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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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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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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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Unknown Schottische

OK, what’s this one called? A tune I’ve known for years and years, but don’t know the name. I *think* it comes from the playing of Marc Perrone, but have no idea why I think that, apart that I *might* have learned it at a folkworks workshop a very, very, long time ago. I’ve not got any recording of Marc playing it, and I’ve got quite a few of his albums. Nice tune though, so it’ll make a good recording for the Vaults Bar lockdown session 🙂

Played on a Hohner Lucia in D/G.

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The Wrong Turn

Revisiting this lovely mazurka written by Anne Marie Summers, a fine english bagpiper known for her duo with Steve Tyler, Misericordia active in both the early music and bal folk scenes in the UK. Played for the Vaults bar lockdown sessions in March 2020; trying to do a couple of these recording each week. Played on a Hohner Club I melodeon in C/F, so we’re in G minor.

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Da Slockit Light

A classic shetland air written by shetland fiddler, Tom Anderson. Slockit translates to (roughly) broken, and was written as he noticed there were less house lights on his island than in his youth – more people were leaving.

Normally played in D, I’ve got the C/F Hohner Club 1 out today, and am playing on the inside row, so I’m in F.

Melodeon.net tune of the month for March 2021.

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Bonny at Morn

A traditional english song, played here on melodeon (not singing, don’t worry), recorded for both the vaults bar lockdown session and the melodeon.net theme of ‘tunes that start with B’ (working our way through the alphabet!). Can’t believe I haven’t recorded this on the channel before, though I did of course record it with Mark Prescott, here www.vivantmusic.co.uk …. about 20 years ago. This time (sorry Mark) I’m in D minor on a C/F Hohner Club 1.

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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 melodeon.net, January 2021.

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

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Glory of the Sun

Another take on this tune for Melodeon.net’s tune of the month for January 2021. This is a trad english tune from the playford collection, here played on a D/G Castagnari Giasco. A little more sedate that my earlier version of this recorded a few years ago.

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