Here’s Anahata’s great tune he wrote for melodeon.net’s write a tune theme, the Orangeville Reel, a tune written in the canadian style, and ideally suited for a one row melodeon. It also fits quite nicely on a 7 key chinese toy melodeon that I got for John and Scott (my 5 and 4 year olds) recently, so I thought I’d give it a go, and see what these little melodeons can do. Quite a lot apparently, but it’s hard work! I’ve added a piano backing via chordbot on my iphone, blanked out one of the reed banks inside the melodeon, and added (a lot) of reverb. Voila. Part of melodeon.net’s July 2012 theme of the month, play another melnet user’s tune. Sorry Anahata, but it had to be done, and I do like your version of Serpentina on a similar toy melodeon!
About 3 months ago, a fellow poster Anahata at www.melodeon.net posted this as part of our then Theme of the Month, “Morris Tunes”. This tune has captivated me since. It’s written by Robin Griggs, melodeon player with Pig Dyke Molly, who passed away in early 2008, as a tribute to another deceased Pig Dyke Molly member, Mike Hurry. Anahata is a current member of Pig Dyke’s musicians, and took this tune and arranged it for a dance in memory of absent friends.
For something that’s written on and for a standard 2 row melodeon, it’s an astonishing tune. It teaches 2 new chords in the first few bars, has a seemingly simple but frustratingly difficult bass rhythm, and plays with chord conventions like they don’t exist.
Played on a newly acquired and restored Hohner Preciosa in Bb/Eb; I think every melodeon has some tunes that it just loves playing, and this is the tune that this Hohner taught me when it said hello.
Part of Melodeon.net’s theme of the month for September 2010 – Tunes you learned on your holidays.