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Elle

Another tune for melodeon.net’s theme of the month for July 2021, a lovely 5 time waltz written by Remi Goffrey.

Played on a Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb.

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Sunshine

A quick run through Gregory Jolivet’s splendid schottische, ‘Sunshine’ – melodeon.net’s tune of the month for June 2021. A no frills straight down the line version in D on a D/G Castagnari Giasco I.

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Eleanor Rigby (Father McKenzie’s Jig)

A version of Eleanor Rigby (the Beatles song, of course), but learned from De Dannan’s fantastic interpretation on their 2000 album, ‘Welcome to the Hotel Connemara’ – so it’s rather different. I’m playing it rather slower than the breakneck speed De Dannan play it at; it’s quite nice slower I think… but go listen to their version, because it’s great. It took me a little while to figure out why they also call it ‘Fr McKenzie’s’… until I remembered the Beatles lyrics. Doh!

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G for melodeon.net’s theme of the month for July 2021; ‘Alphabet Soup – E’

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Rain on the Woodpile

Here’s another tune! Half-learned up for a melodeon.net theme, still working on the other half of the set, Terminus. This tune (and Terminus, when I eventually learn it) are both Rob Harbron compositions.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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Florinda / Organdi

2 tunes written by Gilles Chabenat, learned from the playing of Andy Cutting. Played in D on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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Mary’s Waltz

A trad Cajun waltz learned many years ago from a fab guitar break by Ian Carr when he played in Kathryn Tickell’s band.

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Fai Ton Tra

A tune from the repertoire of Gaston Pouget played by Durif/Champeval on ’Dans les rochers du Viallaneix’ – thanks to Dave Shepherd for the info. Been playing it for years without knowing exactly where it came from, but it’s very much (and best as) a french fiddle tune. The Durif/Champeval CD is on Spotify by the way, and is *fantastic*.

Played for the Vaults Bar session 2021 on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.

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The Dream

A fantastic waltz by English gurdy player Cliff Stapleton, also known as The Dream Waltz. Not a tune I usually play solo; I used to play it in bands a bit, but tried it the other day on the Van der Aa in G/C, and it came out quite nicely. Played for the melodeon.net theme of the month for July 2021.

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Machynlleth

This month’s tune of the month at melodeon.net, Machynlleth – a Welsh 4 part polka. Fairly straightforward to play; my biggest problem with learning this one was confusing the 2nd and 4th parts.

Played on a G/C Kay Albrecht converted Hohner Liliput.

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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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