A tune written by Rob Kay in the 1980s, who used to play keyboards with dance band Tickled Pink. A fairly unusual structure, the A music is in D, the B music in C. Played for the ‘New Tunes’ theme on melodeon.net, January 2021.
Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G. You need a F natural accidental to play this tune.
Another take on this tune for Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for January 2021. This is a trad english tune from the playford collection, here played on a D/G Castagnari Giasco. A little more sedate that my earlier version of this recorded a few years ago.
Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for December 2020 is (once again) Christmas music, and I’ve found one I haven’t played before! That’s mostly because I couldn’t figure out how to play it, but I’ve now figured it out. Also known (by those that live in Wexford) as the Enniscorthy Christmas Carol.
Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for December 2020 is this mazurka, written by Stephane Delicq at the start of his career – it appears on his first album. He wrote another tune called the same thing on a later album; this isn’t it!
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.
A tune played for the 41st anniversary of the Vaults Bar session; we’re currently on lockdown, so this is published on the Vaults Bar online session group which has been running since lockdown on the 23rd March. As of 13 Sep 2020, it looks like it’ll be a while yet before the session returns fully. Until then, this is a favourite of mine, Michael Turner’s Waltz which I play frequently in the real session.
Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G, in the key of G.
This is Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for September 2020, The Gooseberry Bush, written very much in the traditional style by John Spiers. I’m playing this (twice, through the magic of video editing of course) on a Hero UC100 toy melodeon. This is a bit better to play than the normal Hero toy 7 key melodeons you’ll see quite often, but not much! It has 9 rectangular shaped keys, a bit like a piano keyboard, but it is a diatonic instrument in C.
Learned for Melodeon.net’s theme for September 2020, ‘Tunes of the Wyper Brothers’. Peter Wyper, early pioneer of the melodeon and one of the first people ever to be recorded died 100 years ago this month. This is one of the tunes featured in the Wyper Melodeon Tutor book, which you can find in the Catalogues and Tutors section of Melodeon.net – the Rights of Man. I’ve “known” this tune for a while; i.e. never learned to play it properly. Gosh, it’s hard. Great tune though, and there’s some lovely subtleties in the Wyper version, some of which I’ve incorporated, and some of which I will have to work on.
Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G, mostly in the key of Em.