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Title: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Clive Williams on September 01, 2012, 01:57:39 AM
It occurred to me today we've done tunes from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, USA, Canada, but not actually England! Well, here we are then. I was originally going to do this as Tunes from East Anglia, but thought it would be nice to open it up a bit to include some of the lovely Lancashire, Northumbrian and other music from all over England.

Looking forward to seeing what people conjure up!

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 01, 2012, 10:35:17 AM
First of a few this month

Beatrice Hill's Three Handed Reel (http://youtu.be/q4Cw2tFTc5k) played on a Hohner 1 Row 4 Stop in D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 01, 2012, 01:50:33 PM
And

Walter Bulwer's No. 3 (http://youtu.be/N-f8iBKoyAs)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 01, 2012, 02:09:10 PM
Or

Dennis Crowther's Number 2 and Number 1 (http://youtu.be/vo16Vj88lRg)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 01, 2012, 02:23:00 PM
Or

Albert Farmer's Bonfire Tune (http://youtu.be/BXlsNtOrWa4)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 02, 2012, 03:22:46 PM
Or

Miss Dillons Waltz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxNKxh236Ao)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: AnnC on September 02, 2012, 05:37:01 PM
 or Sir Sidney Smith's March (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2XfXA1bzM8)   played in this video by Lester  :||:
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 03, 2012, 08:48:09 AM
Today's tune

George Green's Slow College Hornpipe (http://youtu.be/5mCz5e3nM9U)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 04, 2012, 09:09:58 AM
Today's tune

Sussex Cotillion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llNZ9Am4qfQ)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 04, 2012, 09:52:05 AM
Come on in the water's lovely  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: ladydetemps on September 04, 2012, 10:09:15 AM
Come on in the water's lovely  (:)
Are you posting your whole repertoire? lol
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 04, 2012, 10:18:08 AM
Come on in the water's lovely  (:)
Are you posting your whole repertoire? lol

That would take a year or two (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 04, 2012, 10:24:41 AM
It's all right for some!
When I hit retirement....
(...I almost certainly still won't have time for everything...)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Helena Handcart on September 04, 2012, 12:12:10 PM
That would take a year or two (:)

Well I enjoyed John Boden's 'A Folk Song a Day' project but Lester's 'Melodeon tune a day' could beat it!  :||:

Thanks for these tunes Lester, very enjoyable.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on September 04, 2012, 08:50:28 PM
A trio of tunes, none of which are from East Anglia!

All in the same key on the same box.

http://youtu.be/MJfOIwDMCFM

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Clive Williams on September 05, 2012, 01:20:13 AM
Come on in the water's lovely  (:)

Splash!

Here's a couple of recent, contrasting schottisches from English writers:

Here's '1st of September' - a beautiful slow air written by Miranda Rutter of Methera, but also a cracking schottische when played at speed. Played on the Streb (in Mory LMM voice, tuned to D/G, making this tune a pretty simple straight up and down the D row tune in D).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eqtmvZ1IYg

.I've only ever heard the next tune from a youtube video, so I may have taken a few liberties with the tune, but here it is anyway! Gurdy genius Cliff Stapleton's 'Black Rock'; a quirky ear worm tune of the kind that Cliff does so well. Frankly, I could have chosen any one of 5 or 6 tunes written by Cliff; he writes some fantastic stuff, he really does. It's played on the preciosa in Bb/Eb, mostly on the outside row, and the bass accompaniment (which is a very simple F drone interspersed with a Eb at the turn around) implies it's in F. Quite what mode of F though, I've absolutely no idea; it's nothing I've seen before! (edit: now I think about it, it's probably simply F mix with an accidental or two). On Cliff's recording by the way, it's in G, and you can play along on a C/F box (if you have the G chord on the push)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9BHCO1jE_c

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 05, 2012, 02:26:08 AM
And today's tune is

Albert's Last Dance (http://youtu.be/YirC4LmWbpo)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Ellisteph on September 05, 2012, 08:05:32 AM
Here's '1st of September' - a beautiful slow air written by Miranda Rutter of Methera, but also a cracking schottische when played at speed. Played on the Streb (in Mory LMM voice, tuned to D/G, making this tune a pretty simple straight up and down the D row tune in D).

The 'A' part of this tune bears a striking resemblance to Andy Cutting's 'Nue Pneus'.
Nicely played though Clive.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Clive Williams on September 05, 2012, 09:10:30 AM
Here's '1st of September'

The 'A' part of this tune bears a striking resemblance to Andy Cutting's 'Nue Pneus'.
Nicely played though Clive.

Hmmm, so it does! I wonder if I've mixed them up? Don't have the Methera recording (1st album) it comes off to check; will have a listen some time. Methera play it a bit more slowly and more 'refined', so the resemblance isn't immediately obvious on their version I think, but fortunately, all of Andy's stuff is fair game this month too, so I'm ok anyway!  :D

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Chris Ryall on September 05, 2012, 09:41:04 AM
.I've only ever heard the next tune from a youtube video, so I may have taken a few liberties with the tune, but here it is anyway! Gurdy genius Cliff Stapleton's 'Black Rock'; a quirky ear worm tune of the kind that Cliff does so well. Frankly, I could have chosen any one of 5 or 6 tunes written by Cliff; he writes some fantastic stuff, he really does. It's played on the preciosa in Bb/Eb, mostly on the outside row, and the bass accompaniment (which is a very simple F drone interspersed with a Eb at the turn around) implies it's in F. Quite what mode of F though, I've absolutely no idea; it's nothing I've seen before! (edit: now I think about it, it's probably simply F mix with an accidental or two). On Cliff's recording by the way, it's in G, and you can play along on a C/F box (if you have the G chord on the push)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9BHCO1jE_c   Cheers,   Clive   

The "key" is F - the tune is set on the Eb diatonic scale (set of notes), starting 2nd note  (hence the fluid fingering)!

