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Title: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Clive Williams on February 28, 2018, 10:42:33 PM
We've done slow tunes, now it's time for fast ones. As fast as you like, or not, or even fast tunes played at a slower pace. Whatever you fancy really!

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Saul Bailey on March 02, 2018, 12:39:36 PM
Perhaps I'll kick things off wit The Waterman's Dance and The Virgin Queen... not exactly break-neck speed, but certainly ties your fingers in knots!

https://youtu.be/9Fcn7khyFsg

Saul
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Anahata on March 02, 2018, 01:59:54 PM
There's only 27 seconds of that, which is a pity, because it was going nicely and I've never heard anyone else (except possibly JK a long time ago) play that tune, which I know (in a version with some C♯'sand F♯'s in it) as The SheepShearers.

Fix/re-upload?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Saul Bailey on March 02, 2018, 07:44:24 PM
Woops! That got off to a flying start! I've changed the link, so it should lead to the full video now...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Jesse Smith on March 02, 2018, 07:52:34 PM
Saul, those were great! I have that John of the Green book on the way to me (though I know it will be a while before I'll be ready for those triple hornpipes). Welcome to mel.net by the way!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Mcgrooger on March 02, 2018, 07:53:22 PM
Perhaps I'll kick things off wit The Waterman's Dance and The Virgin Queen... not exactly break-neck speed, but certainly ties your fingers in knots!


Fab playing of 2 fab tunes.  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Anahata on March 02, 2018, 08:39:18 PM
Huzzah! that's more like it. And What McGrooger said!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: boxcall on March 02, 2018, 11:09:37 PM
Here's one from me.
Played on my recording king on the G row or Ador, not to fast with plenty of clack.
Pardon my poor bass work on this box I have more basses than I know what to do with I'm not even sure I'm playing the right ones for this tune (:)
I just started working on this tune after hearing John Lavelle play it after posting about his box last week, its a tune that you could play all night, I love it.

https://soundcloud.com/boxcall/drowsy-maggie1


Saul like others have said nice stuff!!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Fred on March 03, 2018, 02:24:33 AM
Perhaps I'll kick things off wit The Waterman's Dance and The Virgin Queen... not exactly break-neck speed, but certainly ties your fingers in knots!

https://youtu.be/9Fcn7khyFsg

Saul

Just lovely! Well played and it certainly makes me want to have a look at the tunes.  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Anahata on March 03, 2018, 09:10:44 AM
Here's one I did before, and it's two of us, but it's topical as yesterday was St David's Day and tomorrow we'll be playing this as part of lunchtime entertainment for the Bradford & District St David's Society.

Tafarn y Wheatsheaf and Rasus Doncaster (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AywRb3l-mkI)

I hope to be back with new videos soon...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on March 03, 2018, 10:46:14 AM
Speed being relative, and hopefully balancing with musicality, this from the 'to do' pile. Aly Bain's 'Sophie's Dancing Feet' .

https://youtu.be/zxoMt0Ttwdo

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on March 03, 2018, 11:34:05 AM
Here's one I did before, and it's two of us, but it's topical as yesterday was St David's Day and tomorrow we'll be playing this as part of lunchtime entertainment for the Bradford & District St David's Society.

Tafarn y Wheatsheaf and Rasus Doncaster (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AywRb3l-mkI)

I hope to be back with new videos soon...

I love the stuff you and Mary do. She is brilliant.
My Welsh is rudimentary, but does Tafarn Y Wheatsheaf translate as t' Wheatsheaf Pub?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 03, 2018, 01:48:11 PM
Here's one I did before, and it's two of us, but it's topical as yesterday was St David's Day and tomorrow we'll be playing this as part of lunchtime entertainment for the Bradford & District St David's Society.

Tafarn y Wheatsheaf and Rasus Doncaster (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AywRb3l-mkI)

I hope to be back with new videos soon...

