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Title: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Clive Williams on April 01, 2015, 01:44:24 AM
Hi folks,

A nice simple theme this month - tunes with place names in them, be they real or imaginary. That's quite a lot of tunes by my reckoning, so have fun!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Lester on April 01, 2015, 07:52:17 AM
A Left Turn at Albuquerque (Bugs Bunny reference) a tune by Matt Quinn

http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/tune-364-left-turn-at-albuquerque.html (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/tune-364-left-turn-at-albuquerque.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Ellison on April 01, 2015, 10:17:55 PM
Stamford Waltz by Jon Swayne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SADtCM3jhRA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SADtCM3jhRA)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: pikey on April 01, 2015, 10:45:33 PM
Flowers of Edinburgh

http://youtu.be/_0oC9fAV9As

51st Highlanders Farewell to Sicily

http://youtu.be/XS9zstN3_vM

My grandad was with them in the Royal Armoured Corps.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: pikey on April 01, 2015, 10:48:16 PM
White cliffs of Dover

http://youtu.be/XS9zstN3_vM

The Holmfirth anthem

http://youtu.be/jmOSubQmgNo
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: pikey on April 01, 2015, 10:50:29 PM
Lily of Laguna
http://youtu.be/eX0oEed9K_0

Bodmin Riding

http://youtu.be/DwxC6R8SjoY
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: pikey on April 01, 2015, 10:55:47 PM
Mull of Kintyre

http://youtu.be/HumWLBbfZvo

Seychelles mazurka ps Sharon Shannon learnt it from me ;-)

http://youtu.be/RViA2tYMx5U

Dingle Regatta
http://youtu.be/z9Um6kzaOFM
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Harp2 on April 02, 2015, 05:23:03 AM
Ill throw in Loch Lomond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJE8zIrNFiA

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: tjsmithdog5 on April 02, 2015, 05:19:28 PM
Stamford Waltz by Jon Swayne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SADtCM3jhRA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SADtCM3jhRA)

Really, really beautiful, Mr. E. I never tire of listening to your playing.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Anahata on April 02, 2015, 05:55:02 PM
There are so many place names in tunes. Here are some I did earlier:
Flaxley Green Dance and Danbury Hill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O8k8ne78RI)
Orangeville reel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slBeTtZsMRw)
Sussex Mazurka and Essex Bazurka (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH93bYL8WIY)

(I will do a new one...)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on April 02, 2015, 09:18:06 PM
https://youtu.be/mHYELq1aXAM

Carnival of Venice, Chelsea Reach, The Dark Island. (Tunes change at 1.42 and 3.00.)

Best wishes

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Barry Swanson on April 02, 2015, 09:44:57 PM
Ill throw in Loch Lomond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJE8zIrNFiA

...I like that, nice to hear someone singing, what model and key is your box?  Barry.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Clive Williams on April 03, 2015, 12:38:35 AM
Well, it didn't do great in the TOTM poll this month (why not, it's fantastic?), so by one of those coincidences that isn't a coincidence, I get to have a go at it anyway in ThOTM as a 'Places' tune.

Here is Thomas Walsh's beautiful air, Inisheer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8CXgyt8FjQ

There's lots of interesting information about the composer here: http://irishtunecomposers.weebly.com/thomas-walsh.html - the tune sounds like it's hundreds of years old, but no, it was written in the 1970's. Great great tune. One of few recently composed tunes that you can put your hand on your heart and say, yes, that's still going to be around in 200 years time (by which time it will be 'trad'!).

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

Cheers,

Clive

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Harp2 on April 03, 2015, 02:57:39 AM
Ill throw in Loch Lomond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJE8zIrNFiA

...I like that, nice to hear someone singing, what model and key is your box?  Barry.

Thank you Barry. Its a older Hohner Corso in C/F.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Robin Parson on April 03, 2015, 08:11:33 AM
Well, it didn't do great in the TOTM poll this month (why not, it's fantastic?), so by one of those coincidences that isn't a coincidence, I get to have a go at it anyway in ThOTM as a 'Places' tune.

Here is Thomas Walsh's beautiful air, Inisheer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8CXgyt8FjQ

There's lots of interesting information about the composer here: http://irishtunecomposers.weebly.com/thomas-walsh.html - the tune sounds like it's hundreds of years old, but no, it was written in the 1970's. Great great tune. One of few recently composed tunes that you can put your hand on your heart and say, yes, that's still going to be around in 200 years time (by which time it will be 'trad'!).

Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

Cheers,

Clive






We were very lucky to have Thomas staying in Seoul for a few months at the end of 2014, he's a lovely bloke and was down at the session every Sunday.

Here's an interview the IAK did with him one afternoon - he talks a bit about writing Inisheer at 1.30.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRcEdV9kfZ0
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: pikey on April 03, 2015, 02:38:13 PM
Napoleon crossing the Alps - East Riding of Yorkshire version

http://youtu.be/QcvqJ5aLrLg
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: pikey on April 03, 2015, 02:41:07 PM
London Pride

http://youtu.be/JYy5a4b6Nk8

Banbury Bill

http://youtu.be/N8AZEpJ1TU0

Mull of Kintyre

http://youtu.be/HumWLBbfZvo
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Bob Michel on April 06, 2015, 11:56:33 PM
Here are two reels composed by Liz Carroll, both named after streets in American cities:

http://youtu.be/Xb8H-ebqFlE

Wissahickon Drive is in northwest Philadelphia--just a few miles from where I'm sitting, actually. Morse Avenue is located in Liz's native Chicago. Both tunes are session standards hereabouts.

Bob Michel
Near Philly
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Sebastian on April 07, 2015, 08:30:04 AM
White cliffs of Dover

http://youtu.be/XS9zstN3_vM
This is still the 51st Highlanders Farewell, not the white cliffs. :'(
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: xgx on April 07, 2015, 10:01:28 AM
White cliffs of Dover

http://youtu.be/XS9zstN3_vM
This is still the 51st Highlanders Farewell, not the white cliffs. :'(

The tune is Farewell to the Creeks
http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandssongs/secondary/farewelltosicily.asp
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Bob Michel on April 07, 2015, 10:13:28 PM
One more topographical tune for this month's Theme, the four-part jig "The Humours of Ballyloughlin."

http://youtu.be/V4dX4Lmo4ac

So many Places, so little time.

Bob Michel
Near Philly
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: AndyShear on April 10, 2015, 08:43:14 PM
Hello

Zycanthos http://youtu.be/7X1f7B1m5Vc

You know when your doing something and there's a point in a job where it look worse than when you started . Well this might be at exactly that moment .....

Andy

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: robotmay on April 12, 2015, 11:38:59 AM
I learnt this funky minor version of a fairly well-known Welsh tune from the bagpipe playing of John Tose; I think it fits rather nicely on the box:

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/meillionen-o-feirionnydd
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Mcgrooger on April 13, 2015, 04:13:23 PM
I know nowt about Attingham as a place but hope it is one and that perhaps it inspired Helena Torpy to compose the Attingham Waltz.
Here's a go at it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRqBApV-gUs
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: forrest on April 17, 2015, 06:37:23 AM
There is a place in Ireland, where the birds are said "to increase". How they manage that is not forthcoming, but the name of the place is Bunclody, and here is it's own tune, which I always enjoy playing.

                       https://youtu.be/1toNv9v2qtc (https://youtu.be/1toNv9v2qtc)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: ferret on April 18, 2015, 12:30:25 PM
hello everyone
this is my first post and my first video
and although my playing is still rather poor (and so is my english)
i'd like to add a well known swiss tune called "Guggisbärg" (a small village between
the towns of Fribourg and Thun in the alps...).
Its melody is not very alpine, specially when you play it a bit faster,
that's why I added a kletzmer-tune that fits quite well I think....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRU1Mjp3ylc
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Sebastian on April 18, 2015, 12:53:03 PM
and although my playing is still rather poor
Not. :D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Roger Howard on April 18, 2015, 01:22:48 PM
and although my playing is still rather poor
Not. :D
I like it, too.  :D

Roger
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Sebastian on April 18, 2015, 03:31:53 PM
"Wir sind die Sänger von Finsterwalde (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finsterwalde)":

https://youtu.be/B2DfoYwokw4
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: up-fiddler on April 18, 2015, 05:06:47 PM
Well, it didn't do great in the TOTM poll this month (why not, it's fantastic?), so by one of those coincidences that isn't a coincidence, I get to have a go at it anyway in ThOTM as a 'Places' tune.

Here is Thomas Walsh's beautiful air, Inisheer
Played on a Castagnari Mory in D/G.