    So its the 2nd, "dorian", or "F" mode of Eb.  But rather more simply "F dorian"  :|glug

Actually most of the time the melody floats around the top of the scale with just the occasional Ab to remind us we are in the minor. The only difference between F dorian and F mixo is Ab v A - this tune exploits the ambiguity quite beautifully (assisted by skillful playing). And as F mixolydian is mode 5 of Bb scale - you are still on the right kit!

Cliff is a fantastic writer of tunes - several of us spent most of a St Chartier festival pushing him to publish - AFAIK he never has  :-\ I've got some sick leave dues this month and will see if I can resurrect "Man in the Brown Hat" and "Blue Sausage Island" - both playable on a 2 row with accs (or a Hurdy Gurdy)!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Clive Williams on September 05, 2012, 09:56:49 AM

The "key" is F - the tune is set on the Eb diatonic scale (set of notes), starting 2nd note  (hence the fluid fingering)!

    So its the 2nd, "dorian", or "F" mode of Eb.  But rather more simply "F dorian"  :|glug


Aha! Thanks Chris!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Chris Ryall on September 05, 2012, 01:49:39 PM

Pleasure.  Quite a fine piece of Trolling if I might be so bold ;)

   Underlying issue is that if your scale (or box row) runs C D E F G ...
     .. the 7 "modes" of it will be in the "keys" of C D E F G :||:
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Ollie on September 05, 2012, 02:03:51 PM
Here's a quick one from me - Mr Isaac's Maggot.

http://soundcloud.com/olliekingbox/mr-isaacs-maggot

Enjoy. :)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 05, 2012, 11:36:14 PM
And today's tune is

Rochdale Coconut Dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeB4NozKd00)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 07, 2012, 07:49:03 AM
Hows about

Sustead Schottiche (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLH1nq__7LU)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Steve_freereeder on September 07, 2012, 08:47:09 AM
Hows about

Sustead Schottiche (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLH1nq__7LU)
Lovely rendition, Lester!  (:)
Good steady tempo, great syncopation and nice subtle East Anglian-style ornamentation.
 :|glug
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 07, 2012, 09:22:01 AM
Hows about

Sustead Schottiche (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLH1nq__7LU)
Lovely rendition, Lester!  (:)
Good steady tempo, great syncopation and nice subtle East Anglian-style ornamentation.
 :|glug

Thanks Steve, praise indeed from your good self  :|bl
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 07, 2012, 10:55:42 AM
Here's one I made earlier.....

Pigeon on the gate medley, learned from a variety of sources, on my trusty 4 stop in G

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-bqyZvzkLY


Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 07, 2012, 10:58:06 AM
'Big 'Umphrey' by Derek Pearce from Derbyshire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzLjNPSRUaA

He said he wrote it as a way to play the accidentals.....
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 07, 2012, 11:00:00 AM
Beestin Puddin' (with legs on) - from God's chosen county

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae7yXNOZy8I

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 07, 2012, 11:07:26 AM
'Oh Joe' on that 4-stop again....  East Anglian style as opposed to Old Swan style.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpQn6ugrTwo

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 07, 2012, 11:09:21 AM
On a roll..... short but sweet.....

Indian Queen Schottische, my favourite scottische of all time (just don't ask me where I got it from!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LouGC8UJm3k

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 07, 2012, 11:11:31 AM
An untitled (ie I dont know what it's called....) schottische, learned by ear from Derby's Ramsbotton Band in about 1981

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a6dxEFAlv4
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 07, 2012, 11:13:55 AM
Last one for now,

Beatrice Hill's 4 hand reel played on my huge Morino

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xCGHcA1cok
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: brianread on September 07, 2012, 12:16:52 PM
And today's tune is

Albert's Last Dance (http://youtu.be/YirC4LmWbpo)

Very nice Lester, I still love the Elphique sound, although I notice from the recording that it is the G-row that has the sweet tone, the D row is quite "rough" in comparison (compare the arpeggios at the start of the B part, played on the G-row with the next bar on the D row).
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Theo on September 07, 2012, 12:27:11 PM
The early L'Elfique models do suffer from the inside row being more muffled because the MM reed block is tucked away right under the keyboard.  Later models have a row of holes in the keyboard top plate which reduce this effect quite considerably.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 07, 2012, 01:20:29 PM
And today's tune is

Albert's Last Dance (http://youtu.be/YirC4LmWbpo)

Very nice Lester, I still love the Elphique sound, although I notice from the recording that it is the G-row that has the sweet tone, the D row is quite "rough" in comparison (compare the arpeggios at the start of the B part, played on the G-row with the next bar on the D row).

Yes I noticed that as well, luckily Theo has posted on how to cure it  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Theo on September 07, 2012, 02:39:50 PM
This photo shows haw the factory do it.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 08, 2012, 08:06:52 AM
And today we have

William Taylor's Tabletop Hornpipe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec-FJPZuIxk)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Prestidigitator on September 08, 2012, 10:23:30 AM
This photo shows haw the factory do it.

My L'Elfique is the same as Lester's i.e. without the keyboard cutouts. I can't say that I've ever noticed the muffled effect but now, of course, I expect I'll be listening for nothing else!

If it weren't a stepped keyboard, I might take the cover off and cut some holes, but, as it is, I don't feel bold enough to start hacking it about.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Steve_freereeder on September 08, 2012, 11:49:21 AM
And today we have

William Taylor's Tabletop Hornpipe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec-FJPZuIxk)
Very nice, Lester!

BTW, have you run out of melodeons to fettle?  >:E
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 08, 2012, 12:34:06 PM
And today we have

William Taylor's Tabletop Hornpipe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec-FJPZuIxk)
Very nice, Lester!

