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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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Rain on the Woodpile

Here’s another tune! Half-learned up for a melodeon.net theme, still working on the other half of the set, Terminus. This tune (and Terminus, when I eventually learn it) are both Rob Harbron compositions.

Played on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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Florinda / Organdi

2 tunes written by Gilles Chabenat, learned from the playing of Andy Cutting. Played in D on a Castagnari Giasco I in D/G.

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The Dream

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.

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Machynlleth

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.

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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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