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Title: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on May 01, 2016, 02:00:34 PM
I don't know about you, but I've got quite a few tunes I'd like to do which I'm not sure if they're polkas, reels, schottisches, marches, rants, etc... so it's kind of hard to do a theme for them. Now is their month! A month for tunes where you're not really sure what kind of 2/4 or 4/4 thingy they are. Do another polka if you like; doesn't really matter. Any old 2/4 or 4/4 tune will do quite nicely.

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Lester on May 01, 2016, 02:03:58 PM
Old Grenadier (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk8PETN2jKo#t=29) one of the regimental marchs of the Grenadier Guards
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on May 04, 2016, 07:09:40 PM
The Golden Keyboard

https://youtu.be/6PRyA7pbXsU

(picked up as the middle tune played by Ben Paley and Tab Hunter here  https://youtu.be/ogeN_erG3jY )

which I presently pair with The Glass Island Reel, an earlier  'theme' upload

https://youtu.be/ilQYy8tzgqo

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on May 05, 2016, 09:24:14 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get and play the melodeon and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

In today's video I play Sternpolka, a German Volksmusik polka, on my Accordiola Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe club accordion. :D

Enjoy! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPh6lGi1E_M
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: -Y- on May 06, 2016, 05:58:07 PM
Here is what I made, hopefully it won't render that bad  :||: :

https://youtu.be/vLHvVy9Y1uY

I got the tune from a Tony McManus album, it is registred as a hornpipe at thesession.org but somehow I've always found that it had a schottische feeling to it (as a matter of fact we did play it as such in a former folk ball band).

Cheers!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: playandteach on May 06, 2016, 09:09:44 PM
Very fine.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on May 07, 2016, 01:18:46 AM
This tune has been swiped off the latest Leveret album and has been in my head for the past couple of weeks - it just won't shift.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5dmXykFks

To those of you brave enough to have listened to it, it's in your head too now, isn't it? And it's going to stay there for days, probably weeks. You're welcome - enjoy :-)

Played on the Preciosa in Bb/Eb

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: playandteach on May 07, 2016, 10:12:55 AM
I've had a quick trawl and not found the dots - could you save me some time? Doesn't matter what key.
Fortunately I've a very bad memory, so I don't suffer from ear worms.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on May 07, 2016, 08:49:04 PM
Here it is...

http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/book/Playford/GloryOfTheSun_PLFD1657_142/0000

A playford tune.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: playandteach on May 07, 2016, 10:58:25 PM
Must say it sounds better than it looks it has a right to. Must be the perky rhythms you've added. Thanks for the link.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on May 08, 2016, 11:43:58 AM
Lester has inspired me to get a recording done of my version of The Old Grenadier.
Heavily influenced by Brass Monkey,  it is just a brilliant tune.

https://soundcloud.com/thrupenny-bit/old-grenadierwma

cheers
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Lester on May 10, 2016, 03:26:06 PM
Joe Hutton's March (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/tune-448-joe-huttons-march.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on May 10, 2016, 05:23:41 PM
Another bash at this month's theme from me here....

https://soundcloud.com/thrupenny-bit/over-the-field-of-turnipswma

It's 'Over the Field of Turnips' as recorded by Mark Bazeley and Rob Murch on the 'Banquet of Boxes' cd.
I started to learn it as it is a great tune, then following a comment on Melnet, I realised it was the marching tune of the Devonshire Regiment, the 'Devonshire terriers'.
It means my granddad and uncles, some of whom I never met, listened to this as they marched to the Great War. That musical connection and thought sends shivers down my spine, and I find it amazing to have discovered this connection all these years later.
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on May 11, 2016, 03:13:06 PM
https://youtu.be/rLYeGySSjj4

I don't usually submit more than one but this seems to fit and was also on the 'to do' list.

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Julian S on May 12, 2016, 07:21:33 AM
Here it is...

http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/book/Playford/GloryOfTheSun_PLFD1657_142/0000

A playford tune.

