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.
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’
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.
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.
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.
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.
Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for Dec 2019 is this classic 32 bar jig; always a favourite of mine. Here played in C on a G/C Hohner Liliput converted by Kay Albrecht.
This is melodeon.net’s tune of the month for February 2019. A 48 bar jig in G, here played a bit more slowly than I would normally for dance.
Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.
Very appropriately, the tune to this french anti-war song is tune of the month at melodeon.net for November 2018. Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G in the key of D (in fact entirely on the D row).
This month’s tune of the month from Melodeon.net is Gilles Chabenat’s wonderful 2 time bourree, Chassepain. Here I’m playing it with the other tune commonly played with it, Baudemic (also by Gilles Chabenatt). Used to play these years ago when I played a lot of french music, but they’ve kind of dropped out of the repertoire. Nice to learn them back up again.
Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G, in the key of D (which is what it’s typically played in sessions)