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Lily’s March / Linden Lea

I’ve nicked these tunes from the playing of Owen Woods; a lovely set to be sure. Quite confusingly similar in the opening phrases making them pretty tricky to get your head in, especially since Owen nips back to the first tune for a couple of phrases; I haven’t (I think!).

Played for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for May 2022, ‘tunes that start with L’ – these 2 certainly qualify.

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Sheep May Safely Graze

Here’s a go at J S Bach’s lovely piece, Sheep May Safely Graze, as close as I can make it on melodeon. I’m playing the first couple of minutes of it only, roughly, since after then it changes key *lots* of times, and goes from being fairly difficult to downright impossible. Not many melodeon versions of this on youtube, for very good reasons.

Played on a Van der Aa Compact III melodeon in G/C, transposed down 3 semitones to being mostly in G rather the original key of Bb.

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Amour et Printemps

Classic french waltz, played for Melodeon.net’s April 2022 – Spring. Learned from the playing of english group Rosbif, and written by french composer Émile Waldteufel. I’m playing it on a Hohner Club I in C/F.

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Shepherd and Shepherdess

Here’s Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for April 2022 – a new one on me.

UK group Boldwood found and recorded this – according to their sleevenotes is from unpublished manuscripts in the Vaughan Williams Library, Cecil Sharp House, London.

Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory in G – in this key, it needs a low C which I have on the half row.

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Ken’s Hornpipes

2 cracking tunes written by Albion Band guitarist Ken Nicol, and taken from the Albion Band album A Batter Pudding for John Keats. A contribution for melodeon.net’s theme of the month for March 2022, tunes that start with the letter K (working our way through the alphabet!)

Played on a Hohner Lucia in D/G.

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Bouffard’s Waltz

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for March 2022, this classic bal waltz written by, and named for, French gurdy maestro Patrick Bouffard. Played on a Hohner Lucia in D/G.

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Hellibore

Here’s a go at Naragonia’s schottische, Hellibore played on a G/C Van der Aa. Great schottische, written by Toon Van Mierlo – normally played in G minor, though I’m playing it in A minor here. Melodeon.net theme of the month for November 2021, tunes that start with ‘H’ of which this is a great example!

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Florinda / Organdi

2 tunes written by Gilles Chabenat, learned from the playing of Andy Cutting. Played in D on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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Bergere de Coulandon / Jupes Fendues

2 ‘old school’ french 2-time bourrees from the playing of La Chavannee, and tunes I used to play in the 1990’s/2000’s down the George Inn and at London french dance club On Bouge. Here, resuscitated and recorded for the Vaults Bar virtual session. Cracking tunes, both of them. Like most of the La Chavannee repertoire, it may sound traditional but it was probably written by members of the band – Philippe Prieur and Fred Paris.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Sous le Ciel de Paris (C/F version)

Oops, played this for the online vaults bar session, without realising I’d already recorded it in 2013 (!). That was on a G/C, this time I’m playing on a Hohner C/F Club 1. If you listen back to the earlier version, you might see if I’m approaching it any different 8 years later in my playing. Probably not! 🙂

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