree to the second as the pace suddenly snaps up!

Played on a very recently restored (by ace melodeon restorer Mike Rowbotham) Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb (which puts these tunes in C minor).

The first is ‘Last Chance Bourree’ by Michel Pichon; the second is ‘Entre Deux’, which is traditional as far as I know.

Part of melodeon.net’s French theme of the month for August 2010

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The Nutting Girl, alternative version

A different take on the classic morris tune, The Nutting Girl – this time it’s turned into a minor key (C minor actually), and played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb – a recent ebay purchase, rebuilt for me by ace melodeon restorer Mike Rowbotham.
If the sound on this video is a little iffy, it’s my recording (oops, deleted the main sound file, had to use the backup), not the melodeon!

Part of www.melodeon.net’s tune of the month for August 2010.

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3 French Waltzes

3 Waltzes, played as part of melodeon.net’s Theme of the Month August 2010 – “Tunes from France”.

1) Pirouette, written by the late, great Stephane Delicq
2) L’amant de Saint Jean, written by Emile Carrera
3) Les Flots du Danube, written by Iosef Ivanovici, which makes it a Romanian tune. Oops. Never knew that until tonight when I thought it might be polite to credit the composer and looked into it!

Played on a Hohner Club C/F melodeon (all the tunes are in D minor).

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Nutting Girl

Here’s this month’s Tune of the Month from www.melodeon.net – The Nutting Girl, a classic morris tune. This version isn’t meant to be any of the many different morris variants in particular; it’s just how I came to play it when I picked up my box tonight, and is therefore somewhat of a mongrel.

Played by Clive Williams on a 1930’s Hohner Club melodeon in C/F.

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Handel: Minuet from Berenice played on a Streb Electronic Melodeon

One of my favourite pieces of classical music ever, which just happens to fit on a melodeon beautifully.

Played on a Streb eMelodeon using Church Organ sound samples – I’m available for weddings at very reasonable rates!

If anyone wants to try and learn this one in a more socially acceptable key (this is in Eb), I’ve got an mp3 of it played in G (not quite as error free as this take though!); just drop me a note.

Melodeon.net’s July 2010 Theme of the Month – “Tunes you wouldn’t expect on a melodeon”. If you’re a melodeon player and haven’t discovered us yet, come and join us at www.melodeon.net – we’re in the forum, and we have a great time doing this sort of stuff.

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Cock of the North

A straightforward take on a classic dance tune, played on a D/G Hohner Pokerwork by Clive Williams.

Part of melodeon.net’s Tune of the Month July 2010

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The Cuckoo – a new rondeau/jig written by Clive Williams

Melodeon.net’s Theme of the Month for June 2010 – Write a Tune

Another attempt at writing a new tune; this one came out sounding very much like a Stephane Delicq composed Rondeau, but I’ve just checked all his CD’s, and no, it’s not a rip-off, it just sounds like it!

No video of me this time; instead we have some lovely photos by marj_k of various Australian cuckoos (find her on Flickr – sorry Marj, I would give a proper link to your pictures, but youtube tends to reject anything with a web address in it).

Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory with lots of reverb.

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Rusty Gully

Melodeon.net’s Tune of the Month for June 2010 – Rusty Gully

My version of this 3/2 hornpipe from the north east of England (which is where I was born incidentally). No video of me this time; instead we have some lovely photos by Gail Johnson of St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay (find her on Flickr – sorry Gail, I would give a proper link to your pictures, but youtube tends to reject anything with a web address in it).

Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory with lots of reverb.

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Parsley’s Hornpipe – a new melodeon tune by Clive Williams

Melodeon.net’s Theme of the Month for June 2010 – Write a Tune!

I wrote this tune about an hour ago! I was meaning to write a clever 5 time waltz, but somehow this old English-style hornpipe came out instead.

The opening phrases bear more than a passing resemblence to Jim Boulton’s Fancy (I did a search!), but that’s coincidental – I’ve never actually heard JB’s before.

Played on a 1 row Hohner 114 in G.

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