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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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Long Odds’s tune of the month for November 2021, a cracking english reel. Harder than it looks! Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G.

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Flatbush Waltz

Another tune that ‘starts with F’ –’s theme of the month for August 2021. This is a lovely tune written by Andy Statman, and until this month, not one that I thought fitted on melodeon – it does, but you need to play it in B minor rather than E minor.

Played on a standard D/G Hohner Pokerwork.

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An Dro

OK folks, what’s this tune called? This is quite a popular session tune in the UK, and though it is an an dro (breton dance), I’m playing it more in session style, than dance style. It was popularised by the Late Night Band in the 1980/1990’s in the UK; it’s a 4 parter… you know, that one. What’s it called?

Played on a D/G Hohner Pokerwork.

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A fairly common tarantella; don’t know if it has a more descriptive name – sorry! It has an usual bit in the a music where it steps back a beat for a large part of it, making up for it at the end of the a music where it skips a beat. So, 32 bars. I’m not entirely sure this is how it should be played, and sometimes I play it straight without the backstep and skip, especially in sessions and for barndances. Not here though! Played on a Hohner pokerwork in D/G.

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Barroom Branle

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, January 2021.

Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G. You need a F natural accidental to play this tune.

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From Night Til Morn

This tune is’s Tune of the Month for July 2020; a lovely trad English tune. I’ve been experimenting with video editing recently – so it’s a duet!

Played on a Hohner Pokerwork in D/G, and mixed with the Olive video editor.

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The Rose Tree / Duchess Dressed in Blue – Session Set

Another pair of tunes that I play fairly frequently in sessions recorded for the Vaults Bar virtual session. These have the distinct advantage of sitting perfectly on a standard 2 row D/G melodeon, but still have lots of musical possibilities. No extra basses, accidentals required.

Played on a Hohner D/G Pokerwork, during the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020.

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