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Sheep May Safely Graze

Here’s a go at J S Bach’s lovely piece, Sheep May Safely Graze, as close as I can make it on melodeon. I’m playing the first couple of minutes of it only, roughly, since after then it changes key *lots* of times, and goes from being fairly difficult to downright impossible. Not many melodeon versions of this on youtube, for very good reasons.

Played on a Van der Aa Compact III melodeon in G/C, transposed down 3 semitones to being mostly in G rather the original key of Bb.

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Amour et Printemps

Classic french waltz, played for’s April 2022 – Spring. Learned from the playing of english group Rosbif, and written by french composer Émile Waldteufel. I’m playing it on a Hohner Club I in C/F.

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Shepherd and Shepherdess

Here’s’s tune of the month for April 2022 – a new one on me.

UK group Boldwood found and recorded this – according to their sleevenotes is from unpublished manuscripts in the Vaughan Williams Library, Cecil Sharp House, London.

Played on a D/G Castagnari Mory in G – in this key, it needs a low C which I have on the half row.

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Ken’s Hornpipes

2 cracking tunes written by Albion Band guitarist Ken Nicol, and taken from the Albion Band album A Batter Pudding for John Keats. A contribution for’s theme of the month for March 2022, tunes that start with the letter K (working our way through the alphabet!)

Played on a Hohner Lucia in D/G.

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Bouffard’s Waltz’s tune of the month for March 2022, this classic bal waltz written by, and named for, French gurdy maestro Patrick Bouffard. Played on a Hohner Lucia in D/G.

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Jiggery Pokerwork

A quick go at this John Spiers tune, played on a Hohner Pokerwork (of course). Great tune, and an alltime classic I think. Pleasantly surprised to find I can play it 🙂 theme of the month for February 2022, ‘Tunes that start with J’ – we’re working our way through the alphabet!

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Jamais Deux sans Toi

Always liked this tune; this month’s theme of ‘tunes with names that start with J’ gives me the perfect excuse. Written by Stephane Delicq, of course, and I learned this of Massimo Craveri’s fantastic video whose videos are about as perfect a demo of the tune as we could possibly hope for. Inaccuracies are mine, and not his. Haven’t spent long learning this tune yet (30 mins!) so I’m not fluent yet, but here’s where I’ve got to so far.

Played on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C, but this will fit on a standard 2 row 8 bass like pretty much all of Stephane’s music.

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Anna Foxe

Here’s a tune written by Josephine Marsh; lovely tune, usually played a bit quicker than my approach – I’m going for a slow march here. Am playing it in the upper octave in G on a D/G Castagnari Mory, though I have a few things on my bass to make things a little easier than it would be on a usual 8 bass box. tune of the month for Feb 2022.

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I’m Not Fed Up with the Pacific Ocean

A lovely tune written by Ola Bäckström and on the Swap album ‘Mosquito Hunter’ (you can hear the original on Spotify) played for’s theme of the month for January 2022, tunes with names starting with the letter I. Never played this before, and quite a tricky structure to it – 3 parter, with the A and C part sounding very similar, but with an ever so slightly different structure. Nightmare to get right consistently, and I do get it wrong once here. Can you hear where?

Played on a Hohner Lucia in D/G, though it works just fine on a standard 2 row in D/G too.

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Speed the Plough Pentatonic Waltz

By my reckoning, this is the 4th time I’ve done Speed the Plough in some form or another on this channel. This time, it’s reworked as a waltz, but in a pentatonic scale, so changing the tune to avoid all uses of the 4th and 7th notes in the scale.’s theme of the month for January 2022.

Played on a Kay Albrecht Lilliput conversion in G/C.

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