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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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Nadieja played by Vivant

This mazurka was written by Stephane Delicq, whose music I’m very much into at the moment; learning up quite a few of his tunes. We haven’t recorded this on our CDs (yet) – who knows perhaps one day we will. If you’re interested in seeing what we have recorded visit www.vivantmusic.co.uk

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Thaxted

I’ve recorded this for the Vaults bar virtual session; the real thing being still out of commission, courtesy of the 2020 covid 19 epidemic.

An experimentation with a different audio/video recording setup too; inspired to experiment by some of the great quality recordings I’ve seen by professional musicians doing lockdown videos. I think the sound is vastly improved – this is the best sounding recording I’ve ever got of the Van der Aa which I’ve always found hard to record with good balance. Video is rubbish though. Ah well, lesson learned – different camera next time.

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

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