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Philobelula All the Way

For Vivant Trio; recorded for Ian and Mark to practice against. Everyone else don’t get too excited 🙂

The best Nottingham Swing tune ever.

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Ashokan Farewell

Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory, but in G, rather than the usual key of D. The basses are unisonoric, so may not be what you expect if you’re trying to follow them! 🙂

The tune’s been ‘stretched’ slightly to fit into a 4/4 time signature rather than 3/4 as originally written by Jay.

Part of’s tune of the month January 2010.

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Princess Royal

A minor key version of Princess Royal, played in Am on a D/G Castagnari Mory by Clive Williams. The basses are modified (unisonoric) to allow the drone effect (and more).

Heavily based on a fiddle version of Princess Royal played by Chris Wood, english singer, songwriter, guitarist and violin player.

Part of’s tune of the month December 2009.

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L’Inconnu de Limoise as a Five Time Waltz

A reworking of Maxou Heintzen’s mazurka L’Inconnu de Limoise – the time signature is now 5/4. Yes, I know I did that to Speed the Plough last month, but this time it really works. Honest!

Played on a Streb midi melodeon in D/G (albeit a lower reed setting than I would normally use because I’m in the upper octave quite a lot in this version).

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L’Inconnu de Limoise

A French mazurka written by Maxou Heintzen –’s Tune of the Month November 2009. Come to and see lots more different versions!

I’ve played this on a standard Hohner Pokerwork in D/G (so the tune ends up in the key of G). Hope you enjoy it!

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Speed the Plough Take 2

Played on a Streb in D/G and then Dmin/Gmin as part of’s tune of the month October 2009. I’ve changed the time signature a bit – we’re now in 5/4 time. Not quite as smooth as Stephane Delicq yet, but I’m getting there!

The Dmin/Gmin section is literally that – the keyboard is programmed using a variant of John Spiers’ rather cunning minor tuning layout (you’ll find a keyboard layout somewhere on I expect).

You might notice a slight jump in the camera as I jump from major to minor. Camera trickery at work as I change the keyboard layout on the Streb!

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Speed the Plough

Played by me (Clive Williams) on a Hohner Pokerwork D/G as part of’s tune of the month October 2009 project (there are lots of other people there with their versions of the same tune). This video just has a closeup of my beautiful Hohner on it, rather than beautiful me – the Liverpool Hornpipe video I uploaded a couple of days ago shows I can do a ‘melodeon player chewing a wasp face’ with the best of them.

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Liverpool Hornpipe

A quick test by me to check how to upload youtube clips. The tune is the Liverpool Hornpipe. More tunes to follow as part of the ‘tune of the month’ project on

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