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Title: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Clive Williams on December 01, 2012, 12:44:37 AM
Well, I did warn you! The Official Branle (aka Ding Dong Merrily on High) didn't get made TOTM this month, and as an inevitable and unavoidable consequence, this month goes all festive again with the return of the Christmas and winter tunes theme.

It is December... and we will be festive!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on December 01, 2012, 06:08:05 PM
Festive.........................

Hmmm

http://youtu.be/svIkKIlxj1s

All the best
Bill

PS the black/screen hat is what I wear for Border Morris, (in response to pseudo jihadist feedback)
http://youtu.be/V6A1ePIGNbY
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: RogerT on December 02, 2012, 08:06:08 AM
Festive.........................

Hmmm

http://youtu.be/svIkKIlxj1s


great video - though the pseudo jihadist face mask is um a bit strange...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 02, 2012, 10:11:07 AM
For  The Return of the Christmas Theme

The Return of Lester's Christmas Tune Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZVSD_ijtP8)  new stuff during the 12 days of Christmas  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: boxcall on December 02, 2012, 11:53:39 PM
Festive.........................

Hmmm

http://youtu.be/svIkKIlxj1s

All the best
Bill

PS the black/screen hat is what I wear for Border Morris, (in response to pseudo jihadist feedback)

 very nice! Bill
I thought you were trying to be one of the wise men ( but I didn't understand the screen).

Michael
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 03, 2012, 09:55:07 AM
Silent Night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAy3SJk34FI
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 03, 2012, 09:56:06 AM
In the meak blid winter......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_vw84ucdaE
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 03, 2012, 09:57:25 AM
Mike Oldfields hit, In Dulci Jubilo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqtCYOPJl6w
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 03, 2012, 09:58:23 AM
A less well known carol - When the Holly Bears a Berry  (not a Mary Berry......)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_XCkawgkmA
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 03, 2012, 10:00:15 AM
Jona Lewies Xmas hit, Stop the Cavalry  (did you know he was the same bloke as reckless Eric?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OosubMqt0Rw

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 03, 2012, 10:29:19 AM
Jona Lewies Xmas hit, Stop the Cavalry  (did you know he was the same bloke as reckless Eric?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OosubMqt0Rw

Originally a trad tune called Rub-a-Dub or the Stockport Polka
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Strigulino on December 03, 2012, 01:00:17 PM
Lovely - I shall probably trot out Deck the Halls aka Nos Galan when I can get a moment at home to play it.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: boxcall on December 03, 2012, 04:43:43 PM
For  The Return of the Christmas Theme

The Return of Lester's Christmas Tune Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZVSD_ijtP8)  new stuff during the 12 days of Christmas  (:)
Nice video!! Lester
does the first tune have another name like christmas time is here?

to many good tunes to choose from but here's a couple I like
 http://youtu.be/Z_-YKEKVITI
 
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 03, 2012, 05:15:28 PM
Nice video!! Lester
does the first tune have another name like christmas time is here?

Ta!

The tunes are more commonly known as

Ding Dong Merrily on High
Deck the Halls
Good King Wenceslas
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: AirTime on December 03, 2012, 06:03:34 PM
Nice work pikey - some good choices there, & Strig - Hark the Herald also nice. Ding, Dong Merrily on High from Lester.  all going into the (growing) "to-do" pile!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: GPS on December 03, 2012, 06:34:50 PM
Jona Lewies Xmas hit, Stop the Cavalry  (did you know he was the same bloke as reckless Eric?)