BTW, have you run out of melodeons to fettle?  >:E

Far from it, I have two customer boxes in my workshop along with a couple of project boxes. Fortunately I am doing bellows taping today which has a number of "waiting for glue to dry" breaks in it the way I do it so I am getting ahead of the recording schedule  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 08, 2012, 12:36:38 PM
This photo shows haw the factory do it.
Mine is the same as Lester's i.e. without the keyboard cutouts. I can't say that I've ever noticed the muffled effect but now, of course, I expect I'll be listening for nothing else!

If it weren't a stepped keyboard, I might take the cover off and cut some holes, but, as it is, I don't feel bold enough to start hacking it about.

Just looked at mine, seems to just be a matter of removing the treble buttons (they unscrew, sometimes of their own accord) and 4 screws and the keyboard will pop off. Then a conversation with Mr Pillar Drill and Robert your father's brother.

I will take pictures  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: brianread on September 08, 2012, 01:06:14 PM
This photo shows haw the factory do it.
Mine is the same as Lester's i.e. without the keyboard cutouts. I can't say that I've ever noticed the muffled effect but now, of course, I expect I'll be listening for nothing else!

If it weren't a stepped keyboard, I might take the cover off and cut some holes, but, as it is, I don't feel bold enough to start hacking it about.

Just looked at mine, seems to just be a matter of removing the treble buttons (they unscrew, sometimes of their own accord) and 4 screws and the keyboard will pop off. Then a conversation with Mr Pillar Drill and Robert your father's brother.

I will take pictures  ;)

Good lord, I didn't expect to be responsible for you hacking bits out of your lovely Elphique!  However it will be interesting to hear the difference...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 08, 2012, 01:09:53 PM
This photo shows haw the factory do it.
Mine is the same as Lester's i.e. without the keyboard cutouts. I can't say that I've ever noticed the muffled effect but now, of course, I expect I'll be listening for nothing else!

If it weren't a stepped keyboard, I might take the cover off and cut some holes, but, as it is, I don't feel bold enough to start hacking it about.

Just looked at mine, seems to just be a matter of removing the treble buttons (they unscrew, sometimes of their own accord) and 4 screws and the keyboard will pop off. Then a conversation with Mr Pillar Drill and Robert your father's brother.

I will take pictures  ;)

Good lord, I didn't expect to be responsible for you hacking bits out of your lovely Elphique!  However it will be interesting to hear the difference...

I must admit I had never noticed the difference until I made that particular video. But my boxes are what I practice my skills (or lack there of) on prior to unleasing them on customer's boxes. Seems only fair that way  ::)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 09, 2012, 08:15:10 AM
And today's tune is

Wiltshire Six Handed Reel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmpzh7GlH_8)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Ellisteph on September 09, 2012, 12:39:10 PM
Here's a couple of Willy Taylor's tunes:
 http://youtu.be/J__jZwfKkNY
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 10, 2012, 07:55:46 AM
10 days in and the first morris tune

Wheatley Trunkles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvHL_k3fS5w)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 10, 2012, 04:21:26 PM
Here's my contribution.  The Grenadier & The Lady (from Dorset) - famous for its inclusion in the film Far From The Madding Crowd.  Played in E minor on a Saltarelle Connemara III.
I use the low reed for most of this and add in the two MM reeds for the finale.  It's a bit squeaky if you play it in E minor on the M reeds so thank goodness for the L!!
WARNING!  I sing on this one!!
http://youtu.be/h0T_CS7hXvg
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: arty on September 10, 2012, 05:48:35 PM

WARNING!  I sing on this one!!
[/quote]

I must say you have courage! If it was a rule that we all had to sing with our melodeons, I don't think there would be many posts!!
I enjoyed that....thankyou
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Ziachmusi/Louise on September 10, 2012, 06:15:32 PM
This was the first tune that sprung to mind. A bit of an experiment and probably a marmite tune.
Not sure about all of the chords but it was fun to try
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXuH7tWq-6c&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXuH7tWq-6c&feature=youtu.be)

enjoy!

Louise
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 10, 2012, 08:36:29 PM

WARNING!  I sing on this one!!

I must say you have courage! If it was a rule that we all had to sing with our melodeons, I don't think there would be many posts!!
I enjoyed that....thankyou
[/quote]

Thank you very much! :D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 11, 2012, 07:31:15 AM
Today's tune is

When Cloe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-iwfBsC_1k)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 11, 2012, 08:57:32 AM
Today's tune is

When Cloe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-iwfBsC_1k)

That's nice Lester - I really like that.  I'm also very envious of the amount of light in your room and of course.......that shirt!! ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 11, 2012, 09:13:39 AM
Today's tune is

When Cloe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-iwfBsC_1k)

That's nice Lester - I really like that.  I'm also very envious of the amount of light in your room and of course.......that shirt!! ;) ;) ;)

ROOM! that, my good man, is the Corporate and Technical Centre of Lester's Melodeon Emporium and Tune-a-Rama  :P
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Steve_freereeder on September 11, 2012, 11:06:19 AM
ROOM! that, my good man, is the Corporate and Technical Centre of Lester's Melodeon Emporium and Tune-a-Rama  :P
He means it's his garden shed   >:E
(running away very fast now)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: ladydetemps on September 11, 2012, 11:08:09 AM
ROOM! that, my good man, is the Corporate and Technical Centre of Lester's Melodeon Emporium and Tune-a-Rama  :P
He means it's his garden shed   >:E
(running away very fast now)
and there I was thinking it was a secret base inside a volcano where melodeon world domination was plotted. ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Theo on September 11, 2012, 12:31:17 PM
and there I was thinking it was a secret base inside a volcano where melodeon world domination was plotted. ;)

It is,  the video was shot just after the sliding roof disguised as a lake had been opened to let in the light.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Tufty on September 11, 2012, 06:32:07 PM
Here are a couple of Bob Cann tunes - why not "Play a Bob Cann tune" theme of the month?

http://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/ford-farm-reel-cornish
Played on the three voice Bafetti binci.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 11, 2012, 07:10:25 PM
Very tasty! And that box sounds not entirely unlike Bob Cann's.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Pete Dunk on September 12, 2012, 12:07:41 AM
*Announcement*

