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Hesleydale Reel

October’s tune of the month at Melodeon.net is this wonderful English tune. Played on a G/C Hohner Lilliput converted by Kay Albrecht.

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Trip to Milton Keynes

I wrote this little tune yesterday. I’ve been racking my brains for a tune to play for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for October 2018, which is transport and travel… and I can’t think of any I haven’t played yet – so I wrote one. I’m fairly confident no-one else have ever named a tune ‘Trip to Milton Keynes’ yet, and so I did. Played in C on a Hohner Lilliput in G/C.

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Chassepain / Baudemic

This month’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net is Gilles Chabenat’s wonderful 2 time bourree, Chassepain. Here I’m playing it with the other tune commonly played with it, Baudemic (also by Gilles Chabenatt). Used to play these years ago when I played a lot of french music, but they’ve kind of dropped out of the repertoire. Nice to learn them back up again.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G, in the key of D (which is what it’s typically played in sessions)

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Valse efter Tor Lohne

This beautiful, beautiful tune was played by Chris Wood and Andy Cutting in the 1990’s – It’s one of my version piano pieces, but I’ve tried without success to get a decent melodeon version of it for years. This month’s melodeon.net theme following the ‘tunes with names in them’ theme; thought I’d try again as a bit of a challenge. It’s not that hard to play, but it’s hard to get the musicality in it.

Here I’m playing on a G/C Van der Aa Compact III in A minor.

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The Valiant

A 48 bar jig composed by Simon Ritchie, a fine melodeon player and singer from Eastern England. Played on a Saltarelle L’Elfique in D/G (in G). Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for August 2018.

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Salmon Tails up the Water

This wonderful tune is one of the first tunes I ever learned. Very well known, but not often played (at least in sessions I go to), because it’s very well known. It’s great. Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for August 2018.

Traditional tune from North East England. Played on a Kay Albrecht Lilliput in G/C (so we’re in C) – it’s more commonly played (on melodeon anyway) in G.

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Arthur by Eric Theze

This is a version of Eric Theze’s wonderful mazurka/slow waltz “Arthur” learned mostly from Massimo Craveri’s lovely version. Eric is a truly incredible musician and composer on bandoneon, piano, and many other instruments too. Played as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for July 2018.

Here played on a Van der Aa Compact III melodeon in G/C.

I’ve uploaded a piano version too here https://youtu.be/QqwF637s7qo

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Grenville Morris

This tune by Sam Sweeney is Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for July 2018. It can be found on Leveret’s album Inventions which rather thoughtfully includes the music of the tunes in the CD case!

Played here on a G/C Van der Aa Compact III melodeon.

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Batiska

A tune I’ve been trying to learn for ages; this is Batiska written by Toon van Mierlo of Naragonia. A fast waltz on the album – a very fast waltz – this version is a bit more stately, but still pretty quick. Melodeon.net theme of the month for June 2018 is Everest tunes – tunes you find really, really hard… and yes, it’s taken me ages to get my head around it.

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The Tip-Top Polka

Straight down the line version of this really enjoyable polka as used by the Bacup Coconut Dancers. Melodeon.net tune of the month for May 2018.

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