I love the stuff you and Mary do. She is brilliant.
My Welsh is rudimentary, but does Tafarn Y Wheatsheaf translate as t' Wheatsheaf Pub?
Yes - it says so on the blurb beneath the Youtube video screen.  ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on March 03, 2018, 02:23:57 PM

I love the stuff you and Mary do. She is brilliant.
My Welsh is rudimentary, but does Tafarn Y Wheatsheaf translate as t' Wheatsheaf Pub?
Yes - it says so on the blurb beneath the Youtube video screen.  ;)

 ;D

Anahata and Mary still sound great playing together, though, even if you listen without looking.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: James Whitehouse on March 04, 2018, 05:57:50 PM
Great tune learnt from John Spiers at Witney a few years ago.
William Irwin’s Hornpipe https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-_dhJEPAg9Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: smiley on March 04, 2018, 11:15:33 PM
I first heard this early 1900's pop tune played by Sally Sloane and was surprised at the quick pace that she knocked it out on her battered one-row box. The tempo evidently suited the cakewalk and one-step dances that were popular back then.

https://soundcloud.com/dogbox/hiawatha-cake-walk

Lots of little ditties and parodies were sung to the Hiawatha tune over the years, but I can't think of any examples offhand.

[edit: I just heard Harry Cotter from Binalong NSW playing this tune and singing along on an old recording]
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Mcgrooger on March 12, 2018, 05:14:08 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-IRU183jMg
This is what I came up with for the theme whilst 'noodling' some quickish phrases. Not sure if I've unintentionally nicked it from elsewhere. If enough of it turns out to be original I'll call it 'Colliewobble Jack'
(edit: let me know what tune I've nicked from if you recognise it/them -  :|bl ta.)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Fred on March 12, 2018, 09:37:33 PM
Well played, Mcgrooger. A simple yet very enjoyable tune (which I personally could not say that I've heard it before, so there's that). Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Gary Chapin on March 16, 2018, 06:24:33 PM
Here are two polkas, played on my Baffetti three row in Bb.

https://youtu.be/woKgyaASing

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Clive Williams on March 18, 2018, 04:43:47 PM
Here's a couple of tunes by Dave Whetstone, a favourite player of mine

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

We have here Hotfoot 2, paired with Sweet Ginger - both taken from Dave Whetstone's album 'The Resolution' - the one with the picture of the Oakwood on it. It's a great album, mostly because Dave is both a fine tune writer and a fine box player. Dave gave up playing box a few years back, but has been doing a few high profile gigs recently, with the original Cock and Bull band (which features him and Jean-Pierre Rasle) doing Towersey a year or two back, and Sidmouth this year.

The melodeon, which is probably more interesting than talking about Dave, is a Robert Boutet box from Quebec. It's in D. Robert Boutet is, as far as I know, still about but doesn't have any kind of internet presence at all; I guess he sells by local reputation. You can find videos of him playing on youtube. He's a great player, but my goodness he smiles in a very disconcerting manner as he plays.

Cheers,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Ellisteph on March 21, 2018, 03:06:38 PM
The second tune here 'The Lads like Beer' is usually played at a very fast pace (see Saul Rose & Eliza Carthy, Blazing Fiddles) so I'm submitting it under the 'fast tunes played slowly (or at least slower)' category. I usually pair it with The Wonder Hornpipe so that's why that's there.

https://youtu.be/8z8-wetw1bI
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: baz parkes on March 24, 2018, 03:53:39 PM
Faster than I'd usually play it...unless I was playing it fast for a specific reason... >:E

Rough and ready but suited to purpose...

https://youtu.be/5o2Nl-BFLns
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Pierre-Emmanuel on March 29, 2018, 10:07:46 PM
Here are two lively tunes : New Pneus (Andy Cutting) and Le petit bleu (me). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VizfDw-r-CM&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VizfDw-r-CM&feature=youtu.be)

I used to play New Pneus in C (on my G/C/acc. melodeon), but I chose to play it in G instead so I could use the low voice without it sounding muddy. It was quite tricky to relearn!

As usual, I really enjoyed seeing all the entries.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Fred on March 30, 2018, 02:33:03 AM
Thanks for posting this, Pierre-Emmanuel. Really good playing.

Makes me think that I should also try to learn New Pneus to broaden my Andy Cutting repertoire. :)

Edit: On a related note, do you have the dots or abc for the song? Or does anyone else on here? Would really appreciate it because I couldn't find anything in a quick search for it on the interwebs.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on March 30, 2018, 11:59:24 AM
I don't really do fast tunes. Here's a morris tune and Irish set dance played faster than the usual dance tempo. This is the first take, warts and all (for some reason I played the A part through  twice, first time round, but only once the second time). I was planning on speeding up a tad on this tempo but I probably won't get the chance to record that now.