It is with regret that I am currently considering removing Youtube user 'goldswan' from my subscription list. It is self evident that the account has been hijacked as I am receiving daily emails informing me of yet another ThOTM contribution which, to be fair, seems highly unlikely considering the great age of the chap even if he has nothing better to do.  8)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Clive Williams on September 12, 2012, 12:14:17 AM
I'm very much enjoying Lester's Tune-a-day project - it's fantastic!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 12, 2012, 07:49:04 AM
Has he overtaken Ed Rennie yet?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 12, 2012, 08:23:01 AM
ROOM! that, my good man, is the Corporate and Technical Centre of Lester's Melodeon Emporium and Tune-a-Rama  :P
He means it's his garden shed   >:E
(running away very fast now)
and there I was thinking it was a secret base inside a volcano where melodeon world domination was plotted. ;)

Lester does already dominate the melodeon world! Didn't you know that?  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 12, 2012, 08:48:04 AM
Here are a couple of Bob Cann tunes - why not "Play a Bob Cann tune" theme of the month?

http://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/ford-farm-reel-cornish
Played on the three voice Bafetti binci.

I second that emotion!!   ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 12, 2012, 09:14:32 AM
*Announcement*

It is with regret that I am currently considering removing Youtube user 'goldswan' from my subscription list. It is self evident that the account has been hijacked as I am receiving daily emails informing me of yet another ThOTM contribution which, to be fair, seems highly unlikely considering the great age of the chap even if he has nothing better to do.  8)

 :P   :P   :P   :P
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 12, 2012, 09:15:02 AM
I'm very much enjoying Lester's Tune-a-day project - it's fantastic!


 :|bl
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 12, 2012, 09:16:32 AM
By popular demand

Blossom and the Rain (http://youtu.be/YN1EkNrHb_s)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: sqwzboxstudent on September 12, 2012, 09:14:27 PM
heres a tune i presume is english, as far as i know, its a family tune, ive never heard it played by anyone else, so im nominating it as an english gypsy tune...

http://youtu.be/RgQ2GzcdM7E

excuse the mistakes, i learned it last night
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Ollie on September 12, 2012, 10:57:01 PM
Hole in the Wall - a wonderful Playford tune (not written about high street cash dispensers)

http://soundcloud.com/olliekingbox/hole-in-the-wall

Enjoy.  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 12, 2012, 11:19:06 PM
I promise I'll post a rendition of 'Fathers Polka', in memory of the late and great Billy Harrison, from the East Riding of Yorkshire, who taught it to me, and who is the son of the said father, 'Black Tom Harrison'.  Billy was a superb player of the fiddle and 'cello, and an inspiration to all who knew him. He's also the bloke playing the fiddle in my profile picture (proud of York....). Sadly he's no longer with us.

If you haven't got it already, seek out the Musical Traditions tape/CD of Billy with Jim Eldon.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 13, 2012, 08:22:28 AM
A morris tune today

Thames Valley Morris Men's Constant Billy Sherborne (http://youtu.be/Xgwn6EC2VTk)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Ollie on September 13, 2012, 03:44:12 PM
Mornington Crescent/Mississippi Mud Dance - http://soundcloud.com/olliekingbox/mornington-crescent

Two non-traditional (now traditional?) Molly dance tunes, the first from the repertoire of the Seven Champions Molly Dancers, and the second from Ouse Washes Molly (via Gog Magog Molly). I've no idea where the first tune comes from, or if Mornington Crescent is even the name of the tune. The second is a version of The Battle of New Orleans. The B part is different from the original as I learnt the tune from Gog Magog, who learnt it from Ouse Washes, but forgot the B part so made up a new one!

Edit - I've since discovered (thanks to the Champs twitter) that this is where the tune from Mornington Crescent comes from - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8mtV4kTAPU&feature=youtube_gdata_player - adapted by John Gasson. The folk process is a strange, strange thing...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 14, 2012, 08:34:58 AM
Today we have:

Ville du Quebec  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zODwQRfnlo4) which is more English than it sounds
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 14, 2012, 05:55:13 PM
Here we go: The Isle Of France (http://youtu.be/1lbT7pEojyI) in the version from the Richard Pyle manuscript, Nether Wallop, Hampshire.

Inspired by the playing of same by the Bursledon Village Band on the WildGoose Hampshire Dance Tunes album which is all music from the Pyle book and a very fine collection of tunes.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 15, 2012, 07:33:04 AM
Today we have:

The Curly Headed Ploughboy (http://youtu.be/rONFTyBGCJQ)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 16, 2012, 08:34:16 AM
How's about

Lemmy Brazil's No. 2 (http://youtu.be/cYCTHkFpLgo) recorded in a bit of a hurry last night  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 17, 2012, 07:37:12 AM
Today we have

The Bursleden Village Band March (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BH7Wpv5fqY)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Chris Brimley on September 17, 2012, 10:59:00 AM
Now then, what's all this? This must surely be as English as they come.  (Except for it having being played most famously by a Canadian!)

http://soundcloud.com/chrisbrimley/ordinary-copper-17-9-12

(I'm a newbie at soundcloud recording, and the sound quality loss seemed noticeable to me - are there any buttons you can press to improve it?)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 17, 2012, 11:10:58 AM
(I'm a newbie at soundcloud recording, and the sound quality loss seemed noticeable to me - are there any buttons you can press to improve it?)

From what I've read, Soundcloud convert everything to 128k MP3. Probably a good idea to upload in that format, then at least it won't have to go through an extra conversion process. (Assuming their software is intelligent enough not to re-convert to same bit rate...)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Chris Brimley on September 17, 2012, 11:45:05 AM
Thanks, Anahata - I do tend to record at 192k mp3 as a good compromise between file size and quality, so maybe that's it.  But it sounds like some sort of treble distortion, rather than general quality - maybe they have a lower threshold for overloading?  I didn't use to have this problem with onmvoice, as far as I recall.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Theo on September 17, 2012, 12:10:01 PM
I've had that sort of distortion appearing as a result of mp3 compression.   I've had best result by uploading at the highest quality available and allowing soundcloud to do the processing.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 17, 2012, 12:50:26 PM
I've had best result by uploading at the highest quality available and allowing soundcloud to do the processing.