Cheers,

Clive

My goodness. It's not often a tune makes me cry. this is outstanding, Clive. thanks so much for posting. (And yes, I am playing it on my g/d/a/ Weltmeister right now.) thanks again, Dave
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: TomBom on April 19, 2015, 11:59:17 AM
"Wir sind die Sänger von Finsterwalde (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finsterwalde)":

https://youtu.be/B2DfoYwokw4
Superb! I love it!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Klonophonium on April 19, 2015, 01:06:34 PM
"Wir sind die Sänger von Finsterwalde (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finsterwalde)":

https://youtu.be/B2DfoYwokw4

Sehr schön  8)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Klonophonium on April 19, 2015, 01:11:57 PM
This is my contribution this month: Return From Helsinki. Wonderful tune  ::)

http://youtu.be/Jx-oUFAqwRs

Thomas
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Theo on April 19, 2015, 01:21:07 PM
Nice playing,  but you should credit the composer on your youtube:  Ian Stephenson
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: RogerT on April 19, 2015, 02:19:04 PM
There is a place in Ireland, where the birds are said "to increase". How they manage that is not forthcoming, but the name of the place is Bunclody, and here is it's own tune, which I always enjoy playing.

                       https://youtu.be/1toNv9v2qtc (https://youtu.be/1toNv9v2qtc)
I am moved to comment how great that tune is. But further, what an amazing looking instrument. If you've ever seen a canal boat in England you'll understand when I say it's painted up a bit like a canal boat. And I'm not saying that to be rude. It wouldn't be out of of place at a retro steam fairground either.
Anyway, nice playing.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Klonophonium on April 19, 2015, 02:29:10 PM
Nice playing,  but you should credit the composer on your youtube:  Ian Stephenson

Thanks. I have updated the video description.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Theo on April 19, 2015, 02:48:01 PM
Thank you. Ian is a friend.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Roland Carson on April 21, 2015, 01:02:21 PM
I really liked your Return from Helsinki by Ian Stephenson Thomas and it reminded me that we did this tune in a pub session a few years ago with Chris Brimley. Here it is:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlsegqAUaCw
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Roland Carson on April 21, 2015, 02:23:07 PM
And here is on taught to me recently by my friend from Switzerland Erich Shatti :- My roof is the sky above Zurich.
https://www.facebook.com/roland.carson/videos/vb.1037829270/10205348847374162/?type=2&theater
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Bob Michel on April 21, 2015, 03:17:30 PM
Before April's Theme gives way to a new one, here are a couple of hornpipes from "Ryan's Mammoth Collection" (Boston, 1883):

http://youtu.be/XiABEy5RTUU

I might have expected the Texarkana Blues, or just possibly the Texarkana Two-Step, but not a hornpipe. Turns out it bears a close family resemblance (at least) to both Rickett's and the Yarmouth Hornpipe. A lot of the tunes in Ryan's seem to have been named by someone pointing randomly at a map of the United States, as Stephen Foster is said to have come up with "Swanee (meaning Suwanee) River."

As for the Staten Island Hornpipe, the nonnegotiable flatted seventh in the B part of more familiar versions would ordinarily disqualify it as a one-row tune, but this old setting (which I can't remember having heard anywhere) works just fine. I like it, in an expectation-defeating sort of way.

Bob Michel
Near Philly
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: butimba on April 24, 2015, 03:19:48 PM
It's a little bit rough and ready but I really wanted to share this tune before the end of the month, it's called Balfour Road and I learnt it from Jock Tyldesley at Burwell Bash (unfortunately I can't remember who it's by, I'll have to try and find out from Jock at some point). I think it's gorgeous, and am really glad I finally worked out how to fit it on the box (albeit in the stupid key of E major!).

https://youtu.be/ZvcuRIPWsAk
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: forrest on April 24, 2015, 04:59:19 PM
It's a little bit rough and ready but I really wanted to share this tune before the end of the month, it's called Balfour Road ...................I think it's gorgeous, and am really glad I finally worked out how to fit it on the box (albeit in the stupid key of E major!).

https://youtu.be/ZvcuRIPWsAk
That's a very sweet tune, nicely played and presented. I like your quiet, simple arrangement, too. Was curious about the key, tho. Could it be in A maj?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: butimba on April 24, 2015, 10:35:04 PM
It's a little bit rough and ready but I really wanted to share this tune before the end of the month, it's called Balfour Road ...................I think it's gorgeous, and am really glad I finally worked out how to fit it on the box (albeit in the stupid key of E major!).

https://youtu.be/ZvcuRIPWsAk
That's a very sweet tune, nicely played and presented. I like your quiet, simple arrangement, too. Was curious about the key, tho. Could it be in A maj?