Don't think so - Jona Lewie was born John Lewis in Southampton in 1947; Wreckless Eric was born Eric Goulden in Newhaven in 1954.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 03, 2012, 07:58:18 PM
I stand corrected  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 04, 2012, 11:32:08 AM
Winters Night Schottische, with all the right notes as played by Stephen Baldwin (but not all the right notes from the original printed sheet music......)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqgCIr-0WLw

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: GPS on December 04, 2012, 03:05:16 PM
I stand corrected  ;D

Not "corrected" but "with enhanced knowledge"!   :D

Graham
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Six Stars on December 04, 2012, 04:52:02 PM
Jona Lewies Xmas hit, Stop the Cavalry  (did you know he was the same bloke as reckless Eric?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OosubMqt0Rw

He might not have been Wreckless Eric - but he was with Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 04, 2012, 07:55:41 PM
He was!  I knew he was something else!  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Chris Brimley on December 05, 2012, 01:27:09 PM
I don't know if this counts really, as it's not a Christmas song, and I'm not a Christian.  However I do think the sheer humanity of this piece of music merits its place in any season of goodwill, as a tribute to Norwegians, so here's my (very) humble copy.

https://soundcloud.com/chrisbrimley/rest-in-peace-utoya
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on December 05, 2012, 04:15:06 PM

'Conciliatory' video after response to first posting.

http://youtu.be/jltfK-pRB3c

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Bob Ellis on December 05, 2012, 05:28:57 PM
Yours truly with Crook Morris, performing a Christmas Morris dance at a ceilidh last Saturday. I may not be immediately obvious, but my melodeon and I are with the musicians who are hidden behind the dancers (for our own safety!)  >:E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zue4g74CUww

Enjoy (or not!)  ::)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Mcgrooger on December 05, 2012, 07:21:39 PM
My 'festive' song which I posted some time ago and wrote even longer ago. It ends with the tune 'Hunsup Through the Wood'.  Coincidentally it was also performed at the Crook Morris Ceilidh (by Tumbling Tom - the ceilidh band I'm in) featured in Bob's vid.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0qJK_Wmqz8

Edited 6/12/12 to show correct YouTube link. :|bl
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 05, 2012, 10:36:31 PM
My 'festive' song which I posted some time ago and wrote even longer ago. It ends with the tune 'Hunsup Through the Wood'.  Coincidentally it was also performed at the Crook Morris Ceilidh (by Tumbling Tom - the ceilidh band I'm in) featured in Bob's vid.

Sorry, that's a link to Herbert The Sherbet!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on December 05, 2012, 11:22:29 PM
Anyone remember. " Ring the bells with Christmas Timex. Dingaling a ding a ding dang dong"
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 06, 2012, 02:44:26 AM
Anyone remember. " Ring the bells with Christmas Timex. Dingaling a ding a ding dang dong"

I think you mean

Ring the bells with Christmas Timex,
Tick-a-tick-a-Timex, tra-la-la

 (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on December 06, 2012, 08:03:37 AM
Anyone remember. " Ring the bells with Christmas Timex. Dingaling a ding a ding dang dong"

I think you mean

Ring the bells with Christmas Timex,
Tick-a-tick-a-Timex, tra-la-la

 (:)

That's the one!! And dead easy to play too
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Sandy on December 06, 2012, 08:26:23 AM
Anyone remember. " Ring the bells with Christmas Timex. Dingaling a ding a ding dang dong"

No but this one rings a bell  :P  "Would Jesus wear a Rolex?"
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Mcgrooger on December 06, 2012, 12:48:47 PM
My 'festive' song which I posted some time ago and wrote even longer ago. It ends with the tune 'Hunsup Through the Wood'.  Coincidentally it was also performed at the Crook Morris Ceilidh (by Tumbling Tom - the ceilidh band I'm in) featured in Bob's vid.

Sorry, that's a link to Herbert The Sherbet!

Thanks Pete. I've edited it and it should show the correct link now.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 06, 2012, 01:00:43 PM
Anyone remember. " Ring the bells with Christmas Timex. Dingaling a ding a ding dang dong"

No but this one rings a bell  :P  "Would Jesus wear a Rolex?"