If you have the upload bandwidth (or patience) that would be the ideal approach.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 18, 2012, 08:27:24 AM
Today we have

Find the Lady (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYEjm8AezxQ) a John Kirkpatrick tune.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: joreema on September 18, 2012, 01:34:05 PM
Since my computer is sick because of a virus, I have big problems to send something. But now my daughter has a new one and I am allowed to use it sometimes. (:)
My tunes for this month are very common ones but I am training my left hand so my right hand is not allowed to think. But it's great fun for me ( not for my family).

http://soundcloud.com/joreema/
hunt-the-hare-set
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Pete Dunk on September 19, 2012, 12:04:50 AM
http://soundcloud.com/joreema/
hunt-the-hare-set

Fabulous, and as you say great fun! Enjoy your family and keep on sharing music with both them and us. :-)

Pete.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: smiley on September 19, 2012, 06:11:32 AM
http://soundcloud.com/joreema/hunt-the-hare-set

Great fun, and great rhythm! Where did you get those tunes from?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 19, 2012, 07:44:53 AM
Today we have

The Blue Eyed Strangler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwYxsKQRjm8)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Theo on September 19, 2012, 08:06:54 AM
Today we have

The Blue Eyed Strangler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwYxsKQRjm8)

So which is it Strangler or Stranger?  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 19, 2012, 08:22:22 AM
Today we have

The Blue Eyed Strangler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwYxsKQRjm8)

So which is it Strangler or Stranger?  ;D

Well it is really the Blue Eyed Stranger but is known colloquially as the Blue Eyed Strangler so in answer to your question Both  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 19, 2012, 08:27:16 AM
Today we have

The Blue Eyed Strangler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwYxsKQRjm8)

I'm going to miss these when the month is up -  a lovely cheery start to my working day.  Thank you Lester for all your hard work in posting these! (:) (:) (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 19, 2012, 08:41:05 AM
Today we have

The Blue Eyed Strangler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwYxsKQRjm8)

I'm going to miss these when the month is up -  a lovely cheery start to my working day.  Thank you Lester for all your hard work in posting these! (:) (:) (:)

Who said is was stopping? I know a few more tunes yet  ;)

http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Jackhumphreys on September 19, 2012, 08:41:49 AM
Since my computer is sick because of a virus, I have big problems to send something. But now my daughter has a new one and I am allowed to use it sometimes. (:)
My tunes for this month are very common ones but I am training my left hand so my right hand is not allowed to think. But it's great fun for me ( not for my family).

http://soundcloud.com/joreema/
hunt-the-hare-set
Welcome back Mr J.  There's always something new  to learn from your videos.
Now we have this amazingly active  left hand. Is it Ska or what?  Thanks to your daughter from Melnet.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 19, 2012, 08:47:55 AM
Today we have

The Blue Eyed Strangler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwYxsKQRjm8)

I'm going to miss these when the month is up -  a lovely cheery start to my working day.  Thank you Lester for all your hard work in posting these! (:) (:) (:)

Who said is was stopping? I know a few more tunes yet  ;)

http://reasonablyaccuratemelodeonist.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://reasonablyaccuratemelodeonist.blogspot.co.uk/)

Wow Lester - my cup runneth over!!  In all seriousness this will be a wonderful resource for many box players.  I just worry that the You Tube hard drives might fill up before you run out of tunes!!! ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: joreema on September 19, 2012, 10:14:30 AM
http://soundcloud.com/joreema/hunt-the-hare-set

Great fun, and great rhythm! Where did you get those tunes from?

Thank You.

The tunes are from John Kirkpatricks English Choice.

The rhythm is developed while a Nordic Walking session with my dog.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 19, 2012, 10:15:53 AM
I just worry that the You Tube hard drives might fill up before you run out of tunes!!! ;)

As YouTube is owned by Google, that could mean Google's search engine storage being gradually taken over by Lester's videos. Eventually a Google search for anything will produce a page of links to Lester playing English music on his melodeon.

Be very afraid  :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||:
(not really, worse things could happen...)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 19, 2012, 10:19:48 AM
I just worry that the You Tube hard drives might fill up before you run out of tunes!!! ;)

As YouTube is owned by Google, that could mean Google's search engine storage being gradually taken over by Lester's videos. Eventually a Google search for anything will produce a page of links to Lester playing English music on his melodeon.

Be very afraid  :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||: :||:
(not really, worse things could happen...)
Does this mean that Lester's plan for world domination is now in full swing? ;) ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 19, 2012, 10:20:51 AM
It will only be English this month, other stuff starting 1st October, maybe even some Irish (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 19, 2012, 10:23:23 AM
It will only be English this month, other stuff starting 1st October, maybe even some Irish (:)
Today England, next month Ireland, November........ THE WORLD!!!!!! ;D ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 19, 2012, 03:36:56 PM
Due to recalcitrance in the Google Blogger software I have had to redo the blog

http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: tjsmithdog5 on September 19, 2012, 06:40:21 PM

http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/)

Good 'un, Lester. Thanks!!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 19, 2012, 09:57:52 PM
Here we are me heartys, a rendition spawned by the infinitessimal delight of melodeons, a cornucopia of free reeds, as if Sir Charles Wheatstone was an angel sent from heaven. The juxtaposition of the neatly separated sensuality of the treble reeds and the gruff bass notes reminiscent of the dark tones of Chaliapine remind one of primitive homelands; the place that we dream of yet have never visited and will never see again, where the angels play dedic tuned double stringed psalteries, where a tune from Cutting can be played in an instant after a first delightful hearing, and where fondos are never warped.

