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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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Dashing White Sergeant

A classic Scottish tune, typically played for a classic Scottish dance of the same name. Always known the tune but never played it before I had to learn it for the Pamplemousse ceilidh band I play in; we can do quite a number of Scottish dances in our set.

Played on a Hohner C/F melodeon (in C, so not a session friendly key, sorry) – part of the Melodeon.net theme of the month for May 2021.

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Chestnut / Dove’s Vagary / Dove’s Figary

A playford tune, half of which I remember learning as a child! I’m playing this rather faster than you’d normally hear it (normally it would be march/procession speed, and quite merrily missing out that accidental in the first part) – I quite like it at this pace. Am playing on a C/F Hohner Club I, so we’re in D minor.

Melodeon.net tune of the month for May 2021.

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Sous le Ciel de Paris (C/F version)

Oops, played this for the online vaults bar session, without realising I’d already recorded it in 2013 (!). That was on a G/C, this time I’m playing on a Hohner C/F Club 1. If you listen back to the earlier version, you might see if I’m approaching it any different 8 years later in my playing. Probably not! 🙂

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Silta played by Clive Williams and Mark Prescott

Mark and I played this in the garden for the Vaults Bar lockdown session (we’re still in Covid lockdown for those viewing this in 10 years time) – this is the first time we’ve been able to play together for 4-5 months. Despite being April, it snowed – you’ll see the snow at the end of the video… so this is all we got to play.

Silta was written by finnish accordion player, Markku Lepisto.

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Schottische des Landes

Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for April 2021; this time, I think I’ve recorded the right schottische 🙂 Played this in more sessions than I care to count …. back in the day. So here we go, played more or less straight from session memory.

The box is a C/F Hohner Club 1 – in a session I’d probably play it on a D/G in G.

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Jan Mijne Man / Go Mauve

A couple of tunes that were popular in sessions in the 90’s… and probably still are. They’re from the playing/arrangements of Blowzabella, and feature on their album Vanilla. Yes, I know I’m missing the switch to Gm; don’t have the Eb chord on this box. Jan Mijne Man is trad. Danish, Go Mauve was written by Ian Luff.

Played on a Hohner Club I in C/F, so the tunes come out in D minor.

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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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