Unlikely - he wouldn't be able to slip it on past the nails.   ;D

(quickly exists.. PS I'm a Christian)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Roland Carson on December 06, 2012, 01:02:09 PM
Quote
I don't know if this counts really, as it's not a Christmas song, and I'm not a Christian.  However I do think the sheer humanity of this piece of music merits its place in any season of goodwill, as a tribute to Norwegians, so here's my (very) humble copy.

https://soundcloud.com/chrisbrimley/rest-in-peace-utoya


I have heard the young girl play this and it is beautiful; as is your version here Chris. It is so sad and has sent shivers down my spine as it did when you played it a High Barn.

I take my hat off to you for this beautifully played piece of music.
Roland
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Nick Collis Bird on December 06, 2012, 01:09:39 PM
Anyone remember. " Ring the bells with Christmas Timex. Dingaling a ding a ding dang dong"

No but this one rings a bell  :P  "Would Jesus wear a Rolex?"

Unlikely - he wouldn't be able to slip it on past the nails.   ;D


(quickly exists.. PS I'm a Christian)

Probably would have been nicked by then anyway.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: langleymick on December 06, 2012, 02:15:16 PM
My offering for the jolly hollys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLR7Fk8Glbs&feature=plcp
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 06, 2012, 07:08:02 PM
Thanks Pete. I've edited it and it should show the correct link now.

Cracking song, excellent playing!  ;D

*note to self* you can play and sing with concertina and guitar, must try harder with melodeon!

*reply to self* tried it. Passed out due to breathing with bellows direction, bummer.  :|glug
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Mcgrooger on December 06, 2012, 08:28:38 PM
Thanks Pete. I've edited it and it should show the correct link now.

Cracking song, excellent playing!  ;D

*note to self* you can play and sing with concertina and guitar, must try harder with melodeon!

*reply to self* tried it. Passed out due to breathing with bellows direction, bummer.  :|glug

Thank you for that Pete. I usually sing with guitar too. I can just manage two songs at the moment whilst playing melodeon at the same time - this one and The Wild Boar (as sung by Jon Loomis, I believe) which I keep meaning to put up on YouTube. I can pretty much only sing along if I'm playing the same tune as I'm singing - I can't do it to a harmony or to sparse accompaniments.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 06, 2012, 09:19:51 PM
I can pretty much only sing along if I'm playing the same tune as I'm singing - I can't do it to a harmony or to sparse accompaniments.

This isn't something I am usually good at but I have a song book of harmony parts arranged by Craig, Morgan, Robson (we attended a workshop with these talented singers and arrangers - it was simply awesome!) There is a lovely song called 'When the Snows of Winter Fall' and I can manage to sing the melody whilst playing the second (harmony) line on English concertina. The other way around would be impossible for me I simply 'must' sing the melody, I can learn the second part and sing it well enough until I hear the melody, then I'm off and following the main theme!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Anahata on December 07, 2012, 04:21:54 PM
I liked The Official Bransle (candidate for Tune of the Month) so much I decided to play it anyway for this section instead.

http://youtu.be/R2UUK2oI-2Q - Official Bransle, with well known seasonal association.

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: boxcall on December 07, 2012, 05:27:00 PM
To All,
Sorry about adding to comments in earlier post!
Post edited to where I should have left it.
Michael
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Strigulino on December 08, 2012, 07:24:53 PM
Just did my first bodge fix. Button mechanism pushing the button next to it.

Anyway I was out playing carols today so I couldn't resist an unusual angle. More carols another day (got lots of practice today)! I'd have videoed but was in a marquee with children making wooden reindeer so much hammering going on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpUNP9OsDB0

/edit Had to re-upload video.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 08, 2012, 09:12:53 PM
To All,
Sorry about adding to comments in earlier post!
Post edited to where I should have left it.
Michael

?? I'm struggling to recall a time when you've been anything other positive with your posts Michael! Sometimes posts that deserve a response get bypassed because forum members who think 'I must reply to that post' end up being too busy on that day and then forget but that's our fault not yours and no criticism is intended. Did I miss a post when you were a really bad boy?  :o
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Spikey on December 09, 2012, 08:28:20 AM
A New Zealand Christmas Carol - Te Harinui - NZers will likely cringe at this as it is the one that everyone sings at Christmas time, but it is a really lovely tune (honest!).