OOPS  - sorry - I thought it said 'Talk like a Prat day'.........

So messmates, here's Cap'n Pugwash, with utterings, before I go for a roll in the scuppers and a heave-ho in the rigging

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnq1AwnfV6o&feature=youtu.be

 >:E
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Pete Dunk on September 19, 2012, 11:36:30 PM
and where fondos are never warped.

Now yer just talking daft . . .  ::)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 20, 2012, 08:01:40 AM
Today's tune

The Waltz from the Michael Turner Collection (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-22-turners-waltz-waltz-from.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Theo on September 20, 2012, 08:05:48 AM
Today's tune

The Waltz from the Michael Turner Collection (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-22-turners-waltz-waltz-from.html)

Just says "This video is private"
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 20, 2012, 08:08:00 AM
Today's tune

The Waltz from the Michael Turner Collection (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-22-turners-waltz-waltz-from.html)

Just says "This video is private"

Ooopps, now fixed   :-[
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Clive Williams on September 20, 2012, 08:39:30 AM
Today's tune

The Waltz from the Michael Turner Collection (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-22-turners-waltz-waltz-from.html)

Er, is that English Lester?  >:E NIcely played sir!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 20, 2012, 09:27:29 AM
Today's tune

The Waltz from the Michael Turner Collection (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-22-turners-waltz-waltz-from.html)

Er, is that English Lester?  >:E NIcely played sir!

By adoption it is  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 20, 2012, 11:45:15 AM
First of a new batch:

The Ampleforth Sword dance tune (North Riding of Yorkshire). A lovely modal tune in Em  A similar tune was also collected in the Yorkshire Dales

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmszlQW6hf8&feature=youtu.be

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 20, 2012, 11:48:05 AM
Next one up, another sword dance tune, this time from Sleights also in the North Riding of Yorkshire (note - North Yorkshire is a figment invented by a previous conservative government)  >:E

'Old mother Hi Ti' - collected by Cecil Sharp and published in his Sword Dance tunes book

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwidsInyeqM

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 20, 2012, 11:51:02 AM
Down and across to East Anglia for the Heel and Toe Polka (the first recognisable tune I ever played on Melodeon!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQvGRRwYqTw

This doesnt seem to get played much these days -it's time for a revival!!  At Cricklade '77 Reg Reader played it for 20 minutes........
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 20, 2012, 11:56:05 AM
Back to Yorkshire, but the East Riding this time.

Fathers Polka from the playing of Billy Harrison, the older bloke in my profile picture.
Billy was a fiddle and 'cello player from Nunburnholme, east of York. In his '80s he was still entertaining punters in the pub in Millington.
Here's a link to an article about Billy wriuttenm by my mate Jim Eldon
http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/harrison.htm

and here's the tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvHOPNh-Y6k

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 20, 2012, 12:03:01 PM
And finally, for those who remember the 'Dummy Keyboard' bit of the serious musos programme 'Face the Music' (with Robin Ray, Ted Ray's son).......

Guess the waltz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXwNMaTkehc

(who forgot to turn the mike on then.....)   :o

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 20, 2012, 12:24:02 PM
This doesnt seem to get played much these days -it's time for a revival!!  At Cricklade '77 Reg Reader played < Heel and Toe Polka >  for 20 minutes........
Not dead yet.
Last Saturday at the Middleton Bell (E Suffolk) the same Reg Reader played it and people got up and danced!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 20, 2012, 12:38:38 PM
This doesnt seem to get played much these days -it's time for a revival!!  At Cricklade '77 Reg Reader played < Heel and Toe Polka >  for 20 minutes........
Not dead yet.
Last Saturday at the Middleton Bell (E Suffolk) the same Reg Reader played it and people got up and danced!
;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on September 20, 2012, 02:34:47 PM
This is DEFINITELY from England, 'cos I wrote it.....

Osbornes Mistake (a jig) , to commemorate that failed Pasty Tax and Caravan Tax.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6KMxLIpfsI

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Ash on September 21, 2012, 06:10:53 AM
A tune which, I think, meets the original East Anglian remit (and pretty certainly the English one).

"The perfect cure"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVHzmoHs6pg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVHzmoHs6pg)

Played on a Cliff Mott 'Cajun Pride' one-row which somehow I'm struggling to get to grips with - I find it much harder to play than my cheap Chinese one-row - perhaps it's because all the air goes to where it's supposed to. Suprisingly too, YouTube makes both boxes sound almost exactly the same, yet they don't when heard for real - though that may have something to do with using my old laptop's internal mic.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 21, 2012, 07:49:23 AM
Another day, another morris tune

Cuckoo's Nest from Illmington, a major key version of the tune. (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-23-nest-illmington-different.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Mcgrooger on September 21, 2012, 10:05:02 PM
Here are a couple of schottische-y English tunes from me which fit the bill. The first is Foul Weather Call, which I posted a version of previously for the 'Winter' theme. The second tune is a version of The Swiss Boy which appears in the collection which is most local to where I live. The version here (or summat like it) appears in the Browne Collection from Town End in Troutbeck village which is just up the road from here. Thank you to Hugh Taylor for sharing the tune and the info on it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc31jyC8VBQ
I used the weird colour scheme because when I shot the footage the sun went down and went from a nice hard Northern light to a sickly yellow in the course of the piece!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 22, 2012, 08:18:25 AM
Here are a couple of schottische-y English tunes from me which fit the bill. The first is Foul Weather Call, which I posted a version of previously for the 'Winter' theme. The second tune is a version of The Swiss Boy which appears in the collection which is most local to where I live. The version here (or summat like it) appears in the Browne Collection from Town End in Troutbeck village which is just up the road from here. Thank you to Hugh Taylor for sharing the tune and the info on it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc31jyC8VBQ
I used the weird colour scheme because when I shot the footage the sun went down and went from a nice hard Northern light to a sickly yellow in the course of the piece!

