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Title: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Clive Williams on May 01, 2018, 11:15:09 AM
A deliberately vague theme this month, intended to cover all of North, Central and South America, as well as USA of course. From the north we could have old time fiddle music, cajun, newfoundland, quebecois, shaker, texmex, and all manner of other traditions, but there's a world of Central and Southern music I'm sure which we haven't really covered before. What can you find?

Regards,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: MarioP on May 01, 2018, 01:02:07 PM
You may find Vallenato, Perico Ripeao, Merengue, Cumbia, Chamame and Brazilians have their own genres which I haven’t tapped into find my recent Ranchera tune here:

Estas son las mañanitas ( sleeping beauty Mexican song) in A Mayor ( Corona II ADG)

https://youtu.be/o77qIrOQWIU
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on May 01, 2018, 07:20:38 PM
Walnut Gap

https://youtu.be/n3SItC-PepE

A tune by Owen "Snake " Chapman which I heard played by Jane Rothfield at a recent house concert and thought, hmmm.... Quirky but fun.

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: docEdock on May 01, 2018, 11:25:46 PM
Quinta Anauco - Venezuelan love song
by Aldermaro Romero

https://youtu.be/Te0nRDIhuWk (https://youtu.be/Te0nRDIhuWk)

I first heard this played by Accordéon Mélancolique
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoDGPnW1q7A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoDGPnW1q7A)

I am in awe of their musicality and nuance on this an other wonderful pieces in their album, Parade des Poules. Much of their music (scores published by Reba Productions available in the USA from CDBaby), fits on a three row G/C with a bit of faking here and there, for which I am grateful.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Saul Bailey on May 06, 2018, 12:37:01 PM
Okay, so there's some question as to whether this tune is American, Scottish, or Irish... But I wanted to play it anyway!
https://youtu.be/FO8hmeHBic4

Just in case, here's one that's definitely American :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pLtoyhXXmI

Saul
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Fred on May 06, 2018, 11:11:32 PM
Very nice songs. I'm enjoying the versatility of tunes submitted so far.

Personally I'm kind of at a loss as to where to start. Are there good tune compilations on the internet which someone of you would like to share? I don't think I actually know any. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Steve_freereeder on May 07, 2018, 12:18:35 AM
Very nice songs...
Do you have the words? Especially for Old Joe Clarke?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Grape Ape on May 07, 2018, 01:25:58 AM
Very nice songs...
Do you have the words? Especially for Old Joe Clarke?

http://www.balladofamerica.com/music/indexes/songs/oldjoeclark/index.htm
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Grape Ape on May 07, 2018, 01:28:16 AM
Saul I am always in awe of your playing, and docEdock, that was a very special performance.  Just beautiful.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Steve_freereeder on May 07, 2018, 09:41:43 AM
Very nice songs...
Do you have the words? Especially for Old Joe Clarke?

http://www.balladofamerica.com/music/indexes/songs/oldjoeclark/index.htm
Brilliant, thanks!  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: docEdock on May 08, 2018, 10:33:56 PM
This month's theme happened to coincide with my finally learning several tunes that are from America. Oddly none from the US. So here is another contribution:

Volver Tango
https://youtu.be/4ZGWUbDt3Bk

Carlos Gardel composed the tune in 1934. Since he immigrated to Argentina from France in 1893, at age one, Volver ended up being a tune of the Americas. Had he stayed in France, perhaps it would Volver mazurka or the like.

I learned Volver from Accordeon Melancholique's terrific album, Parade des Poules. Their much more dramatic version is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGLY1OIXpqA/u]

While there are many renditions on YouTube, I think I may be the first diatonic accordion to take a stab at it. It certainly got me to explore new Handry buttons.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on May 08, 2018, 11:19:12 PM
This month's theme happened to coincide with my finally learning several tunes that are from America. Oddly none from the US. So here is another contribution:

Volver Tango
https://youtu.be/4ZGWUbDt3Bk

Carlos Gardel composed the tune in 1934. Since he immigrated to Argentina from France in 1893, at age one, Volver ended up being a tune of the Americas. Had he stayed in France, perhaps it would Volver mazurka or the like.

I learned Volver from Accordeon Melancholique's terrific album, Parade des Poules. Their much more dramatic version is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGLY1OIXpqA/u]

While there are many renditions on YouTube, I think I may be the first diatonic accordion to take a stab at it. It certainly got me to explore new Handry buttons.

