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Category: Castagnari Mory

Hotfoot 2 / Sweet Ginger

2 fast-ish reels written by Dave Whetstone, and lifted from his CD ‘The Resolution’. Pretty great tunes IMHO. Played for the Vaults Bar Virtual Session on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Paradise Mill

Another tune written nearly 30 years ago by yours truly… that I can still remember. It’s probably got something about it then, because I’ve written plenty of others, including some recorded on this channel, that I can’t! I lived in Macclesfield at the time, and the mill referred to in the title is this one:

https://macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk/venues/paradise-mill

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G

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Sun in September

Gosh, we’re going back in time here. I’ve certainly played my entire ‘up to date’ repertoire on this channel by now, so we’re going back to stuff I used to play, or in this case, never really did play. I wrote this one, probably about 1992. I wouldn’t claim it’s a musical masterpiece; in fact, I barely ever play it. But for some odd reason, I can still remember it – I’ve written plenty more tunes since then, and completely forgotten them. This one stuck, and it fact refuses to be forgotten, nearly 30 years later – it’s an earworm, like it or not. So here it is, now preserved for posterity.

Played for the Vaults Bar Virtual Session, May 2021. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Bergere de Coulandon / Jupes Fendues

2 ‘old school’ french 2-time bourrees from the playing of La Chavannee, and tunes I used to play in the 1990’s/2000’s down the George Inn and at London french dance club On Bouge. Here, resuscitated and recorded for the Vaults Bar virtual session. Cracking tunes, both of them. Like most of the La Chavannee repertoire, it may sound traditional but it was probably written by members of the band – Philippe Prieur and Fred Paris.

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

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Childgrove

An entry for melodeon.net’s theme of the month for April 2021, and also for the Vaults Bar Lockdown Virtual Session on facebook. This is an old playford tune I’ve known for many a year – in fact I recorded it with Mark Prescott 20 years ago (!) on the first Vivant CD. 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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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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Afterhours

A lovely 5 time waltz written by Frankie Cleeve from North London. Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G as part of the melodeon.net theme of the month for February 2020, Alphabet Soup – A, and also for the Vaults Bar lockdown session.

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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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