Brilliant as ever.  Subtle, musical and interesting. Love the psychedelic vid as well!!  When I watch this I realise I've really only scratched the surface so far.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 22, 2012, 08:30:07 AM
Today we have:

Oscar Woods (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-24-woods-eponymous-jig-from-iconic.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: TomB on September 22, 2012, 01:55:49 PM
Here are a couple of tunes written by musician John Richie from his book 'Flowers of the Manor', published in 1995.

The Dove     http://snd.sc/Oi7gou

Morning Hornpipe      http://snd.sc/Oi7nAw
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 23, 2012, 09:24:55 AM
Today's Tune

Bodmin Riding (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-25-riding-tune-from-bodmin.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Eoin Mac on September 23, 2012, 11:43:50 AM
Cheers Lester you've set up a brilliant resource for those of us just starting to find our way around a box and a few tunes. I've really enjoyed checking then out as you've posted them. Cheers... (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on September 23, 2012, 11:54:42 AM
Here are a couple of tunes written by musician John Richie from his book 'Flowers of the Manor', published in 1995.

The Dove     http://snd.sc/Oi7gou
Morning Hornpipe      http://snd.sc/Oi7nAw

Thanks - those are really nice tunes!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 24, 2012, 08:09:24 AM
Today's Tune

Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-26-lass-of-richmond-hill-this-tune.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: smiley on September 24, 2012, 09:08:43 AM
I think I need to confess that with each new episode of Lester's videos I first look to see if he's closed those drawers on his right-hand side yet. I'll probably need therapy by the end of the month ... or will his final video feature the room all tidied up?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 24, 2012, 09:13:26 AM
I think I need to confess that with each new episode of Lester's videos I first look to see if he's closed those drawers on his right-hand side yet. I'll probably need therapy by the end of the month ... or will his final video feature the room all tidied up?

I will try harder but I have a fair few videos in hand so don't hold your breath (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 24, 2012, 09:17:02 AM
I think I need to confess that with each new episode of Lester's videos I first look to see if he's closed those drawers on his right-hand side yet. I'll probably need therapy by the end of the month ... or will his final video feature the room all tidied up?

I will try harder but I have a fair few videos in hand so don't hold your breath (:)
How about in December doing a musical advent calendar where different drawers and cubby holes reveal various Christmas based items?  Obviously we would need a a different Christmas tune every day? ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 25, 2012, 08:31:44 AM
Today we have

Mrs Saggs (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/blog-post_25.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: diatosoldo on September 25, 2012, 03:16:19 PM
Or

Dennis Crowther's Number 2 and Number 1 (http://youtu.be/vo16Vj88lRg)

I DO like theese tunes ! could you tell me more about Dennis Crowther whom I don't know at all ?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Steve_freereeder on September 25, 2012, 04:29:06 PM
Or

Dennis Crowther's Number 2 and Number 1 (http://youtu.be/vo16Vj88lRg)

I DO like theese tunes ! could you tell me more about Dennis Crowther whom I don't know at all ?
I don't know much either, other than Dennis Crowther was a singer, poet and mouth-organ player from south Shropshire. He died in 2008. John Kirkpatrick recorded his playing - three of his tunes: Dennis Crowther's Nos. 1 2 and 3, appear in JK's tunebook 'Opus Pocus'.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 25, 2012, 04:46:14 PM
Or

Dennis Crowther's Number 2 and Number 1 (http://youtu.be/vo16Vj88lRg)

I DO like theese tunes ! could you tell me more about Dennis Crowther whom I don't know at all ?
I don't know much either, other than Dennis Crowther was a singer, poet and mouth-organ player from south Shropshire. He died in 2008. John Kirkpatrick recorded his playing - three of his tunes: Dennis Crowther's Nos. 1 2 and 3, appear in JK's tunebook 'Opus Pocus'.

And he lived in the village of Clee Hill just outside Ludlow, hence his No. 1 sometimes being referred too a Clee Hill. Spookily he was still alive and living in Clee Hill when I commuted through the village for two months whilst training at the radar station on top of Clee Hill in 1971. If I only knew then what I know now  :(

(http://shropshire.staysoon.co.uk/picture_gallery/large_images/1637.jpg)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: OwenG on September 25, 2012, 05:04:11 PM
Clee Hill - home of the Clee Hill Boot Dance as demonstrated here by Rees Wesson of this parish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNkJVMElZT0
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Ash on September 25, 2012, 07:22:28 PM
Thought I'd have a go at something where I wasn't just 'oom-pahing' through the basses and came up with this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQyJ34cFkL8&feature=plcp

Swaggering Boney, which I always thought was a Fieldtown tune, but a bit of research suggests it might be Longborough?

Needs some work yet...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Spikey on September 25, 2012, 10:52:17 PM
Thought I'd have a go at something where I wasn't just 'oom-pahing' through the basses and came up with this:

I really liked this - you play with such power and drive - it sounded to me very similar to Ollie's style of playing.  Am still trying to work out what it is that produces this great effect - apart from natural talent of course (:).