http://youtu.be/zLJL7qjMCzM

(Written by Willow Macky in 1957, about Samuel Marsden first preaching in the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814 - it has some lovely words that bring a lump to the throat when the children sing it at school)


Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 09, 2012, 11:33:18 AM
A New Zealand Christmas Carol - Te Harinui - NZers will likely cringe at this as it is the one that everyone sings at Christmas time, but it is a really lovely tune (honest!).

http://youtu.be/zLJL7qjMCzM

(Written by Willow Macky in 1957, about Samuel Marsden first preaching in the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814 - it has some lovely words that bring a lump to the throat when the children sing it at school)

What a delightful tune! That's going on my 'to learn' list straight away.

X:42
T:Te Harinui
C:Willow Macky
M:3/4
L:1/4
Q:1/4=180
K:D
"D"D D D|"D4"F2 G|"F#m" A3- |A2 A|"G"B2 B|"A"A2 G|
"D"F3- |F2 F|"Am"A2 A|"B7"G2 F|"Em" E3-| E2 E|"A7" G2 G|
F2 E| "D"(A3 | "D4"AB"D7"c)|| "G" d3  |"Em"c2 B |"D"A F2-|"D" F3|
"G"B3|"A"A2 G| "Bm"F D2- | D3|"Em"G3|"A7"F2 E||
"D"A3|"G"B2 G|"D"F F2|"A7"(ED)E|"D"D3-| D2  ||
     
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: AirTime on December 09, 2012, 03:19:33 PM
Quote
A New Zealand Christmas Carol - Te Harinui - NZers will likely cringe at this as it is the one that everyone sings at Christmas time, but it is a really lovely tune (honest!).

Very nice! Another one for the "To-do" list!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Spikey on December 10, 2012, 12:21:50 AM
I'm so glad you like it, it really got me the first time I heard it too.  And thank you for putting up the ABC tallship (:).
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 10, 2012, 03:06:45 PM
I'm so glad you like it, it really got me the first time I heard it too.  And thank you for putting up the ABC tallship (:).

T'was easy! (http://folksong.org.nz/abc_files.html)  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Strigulino on December 11, 2012, 10:10:09 PM
As I said before, got loads of practice recently! I now have a number of carols I'm happy with; here is a festival of 30 second bits of carols so I can remember how I did them for the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InTE5M0ZbAw
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Clive Williams on December 12, 2012, 12:50:25 AM
Here's my contribution this month; I've enjoyed listening to La Chavannee's Christmas album La Fleur des Noels over the past few days (on Spotify if you haven't found it yet), and thought I'd have a shot at one of the tunes on there which I think is particularly beautiful...

Sont Trois Rois en Compagne - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B2CnZ60f2A

It's played on the Bb/Eb Hohner Preciosa, in F minor (A minor on a D/G) though even that needs a couple of accidentals. I've multi-tracked it (6 tracks!), and frankly ripped off La Chavannee's arrangement - it's just such a beautiful arrangement I couldn't resist.

Happy Christmas!

Clive

(by the way, mp3 download is in my Sound Files site, see signature)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: boxcall on December 12, 2012, 08:37:38 PM

?? I'm struggling to recall a time when you've been anything other positive with your posts Michael!

 Did I miss a post when you were a really bad boy?  :o
I try to stay positive , I didn't want my words to be seen as negative. that's all.

Probably !!! checkout my new profile picture and you'll see why


Here's a couple of tunes for this months theme
I was just messing about trying to work in some bass where it sounds good nothing great yet!