Just checking - are the dots correct in showing c# in this ? My ears and fingers are drawn to c nat. Wondering what to pair this with - other than Road to Poynton (great circular tune that it is !) to avoid being too derivative. And yes - it is certainly an earworm !
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Tyker on May 12, 2016, 08:24:47 AM
In Jeremy Barlow's The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master the tune has the tune in D but there is a natural sign in brackets for the Cs . I hear the C as natural.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: baz parkes on May 12, 2016, 04:49:39 PM
Do strathspeys count?   I've played this for years (having learned it from Rod Stradling), and only found out it was a strathspey when looking for its author...The Sweetness of Mary https://youtu.be/2NEjp6FZ9AE.

Once Youtube had uploaded, it offered me versions by Anahata and Martin Ellison of this parish...what a broad church Melnet is...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on May 12, 2016, 05:00:06 PM
thanks for reminding me Baz, tis a great tune!
Nice to see you in action there.
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Etienne on May 12, 2016, 06:21:29 PM
One that i was trying to learn some years ago, but it was too hard for me at that time, now it's almost ok  :Ph

http://pousser-tirer.blogspot.fr/2016/05/avant-deux-mardi-gras.html
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Lester on May 17, 2016, 02:06:17 PM
Duke of York (Short Troop) (http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/tune-449-duke-of-york-short-troop.html)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Ellisteph on May 17, 2016, 10:08:54 PM
Here's a tune from Playford volume 2. It's also in John of the Green the Cheshire way. Could have put it in the Christmas theme I suppose but that's a long way off.

https://youtu.be/tuhJPsj3Hns
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Roman Simcik on May 19, 2016, 10:27:17 PM
And now for something completely different: a csardas from Central Slovakia (two of them, actually).

As per Wikipedia, csardas is a traditional Hungarian folk dance that has been exported to several neighbouring countries (including Slovakia and the easternmost part of the Czech Republic). It is in 2/4 or 4/4 time and is "characterised by a variation in tempo", starting slowly and ending very fast (on my take this translates into "as fast as I can manage").

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/GnacnIkrX-Y

Cheers,
Roman
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: playandteach on May 19, 2016, 11:17:19 PM
One that i was trying to learn some years ago, but it was too hard for me at that time, now it's almost ok  :Ph
http://pousser-tirer.blogspot.fr/2016/05/avant-deux-mardi-gras.html
Just curious: how long was your beard when you started learning it? Very nice (playing, but beard too).
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Gary Chapin on May 20, 2016, 02:42:16 AM
For the "Something in Four" theme, here's a tune I've been playing for years, but don't know its title or the type of tune. It sounds Breton, but I really don't know.  Enjoy.

http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2016/05/unknown-tune-in-four.html

Thanks
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: robotmay on May 25, 2016, 02:32:25 PM
Here's a couple of new tunes I've been playing which are very definitely hornpipes, but they're in 4/4 so I'm gonna post them in here ;D

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/william-winters-jaunty-hornpipes

They are the fastest method I've found of turning my arms into dead weights when played on my Erika.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Ellisteph on May 25, 2016, 08:42:42 PM
Here's a couple of new tunes I've been playing which are very definitely hornpipes, but they're in 4/4 so I'm gonna post them in here ;D

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/william-winters-jaunty-hornpipes

They are the fastest method I've found of turning my arms into dead weights when played on my Erika.
Nicely played. Don't know the first one, but the second is Miss Menager's Hornpipe, which I know from William Clarke's manuscript
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: robotmay on May 25, 2016, 08:50:07 PM
Here's a couple of new tunes I've been playing which are very definitely hornpipes, but they're in 4/4 so I'm gonna post them in here ;D

https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/william-winters-jaunty-hornpipes

They are the fastest method I've found of turning my arms into dead weights when played on my Erika.
Nicely played. Don't know the first one, but the second is Miss Menager's Hornpipe, which I know from William Clarke's manuscript

Ooh, thanks very much! I'm going to pencil that into my WW tunebook so I remember it ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on May 26, 2016, 07:34:11 PM
Dear God, thank you for helping me get and play the melodeon and harmonica. I am extremely grateful for these gifts! Amen.

