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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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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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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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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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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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