The little drummer boy  http://youtu.be/dz9EqdoW_mA

Deck the halls  http://youtu.be/ta2B9Hb9-TA

Michael
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Anahata on December 14, 2012, 11:27:12 AM
As it's that time of year, and we're having this thread again, I'll take the opportunity to wish everybody a merry Christmas and once again open up the

  Wassail! (http://www.maryanahata.co.uk/wassail)

page on our web site, where you'll find some seasonal songs, a little melodeon content and a new song "Sweet Chiming Bells" from our new album released earlier this year.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Daddy Long Les on December 15, 2012, 09:13:54 AM
A New Zealand Christmas Carol - Te Harinui - NZers will likely cringe at this as it is the one that everyone sings at Christmas time, but it is a really lovely tune (honest!).

http://youtu.be/zLJL7qjMCzM

(Written by Willow Macky in 1957, about Samuel Marsden first preaching in the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814 - it has some lovely words that bring a lump to the throat when the children sing it at school)

Truly beautiful!  Lovely sensitive playing.  I love the harmonies and suspensions.  Thank you for sharing this with us.  Note to self:  must look out for a Morgane!!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 15, 2012, 09:18:46 AM
Note to self:  must look out for a Morgane!!

Hating to stand in the way of MADness but is is only a slightly better made and drier tuned Pokerwork  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Daddy Long Les on December 15, 2012, 09:22:52 AM
Note to self:  must look out for a Morgane!!

Hating to stand in the way of MADness but is is only a slightly better made and drier tuned Pokerwork  ;)

I don't own a Pokerwork but I do have a couple of Ericas, both German - same thing apart from the shape?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 15, 2012, 09:31:41 AM
Note to self:  must look out for a Morgane!!

Hating to stand in the way of MADness but is is only a slightly better made and drier tuned Pokerwork  ;)

I don't own a Pokerwork but I do have a couple of Ericas, both German - same thing apart from the shape?

IMO the Morgane is not as nice as an Erica just the tuning is drier, this can be achieved by your local tuner
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Daddy Long Les on December 15, 2012, 09:38:51 AM
Note to self:  must look out for a Morgane!!

Hating to stand in the way of MADness but is is only a slightly better made and drier tuned Pokerwork  ;)

I don't own a Pokerwork but I do have a couple of Ericas, both German - same thing apart from the shape?

IMO the Morgane is not as nice as an Erica just the tuning is drier, this can be achieved by your local tuner

Worth knowing, thanks Lester. (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: AirTime on December 15, 2012, 03:12:20 PM
Quote
Hating to stand in the way of MADness but is is only a slightly better made and drier tuned Pokerwork 

I'm always baffled when I hear this. Have you played a Morgane Lester? The Morgane line has larger mushroom shaped bass & treble  buttons, a smoother, quieter action, bigger, smoother bellows with high quality bellows tape, a softer, adjustable bass strap, a fancy treble grill & high quality hardware. The "natural wood" casing (verneered) also seems more solid & damage resistant. My Merlin is very significantly different to play than my Pokerworks.

As for the sound: I'm assuming that the reeds are basically the same across the Morgane/Pokerwork.Erica line, so a Pokerwork could presumably be made to sound like a Morgane. The dry-tuned Pokerworks I've heard (on Youtube) seem to sound very nice, but somewhat different from a Morgane, but I've not played a dry-tuned Pokerwork myself. To my ear, the Morgane has a distinctive sound.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 15, 2012, 04:45:38 PM
God Rest you Gerry Mentlemen  on a Theo re-tuned Hohner Club II with H reeds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2-8TxyZGNI&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Spikey on December 15, 2012, 07:56:07 PM
Thank you for doing this one pikey, it is one of my favourite carols (:).

Truly beautiful!  Lovely sensitive playing.  I love the harmonies and suspensions.  Thank you for sharing this with us.  Note to self:  must look out for a Morgane!!
It is not nearly as smooth as I had wanted it - am working on getting the change of bellows direction to be less noticeable (watching other players you can see they are doing this but it is so difficult to do), and I am still um-pah-ing like a trouper when this sort of tune requires something more subtle ::) - but thank you very much Les, am glad you liked it (:).

