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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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The Ookpik Waltz

I’ve taken this version of Frankie Rodgers’ fiddle tune from Forrest Crain’s melodeon version, which I really rather like. The tune has shifted quite a lot from Frankie’s original I notice, and there seems to be a lot of variation in the various fiddle versions out there, let alone the ones that sit on different instruments.

Played as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for May 2018, tunes from America – I guess this is part Canadian, and part USA.

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Les Deux Freres

A lovely tune by Toon van Mierlo of Naragonia, and melodeon.net’s tune of the month for April 2018. Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory.

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Tripping Upstairs

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for March 2018 is Tripping Upstairs; a popular jig. Here played on a Castagnari Giasco I (effectively a 12 bass Lilly) in D/G, pretty much all apart from the occasional note on the D row.

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Hotfoot 2 / Sweet Ginger by Dave Whetstone

Two fast reels played as part of Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for March 2018, Fast Tunes. These two were written by Dave Whetstone, and featured on his CD ‘The Resolution’. Dave gave up playing for a bit, but is doing occasional gigs now – which is great; he’s a really fine player.

The box I’m playing this on is a Robert Boutet Quebecois one row accordion in D.

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