The Three Sea Captains

https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/tsc-30-03-1
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: george garside on March 30, 2018, 12:30:04 PM
the speed was just right for north west morris

george
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Hugh Taylor on March 30, 2018, 12:45:09 PM
Fred wanted the dots or abc for Nue Pnues. Below is what I play with my chords, though not sure where I got the abc from!
Enjoy
Hugh

X:1
T:Nue Pnues.
S:Andy Cutting
M:2/2
Q:140
R:Schottische
K:G
"C"cdeg "D"f2 ed|"Bm"BBfd "Em"e3 d|"C"c2 de "D"efed|"G"B4 BBAB|
"C"cdeg "D"a2 af|"Bm"ddBe "Em" g2 ed|"C"cdeg "D"aagf|1 "G" g6BB:|2 "G" g4 gGFG|
|:"C" E2 cE "D"F2 dF|"Bm"FAdf "Em" g2 ed|"C" c2 de "D" efed| "G" B4 BBAG|
"C" EEcE "D" DFAd|"Bm" FFBd "Em" eged|"C" cdeg "D" aagf|1 "G" g4 gGFG:|2 "G" g6 BB|
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on March 30, 2018, 12:53:57 PM
the speed was just right for north west morris

george

Suppose that invalidates it as an entry in this thread, but that's probably all you're getting from me (:)

I think I would enjoy playing for NW morris. I love this tempo.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Roman Simcik on March 31, 2018, 05:12:12 PM
One more before the tonight's close: Il monecò, a traditional Italian dancing tune.
https://youtu.be/23FpJ7P4p_8

Cheers,
Roman
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Clive Williams on April 01, 2018, 05:42:43 AM
Thanks folks - on to the next theme! Stick any late contribs on the end here as ever.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: robotmay on April 23, 2018, 12:41:16 PM
The second tune here 'The Lads like Beer' is usually played at a very fast pace (see Saul Rose & Eliza Carthy, Blazing Fiddles) so I'm submitting it under the 'fast tunes played slowly (or at least slower)' category. I usually pair it with The Wonder Hornpipe so that's why that's there.

https://youtu.be/8z8-wetw1bI

Ooh didn't see this last month; good choice of tunes! I picked up the James Hill book last year and it's got some real corkers in it (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Ellisteph on April 23, 2018, 03:21:03 PM
The second tune here 'The Lads like Beer' is usually played at a very fast pace (see Saul Rose & Eliza Carthy, Blazing Fiddles) so I'm submitting it under the 'fast tunes played slowly (or at least slower)' category. I usually pair it with The Wonder Hornpipe so that's why that's there.

https://youtu.be/8z8-wetw1bI

Ooh didn't see this last month; good choice of tunes! I picked up the James Hill book last year and it's got some real corkers in it (:)
Thanks - glad you enjoyed them. I keep going back to James Hill's tunes at regular intervals. Will keep me challenged for a long time to come I'm sure.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: playandteach on April 23, 2018, 07:41:26 PM
Thanks to Saul Bailey for introducing me to a pair of great tunes. John of the Green book ordered now.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on April 24, 2018, 10:59:55 AM
If I'd known James Hill tunes counted I would have posted this. The Redesdale Hornpipe, AKA Much Wenlock rather rushed with excruciating phrasing  ;D

https://soundcloud.com/greg-bradfield-smith/much-wenlock
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Gary Chapin on April 24, 2018, 03:32:32 PM
The most interesting thing about this thread is the different ways we think of "fast tunes." It's kind of liberating.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: Jesse Smith on April 24, 2018, 04:44:36 PM
Thanks to Saul Bailey for introducing me to a pair of great tunes. John of the Green book ordered now.

It's great, I ordered it a month or so ago. Shipping across the pond was an additional £11, but well worth it in the end. I like that the introduction includes a good discussion of the history of these tunes, and I also like that all the primary sources are cited for the tunes.

I'm not nearly ready to play the vast majority of the tunes in the book, but it is fun to look through!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for March 2018: Fast Tunes
Post by: playandteach on April 24, 2018, 10:01:16 PM
Does it have chords with it, or just melodies?