It is interesting that you like the sound of the Morgane - I was planning to get mine tuned more like a Pokerwork as I love the Morris sound - but am wondering now whether I should look out for a D/G Pokerwork so that I have both the wet and drier sounds.  And I do prefer the feel of the mushroom buttons on the Morgane.  Something to think about over Christmas...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: AirTime on December 16, 2012, 04:18:44 AM
Quote
It is not nearly as smooth as I had wanted it - am working on getting the change of bellows direction to be less noticeable (watching other players you can see they are doing this but it is so difficult to do), and I am still um-pah-ing like a trouper when this sort of tune requires something more subtle ::) - but thank you very much Les, am glad you liked it (:).

I think you're being too self-critical. It sounds pretty much perfect to me as it is!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Ziachmusi/Louise on December 16, 2012, 12:26:07 PM
Here's my offering
"Il est ne le divine Enfant"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ilBNrYochU&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ilBNrYochU&feature=youtu.be)
tried to smile and look cheerful as it's Christmas but not that successfully :|||:
Either way here's wishing all Melneters a loving, peaceful and merry Christmas - thanks for all the inspiration and support through this forum.

Louise (and Klaus)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 16, 2012, 02:04:27 PM
Superb! Thankyou, and happy Christmas
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 16, 2012, 02:11:17 PM
Here's my offering
"Il est ne le divine Enfant"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ilBNrYochU&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ilBNrYochU&feature=youtu.be)
tried to smile and look cheerful as it's Christmas but not that successfully :|||:
Either way here's wishing all Melneters a loving, peaceful and merry Christmas - thanks for all the inspiration and support through this forum.

Louise (and Klaus)

What have you done to Klaus' banjo?

Really nice tune, well played  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Ziachmusi/Louise on December 17, 2012, 10:40:28 AM
What have you done to Klaus' banjo?

Don't tempt me! >:E >:E
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Theo on December 17, 2012, 10:46:45 AM
Here's my offering
"Il est ne le divine Enfant"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ilBNrYochU&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ilBNrYochU&feature=youtu.be)
tried to smile and look cheerful as it's Christmas but not that successfully :|||:
Either way here's wishing all Melneters a loving, peaceful and merry Christmas - thanks for all the inspiration and support through this forum.

Louise (and Klaus)

Was hoping to hear the new Preciosa!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Ziachmusi/Louise on December 17, 2012, 11:02:47 AM
Was hoping to hear the new Preciosa!

I'm working on it, got to get used to the smaller buttons and different air behaviour first.
It's just soooo lovely, everyone's gonna be soooo envious :|||: :|||:
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Anahata on December 17, 2012, 06:00:47 PM
What have you done to Klaus' banjo?

Turned it into a musical instrument   >:E

Seriously, thanks Louise and Klaus - it was a lovely performance. Merry Christmas to you both!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Strigulino on December 18, 2012, 06:51:50 PM
Played before and after our work Carol concert, just for mood music while people were chatting and eating their mince pies.  Was most gratified when someone came up to ask what instrument it was, and that presumably it was something I'd been playing since I was a child.  So apparently I look like I've been playing for decades.  Someone also came up to ask if it was a concertina, though.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: pikey on December 18, 2012, 08:47:48 PM
Played before and after our work Carol concert, just for mood music while people were chatting and eating their mince pies.  Was most gratified when someone came up to ask what instrument it was, and that presumably it was something I'd been playing since I was a child.  So apparently I look like I've been playing for decades.  Someone also came up to ask if it was a concertina, though.