And for something completely different...since hearing the Old Lancashire Hornpipe on the Spiers & Boden Tunes CD I have wanted to have a go - there is something about the odd rhythm that is very appealing.  (Warning - not a complete newbie, but a beginner attempt.  Will I still be able to use this as an excuse 10 years down the track? ::))

http://youtu.be/PHUCR93CWRU

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 26, 2012, 07:37:42 AM
Today's Tune

Steamboat Hornpipe (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/blog-post_26.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 27, 2012, 08:06:23 AM
Today's Tune

Mrs Casey a morris tune from Kirtlington (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-29-mrs-casey-kirtlington-morris.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 28, 2012, 07:49:32 AM
Today's Tune

Idbury Hill (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-30-hill-bledington-morris-dance.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Daddy Long Les on September 28, 2012, 08:00:27 AM
Today's Tune

Idbury Hill (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-30-hill-bledington-morris-dance.html)

Nice............ and was that a smile at the end? ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 29, 2012, 09:20:09 AM
Today's Tune

Salmon Tails Up the Water (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-31-tails-up-water-this-tune-was.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Pete Dunk on September 29, 2012, 10:01:37 PM
Nice............ and was that a smile at the end? ;)

Wind I think. Lester isn't given to bouts of good humour in my experience.  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 29, 2012, 10:03:48 PM
Nice............ and was that a smile at the end? ;)

Wind I think. Lester isn't given to bouts of good humour in my experience.  ;)

If you don't watch out I'll start my joke thread on here.  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 30, 2012, 07:43:31 AM
Today's Tune

 Sheriff's Ride (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-32-ride-lichfield-morris-dance.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Spikey on September 30, 2012, 07:11:10 PM
Just to congratulate Lester on his marathon effort this month.  What started out as 'First of a few' barrelled into a great collection of tunes - and I'm still working through them.  Thanks Lester (:) , and it begs the question - what will you do for next month?  Apart from shut that bloomin' drawer ;).
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Helena Handcart on September 30, 2012, 07:25:40 PM
Just to congratulate Lester on his marathon effort this month. 

Seconded, I am really enjoying these tunes.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Jinkers1 on September 30, 2012, 07:45:51 PM
Today's Tune

 Sheriff's Ride (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/tune-32-ride-lichfield-morris-dance.html)

Great tune - one of my favorites!  Thank you!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on September 30, 2012, 08:05:31 PM
It is my intention to just carry on my Lester's Tune-a-Day Blog (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/) and I will post in the Videos & Recordings section  :o
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Spikey on September 30, 2012, 08:28:42 PM
Ah, yes - I had not realised there was an Introduction tab on your Tune-a-Day...great idea, looking forward to the next year's worth (:).  And the photos of your melodeons are excellent - really crisp and clear (I must have the bug badly to be drooling over good melodeon photos :o).
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Clive Williams on October 01, 2012, 12:32:25 AM
End of the month folks! Time to move onto another theme; as ever late additions always welcome - just tag them on here.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on October 03, 2012, 11:26:54 PM
I was going to post this for Theme of the month, but too busy at the time, so here it is now, better late than never. Also because of the discussion of this tune in another thread.

http://youtu.be/iCOnhd6RPnI  The Duke of Kent's Waltz

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: gmatkin on October 04, 2012, 07:40:09 AM
The Sussex Cotillion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ijCAbf2noY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ijCAbf2noY)

It's a wonderful, statuesque kind of tune that has taken my fancy lately, and no doubt we'll play it at the first First Sunday Session at the Gun & Spitroast at Horsmonden on Sunday evening.

Sussex is in England, but we also know that it's close to France, the country from which we got the cotillion in the first place. I guess the point I'm making is that I think there's good reason to be a little skeptical when people say a particular tune 'belongs' to a people or a place - because in reality so many are shared, as you'd expect with a commodity that gets shared and passed along

For example, we English think Buttered Pease comes from Yorkshire, but the Scots think it's theirs, as it's used as a pipe tune...

Gavin
 
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Anahata on October 04, 2012, 08:41:29 AM
For example, we English think Buttered Pease comes from Yorkshire, but the Scots think it's theirs, as it's used as a pipe tune...

The Welsh claim it too, and say the name is a corruption of Pwt-ar-y-Bys.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Theo on October 04, 2012, 09:43:28 AM
For example, we English think Buttered Pease comes from Yorkshire, but the Scots think it's theirs, as it's used as a pipe tune...

The Welsh claim it too, and say the name is a corruption of Pwt-ar-y-Bys.

I though everyone knew it was a Northumbrian smallpipe tune. ::)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: pikey on October 04, 2012, 01:16:00 PM
On the basis that God created Yorkshire first, it's a Yorkshire tune!

#gardenofeden

 ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: gmatkin on October 04, 2012, 06:06:51 PM
Anahata -

The Scotsman who told me it was a pipe tune, also told me it is usually one of the first tunes a new piper learns, and that the Scottish Gaelic title translates as 'I Fart Upon your Finger'.

Lord knows whether the last bit is true, but it struck me as quaint at least. I pressed him as much as I dared short of actually being rude, and he seemed pretty sure.

If it is true, my guess is that an English name may have been converted into a Gaelic one with a similar sound, but which happens to make no sense.

Gavin
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Spikey on November 20, 2012, 08:24:08 PM
Have been practising Morris tunes so while I had the camera out for TOTM... this is the tune (Ring O'Bells) to my favourite dance so far - Stop Me and Buy One - and I have recently found out that the dance was written by Lester!  Thank you Lester, it's such a great dance - so exciting to watch, and I am still trying to get to grips with the 'dodgy chorus', hoping that at least everyone else knows which sticks they're supposed to be keeping and throwing (:).
http://youtu.be/9a5b88YbvqE
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Lester on November 20, 2012, 08:28:57 PM
Have been practising Morris tunes so while I had the camera out for TOTM... this is the tune (Ring O'Bells) to my favourite dance so far - Stop Me and Buy One - and I have recently found out that the dance was written by Lester!  Thank you Lester, it's such a great dance - so exciting to watch, and I am still trying to get to grips with the 'dodgy chorus', hoping that at least everyone else knows which sticks they're supposed to be keeping and throwing (:).
http://youtu.be/9a5b88YbvqE

 :|bl

Who do you dance with?

Stop Me and But One (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM_NliSIWWw)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
Post by: Spikey on November 20, 2012, 09:56:30 PM
City of Auckland - I'm more at the 'preschool' stage, with occasional forays out in public.  Started going to practice as learning the melodeon, but tried dancing and was hooked, and they let me in!
Thank you for the link (:), I shall have to keep watching your Aldbury video to help me with the sticking - to avoid those moments when you have 2 sticks and find another one heading in your direction :o.