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Dorset 4 Hand Reel played by Vivant (Mark Prescott and Clive Williams)

A slowed down version of the Dorset 4 Hand Reel played on melodeon and violin by myself and my friend Mark Prescott. A spur of the moment recording to see what we could do with it, and for uploading as my contribution to melodeon.net’s tune of the month for April 2019.

I’m playing a Castagnari Mory in D/G; Mark’s playing… um, a violin!

Mark and I play as a duo, Vivant – our website is here: www.vivantmusic.co.uk

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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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Florinda / Organdi

2 french marches written by Gilles Chabenat, and popularised in the UK at least by Chris Wood and Andy Cutting in the … 1990’s. My word, is it really that long ago? They both fit beautifully on a melodeon. Played on a Hohner Bb/Eb Preciosa, and mostly in Eb. Part of melodeon.net’s theme of the month for March 2017, er, Marches.

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Beetle on the Wine

Another take on this tune, played on a Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa (so we’re in Bb). Cracking reel written by Dave Whetstone of Albion Band and Cock and Bull Band fame. Melodeon.net tune of the month for March 2017…

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Valse efter Lasse i Lyby

This beautiful tune comes from the playing of the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc – and others I’m sure. Traditional Swedish, part of Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for February 2017. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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Old Christmas Morning

A take on French Carpenter’s ‘Old Christmas Morning’ – an amazing crooked Old Time fiddle tune from West Virginia. Learned off David Bragger’s excellent tutorial videos, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63oKr50vbh0

Played for Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for December 2016, Christmas/Winter tunes on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.

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Bagpipers

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for December 2016 – a traditional english tune recently popularised by the likes of Leveret. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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