Well done Strig
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 21, 2012, 08:58:20 AM
For the Winter Solstice - In the Bleak Midwinter (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/post-114-in-bleak-midwinter.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: sqwzboxstudent on December 22, 2012, 01:17:57 PM
im following this thread with interest, my boss called me up yesterday to tell me hes expecting me to play to customers on monday! (and i dont know any christmas tunes) !!!! easy money though...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: AirTime on December 24, 2012, 05:49:59 AM
I've been working on a bunch of Christmas carols for the last couple of weeks. I thought I had them pretty much worked out ... until I tried actually recording them!  ::)

Here are three efforts:

Branle de l'Officiel (Ding Dong Merrily on High)

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Good King Wenceslaus

Hopefully the festive ambiance will make up for any shortcomings in the playing!


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

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vb7mF6yU1E

Merry Christmas everyone!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 24, 2012, 08:22:52 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFBC_DfPp_M

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vb7mF6yU1E

Merry Christmas everyone!

Your videos are set as PRIVATE  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: waltzman on December 24, 2012, 01:25:17 PM
Played before and after our work Carol concert, just for mood music while people were chatting and eating their mince pies.  Was most gratified when someone came up to ask what instrument it was, and that presumably it was something I'd been playing since I was a child.  So apparently I look like I've been playing for decades.  Someone also came up to ask if it was a concertina, though.

Played for a Christmas charity waltz this year and several people complimented my on my 'concertina' playing. ???
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: AirTime on December 24, 2012, 04:07:27 PM
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Your videos are set as PRIVATE 

Oops! Fixed! (I had been under the impression that "private" meant "the public" couldn't search for it, but anyone with the actual link could see it. Is that a different setting?  ???  Still struggling with 21st century technology!  :-[ )
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 24, 2012, 04:39:12 PM
I had been under the impression that "private" meant "the public" couldn't search for it, but anyone with the actual link could see it. Is that a different setting?

That is UNLISTED.

ps Videos were worth waiting for  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: AirTime on December 24, 2012, 06:05:03 PM
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That is UNLISTED.

Ah. Thanks Lester!

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ps Videos were worth waiting for 

Thanks Lester - you're too kind!  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Pete Dunk on December 24, 2012, 10:49:59 PM
Played for a Christmas charity waltz this year and several people complimented my on my 'concertina' playing. ???

Unfortunately people associated the word concertina with bellows of any kind, however crude, thus dragging down the image of true concertinas. As a concertina player I am touched by your concern for the reputation of proper instruments. You are awarded 5 house points and should go to the top of the class!  >:E
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: argonaut on December 25, 2012, 01:38:29 AM
A New Zealand Christmas Carol - Te Harinui - NZers will likely cringe at this as it is the one that everyone sings at Christmas time, but it is a really lovely tune (honest!).

http://youtu.be/zLJL7qjMCzM

(Written by Willow Macky in 1957, about Samuel Marsden first preaching in the Bay of Islands on Christmas Day 1814 - it has some lovely words that bring a lump to the throat when the children sing it at school)
Thanks very much for posting this, Spikey! It kicked off our little Christmas Eve celebration here in Oregon tonight, and put us in the mood for our trip to New Zealand next year, all at the same time!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Anahata on December 25, 2012, 08:45:40 AM
The setting you describe is called 'unlisted'. Private means you have tell YouTube exactly who can view it.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 25, 2012, 08:48:36 AM
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/tune-118-we-wish-you-merry-christmas.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 26, 2012, 08:51:52 AM
As it is the Feast of Steven

Good King Wenceslas (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/tune-119-good-king-wenceslas.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 28, 2012, 09:08:36 AM
The Holly and the Ivy (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/tune-121-holly-and-ivy.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 29, 2012, 09:00:36 AM
Ding Dong Merrily on High - le branle de l'Official (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/tune-122-ding-dong-merrily-on-high.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Lester on December 31, 2012, 08:32:46 AM
Nos Galan (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/tune-124-deck-halls.html) a Welsh New Year's Eve Carol
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for December 2012: The Return of the Christmas Theme
Post by: Clive Williams on January 01, 2013, 01:25:15 AM
Ho ho ho - time to move on again! Late contributions as ever much appreciated - append them to this thread - or save them till next year when there's a very strong chance we'll do it all again!