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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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Portobello Hornpipe

A simple take on the Portobello hornpipe, which is melodeon.net’s tune of the month for February 2018. Played on a D/G Hohner Lucia in G.

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Radstock Jig

Here’s a take on this traditional old English tune, collected by Cecil Sharp. Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb as part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for February 2018, Traditional tunes.

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La Candela

Cyrille Brotto is a *fantastic* French melodeon player, on a different level from us mere mortals. This is one of his more famous tunes, a lovely mazurka, as played in his duo Brotto-Lopez (but without the singing!).

Played on a Castagnari Giasco in D/G, mostly on the G row, though it’s one of those tunes where I’m not entirely sure what key it is – one of the less common minor keys I think.

Obligatory improvised section 3rd time through 🙂

Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for January 2018, ‘New Tunes’

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The Weavers’ March

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for January 2018 and played on a Kay Albrecht converted Hohner Liliput in G/C (in the key of C). Popularised (on melodeon anyway) by Tony Hall, but had words put it by Scots poet Robert Burns, so presumably around during his time in the late 18th century.

As far as a melodeon exercise is concerned, this is a pretty straightforward piece played mostly on one-row (by me, anyway).

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Eleanor Plunkett

Well, I like this tune. It made tune of the month after we all saw a lovely take on it by Roland Carson, so I’ve learned it up, and here we are. It seems to sit on this box, a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G just beautifully – like it was made for this tune. It’s an O’Carolan air of course.

Melodeon.net tune of the month for June 2017

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Pterodactyl 2 Step / Drowsy Dragon

2 fantastic tunes written by Huw Williams (no relation!) and played as a showstopping set in the middle of Huw and Tony Williams’ gigs. Huw would lament how he’d right all these fantastic songs – he’s an outstanding songwriter, singer and guitarist – then people would come up and go ‘play the melodeon one mate’ … and this is it. Freakishly inventive and really quite tricky… talented, talented chap is old Huw. Played on a Hohner pokerwork in D/G, which you pretty much have to, because of how the accidentals work.

Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for June 2017 is ‘animals’. Didn’t say it had to be either non-extinct or non-fictional animals!

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Tes Jolies Patin Blancs

A lovely waltz written by Philippe Prieur; part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for May 2017, Colours – white stretching the point a bit I suppose. Played in G on a Kay Albrecht’ converted G/C Lilliput.

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