In today's video I play the Julida Polka on my Accordiola Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe club accordion. :D

Enjoy! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZi87W9ntGE
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Anahata on May 26, 2016, 09:19:23 PM
https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/william-winters-jaunty-hornpipes
Nicely played. Don't know the first one, but the second is Miss Menager's Hornpipe, which I know from William Clarke's manuscript

Clarke calls it Miss Merager's, and it's also in Leadley (Fiddler of Helperby) as Miss Menager's.
I didn't notice it in my copy of Winters before.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: robotmay on May 27, 2016, 10:24:27 AM
https://soundcloud.com/robotmay/william-winters-jaunty-hornpipes
Nicely played. Don't know the first one, but the second is Miss Menager's Hornpipe, which I know from William Clarke's manuscript

Clarke calls it Miss Merager's, and it's also in Leadley (Fiddler of Helperby) as Miss Menager's.
I didn't notice it in my copy of Winters before.

I decided to try playing through all of the hornpipes in there in the hopes of finding some good new tunes ;D
There's a bunch of other nice ones too. WW seems to have been terrible at remembering the names of tunes (an uncommon trait in folk musicians, ahem), and I keep stumbling across funky versions of well-known ditties. Quite a few Robert Burns songs in tune form hidden in there.

Still haven't found a name for the first tune, seems to be a bit of an odd'un.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: smiley on May 27, 2016, 11:40:08 AM
In today's video I play the Julida Polka on my Accordiola Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe club accordion. :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZi87W9ntGE

Cracking polka there and well played too!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Mike Carney on May 27, 2016, 12:03:46 PM
Joe Hutton's March. Definitely a march though....

https://soundcloud.com/oysterboy6/joe-huttons-march-for-john
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: The Happy Wanderer on May 27, 2016, 02:07:34 PM
In today's video I play the Julida Polka on my Accordiola Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe club accordion. :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZi87W9ntGE

Cracking polka there and well played too!

Thank you!  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: playandteach on May 27, 2016, 04:51:30 PM
Well played.

Polkas always remind me of Black and White thriller movies, where innocent couples are out for an evening stroll through the funfair - but tragedy is just lurking in the shadows....

It's the juxtaposition of jolly with unhinged - a bit like an empty-but-still-swinging playground swing... oddly disconcerting.

Am I the only one?
Sorry - Happy Wanderer, nothing about your excellent playing and warm attitude.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: howard mitchell on May 31, 2016, 09:22:13 PM
Here's a late entry - Patchwork Polka by Ian Peterson.
On just the right hand of a one-row in D with double bass accompaniment.

 https://youtu.be/2tD0_V-we2M (https://youtu.be/2tD0_V-we2M)

Mitch
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Clive Williams on May 31, 2016, 10:51:12 PM
Thank you all - onto a new theme (an hour early!); as usual, please stick any late entries, or not-late entries submitted in the next hour, on to the end of this thread - no need to stop now.

Cheers,
Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Gary Chapin on June 01, 2016, 12:10:35 PM
Here's a late entry - Patchwork Polka by Ian Peterson.
On just the right hand of a one-row in D with double bass accompaniment.

 https://youtu.be/2tD0_V-we2M (https://youtu.be/2tD0_V-we2M)

Mitch

Nice nice nice! And a beautiful box, also.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: Ellisteph on June 18, 2016, 11:21:46 AM
Here's a late entry - Patchwork Polka by Ian Peterson.
On just the right hand of a one-row in D with double bass accompaniment.

 https://youtu.be/2tD0_V-we2M (https://youtu.be/2tD0_V-we2M)

Mitch
That's fantastic Mitch. I have a recording of Willy Taylor playing it on fiddle but not tried it on melodeon. I will now!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2016: Marches, Reels, etc
Post by: howard mitchell on June 19, 2016, 10:04:04 PM
Here's a late entry - Patchwork Polka by Ian Peterson.
On just the right hand of a one-row in D with double bass accompaniment.

 https://youtu.be/2tD0_V-we2M (https://youtu.be/2tD0_V-we2M)

Mitch
That's fantastic Mitch. I have a recording of Willy Taylor playing it on fiddle but not tried it on melodeon. I will now!

You are too kind.
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