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Le Soir Venu / Jabadaw Schottische No. 1

Revisiting a couple of tunes I learned in the 90’s for the vaults bar lockdown sessions. These are 2 pretty great schottisches, and I think they work very well together. The first is written by Stephane Durand and is a fairly well known tune on the french bal scene – Stephane is a great french hurdy gurdy player. I learned it in the traditional way, from Jo Freya’s band Tanteeka’s CD. The second comes from Manchester based euro bal dance band Jabadaw, and in particular from their multi-instrumentalists (actually I think they were all multi-instrumentalists), Martin Keates. It’s recorded on their CD, but simply labelled as ‘Schottische No. 1’. It’s a great tune and deserves a name I think.

Played for the vaults bar lockdown session in March 2021 – trying to do 2 recordings each week for the local session facebook group. Played on a Hohner Club I in C/F

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A Sad Farewell

Another lockdown session contribution for the Vaults Bar in Stony Stratford – just learned this one. It’s written by American guitarist/singer Jim Henry, whose concerts with Tracy Grammer I’ve been listening to a lot lately. They’re pretty fantastic; find them here on youtube if you haven’t already.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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I Like You You’re Common

Another recording for the vaults bar lockdown sessions in Stony Stratford. I’ve played pretty much everything I know by now, but not this one. This is an Andy Cutting tune, written for the Cecil Sharp project collaboration in about 2015 I think. Nice simple one row tune with lots of drive.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G (but exclusively on the D row).

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Farley Bridge

A rather nice tune by Duncan Chisholm that I’ve just learned up. It turns out it plays rather more easily in the upper octave. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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A Surfeit of Lampreys

Just learned this for the Vaults Bar lockdown session; trying to expand my repertoire a little. This fantastic tune was written by Maartin Allcock, and was played when he was in Fairport Convention. There’s a great version of him playing it in 2017 at Cropredy, shortly before he passed away – here, on Fairport’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLjvfIMYeNM

Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory

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Lake Arthur

Another recording for the Vaults Bar lockdown virtual session; this is a tune I used to play quite a few years ago in a local barndance band. It’s traditional, but learned from the Chipolata 5 album, Skinless, which I think was released about 1999.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Rydeen

Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for November 2020 is tunes you wouldn’t expect on the melodeon; this is a cover of a great piece of electronic music by the Yellow Magic Orchestra, written by Yukihiro Takahashi. I learned it a long time ago because it’s the soundtrack to the arcade game Super Locomotive which I played a lot in my youth (a long time ago). You can see a video of the arcade game, and its frankly fantastic soundtrack here https://youtu.be/lfX9tnHXX7s?t=81

I’ve had to rework it slightly to play on the 2 row 8 bass melodeon, especially the 3rd part, which I’ve simplified the last bar of. I’ve also dropped the 4th part which as far as I can tell is simply lots of electronic zapping sounds!

Played on a Hohner Club I in C/F, which puts in the original key (I think!) of D minor.

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La Seduisante played by Vivant

This 5 time waltz is another Stephane Delicq tune, which Mark and I are working up at the minute. With the lockdown restarting things are on pause for a bit, but we recorded this a week ago for the Vaults Bar lockdown session a few days before lockdown started again.

I’m playing the Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.

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Newly-weds Reel / Voyager’s Reel

A quick rip through these 2 tunes that I’ve known for years but never played out. Recorded for The Vaults Bar’s virtual session which looks like it’s going to be running for a while yet.

Quebecois reels popularised (in the UK anyway) by Chris Wood and Andy Cutting’s debut tape in 1990 or so.

Played on a Hohner 114 in G; it’s a bit clacky, but really very playable.

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