Yes, you're right. I think it must be A major, and I'm an idiot.  :|bl
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: forrest on April 25, 2015, 02:47:09 AM


Yes, you're right. I think it must be A major, and I'm an idiot.  :|bl

Well, I wouldn't venture that far, but we're all a bit MAD actually.... ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Klonophonium on April 25, 2015, 04:21:43 PM
I really liked your Return from Helsinki by Ian Stephenson Thomas and it reminded me that we did this tune in a pub session a few years ago with Chris Brimley. Here it is:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlsegqAUaCw

Great version  (:) Nice mix of instruments. We almost never get such endings in our sessions. Anyone always keeps on playing...

Thomas
 
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: AirTime on April 26, 2015, 08:14:41 AM
Here's my contribution: the Simcoe Waltz named for beautiful Lake Simcoe in southern Ontario. I had the pleasure of living on the shore of the lake for about 12 years. I had intended to provide a montage of photos of the lake to accompany the tune, but sadly didn't get around to figuring out how to do that - perhaps I'll manage to add it a later point!  ::)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apOgRUEd9pU

I uploaded two other versions of this tune, almost three years ago. The progress I have made could be measured in the fact that the earlier recordings required dozens of takes ... the most recent one was done in one take!  (:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tSZlpMAqbo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1dNv6-HB90
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: forrest on April 26, 2015, 05:54:23 PM
Here's my contribution: the Simcoe Waltz named for beautiful Lake Simcoe in southern Ontario. I had the pleasure of living on the shore of the lake for about 12 years. I had intended to provide a montage of photos of the lake to accompany the tune, but sadly didn't get around to figuring out how to do that - perhaps I'll manage to add it a later point!  ::)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apOgRUEd9pU


Wow, that's a keeper, Peter! Lovely composition, and great sounding little box too. Nice to wake up to on a Sunday morn!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: GBbox on April 28, 2015, 09:16:31 PM
Can't believe it! it seems I've dug out an English tune Lester Bailey hasn't covered yet!

Calabria: https://youtu.be/T9hBnAg8Swc
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: robotmay on April 29, 2015, 09:58:14 AM
Used this month's theme to finally learn a tune I heard Andy Next Tune play almost exactly a year ago, the rather sweet and quite-annoying-when-you-cock-up-a-single-note Liverpool Hornpipe:

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/liverpool-hornpipe
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: TomBom on April 29, 2015, 12:54:35 PM

Calabria: https://youtu.be/T9hBnAg8Swc
A nice tune. I put it on my learning list.

Can't believe it! it seems I've dug out an English tune Lester Bailey hasn't covered yet!
Maybe a potential theme of the month: tunes that Lester Bailey hasn't recorded ... ;-)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Clive Williams on April 29, 2015, 01:02:25 PM
Can't believe it! it seems I've dug out an English tune Lester Bailey hasn't covered yet!
Maybe a potential theme of the month: tunes that Lester Bailey hasn't recorded ... ;-)

Seriously, I've considered it already! Just a matter of time!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Anahata on April 29, 2015, 11:07:07 PM
Here's my "Place":

https://youtu.be/KYGWZ_nssiY

The Moulsham Street Hornpipe was written by Greg Trice who played piano accordion for Chelmsford Morris and introduced me to the team when I started work there in 1975, thereby launching my parallel career as a folk musician.
Named after a busy shopping street in Chelmsford, this is a tune in 5/4 time, inspired by John Kirkpatrick's The Gas Almost Works which is also in 5/4. Greg was a fine musician but somewhat eccentric and enjoyed quirky tunes in odd time signatures and keys.

There's a CD of his more danceable and playable tunes, played by Mick and Sarah Graves (fiddle/mandolin and English concertina) with Colin Heaviside on piano. Highly recommended, and available from Sarah Graves' web site (http://sarahgraves.co.uk.websitebuilder.prositehosting.co.uk/the-greg-trice-tune-book-cd).
Also a tune book coming, maybe later this year, from Hedingham Fair.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: nigelr on April 30, 2015, 07:51:14 PM
I've realised it's over 6 months since I posted a video so here is a stab at Coleford Jig, the only tune I know with a place name in it:

https://youtu.be/Wzz86BcGqUE

I would normally play it "straight" but I was messing around with the rhythm a bit to get closer to the way Gavin Atkin plays it in his fiddle version on YT.  Not sure I've pulled it off, but it was fun trying.  N
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for April 2015: Places
Post by: Clive Williams on May 01, 2015, 12:45:42 AM
Well done folks; time for a new theme - stick late submissions on the end here as usual of course