Nice take. That Handry is quite a beast. Lovely tone. though.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: docEdock on May 09, 2018, 09:31:55 AM
@Tone Dumb Greg
The Handry is a beast, big and muscular. It has elbowed aside my other more delicate boxes and gets almost all my playing these days, which surprises me. Its layout and extra basses seem a better match to adapting the chromatic stuff on which I'm focused but that may be only an excuse. I suspect the boxes pick me rather than the other way around and Signore Handry is amazingly assertive.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on May 12, 2018, 03:10:53 PM
Here's my effort for this moth - the March of St. Timothy.
https://soundcloud.com/thrupenny-bit/the-march-of-st-timothy

I googled it to make sure it was American, as I believed it was, and found
" From Maine Folque co-op, website deicated to Maine’s cultural heritage....
March of St. Timothy was written in 1985 by dulcimer-player Judi Morningstar of Michigan. It takes its name from St. Timothy Methodist Church in Detroit, where Judi's band - the Ruffwater String Band - first played it for an evening of contra dancing."

cheers
Q

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: AirTime on May 12, 2018, 03:24:47 PM
This month's theme happened to coincide with my finally learning several tunes that are from America. Oddly none from the US. So here is another contribution:

Volver Tango
https://youtu.be/4ZGWUbDt3Bk

Carlos Gardel composed the tune in 1934. Since he immigrated to Argentina from France in 1893, at age one, Volver ended up being a tune of the Americas. Had he stayed in France, perhaps it would Volver mazurka or the like.

I learned Volver from Accordeon Melancholique's terrific album, Parade des Poules. Their much more dramatic version is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGLY1OIXpqA/u]

While there are many renditions on YouTube, I think I may be the first diatonic accordion to take a stab at it. It certainly got me to explore new Handry buttons.

Splendid version Philip! I really like the more staccato effect of the diatonic box. 
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Clive Williams on May 12, 2018, 06:27:42 PM
Hi all,

Here's my tune this month - I really liked the version of The Ookpik Waltz that Forrest posted a while back so I thought I'd learn it. It's taken me bleedin' ages - in fact I've considered it as a recording for 2 other themes before this one and dropped it because it wasn't anywhere near ready. Anyway, here we go!

I notice having surfed a few other versions on youtube, including Frankie Rodgers' original version (he wrote it) and the Altan version which is fairly famous that there's lots of variation in the different versions out there. Lots and lots. None of them terribly close to Frankie's version, and neither is this!

Played on my Kay Albrecht'ed Lilliput in G/C.

https://youtu.be/S-sO-RrIb4A
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: docEdock on May 12, 2018, 08:09:00 PM
Clive,
Your rendition seems so effortless with the notes pouring out of that box. The pace feels leisurely, though it skips right along. Lovely.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Clive Williams on May 12, 2018, 08:42:49 PM
Clive,
Your rendition seems so effortless with the notes pouring out of that box. The pace feels leisurely, though it skips right along. Lovely.

Thank you - glad you liked it -  that was take 23!  :D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Winston Smith on May 12, 2018, 10:32:25 PM
"that was take 23!"

Thanks for owning up to that, Clive. It's very encouraging to us lesser mortals to know that we aren't alone!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: docEdock on May 12, 2018, 10:56:24 PM
I really like the more staccato effect of the diatonic box.

Thanks. That's an interesting observation about the staccato. I hadn't thought of it that way.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Clive Williams on May 13, 2018, 07:23:36 AM
"that was take 23!"

Thanks for owning up to that, Clive. It's very encouraging to us lesser mortals to know that we aren't alone!

I very very rarely get it first time! I just leave the recorder running and try again.... and again.... and again  ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: AirTime on May 18, 2018, 04:02:58 AM
Well ... having not recorded anything for a long time, I thought it was time I made an effort to post something ... but then Clive beat me to it!  Anyway, here is (again) an interpretation of Forrest's take on the Ookpik Waltz, played on Forrest's former box, the beautiful (it's got flowers AND rhinestones !) vintage AD Pistelli.

https://youtu.be/w4ZNuIg5z6k

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on May 18, 2018, 12:09:48 PM
https://youtu.be/-kUm97hts-M

Blue River Waltz by Jay Ungar. THis cropped up recently in an unrelated context and....

D/G Pokerwork 2(ABC)D with the fingering choices largely dictated by an attempt to retain the original harmonisation and still have air in the bellows. More accomplished players and sophisticated machines may not be so limited.

F two stop one row, 3(ABC)D (I drifted off), no choices on either end of the box, so interesting to see how a tune which is heavily dependant on harmony survives a transition to 'bare bones', D part  played an octave low.

 I didn't count the number of takes, still imperfect but servicable! The change is at 03:13  skip with abandon.

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: docEdock on May 24, 2018, 01:39:56 PM
https://youtu.be/-kUm97hts-M

Blue River Waltz by Jay Ungar. THis cropped up recently in an unrelated context and....


Lovely adaptation of Jay's tune. I felt I might have been listening to Dancing On the Air and hearing you play over the radio. Good stuff, thanks.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Lester on May 24, 2018, 02:35:16 PM
Ghost Riders in the Sky (https://youtu.be/7ORDbw0oXjs)

A test for of bellows and air button
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Eshed on May 27, 2018, 11:01:17 PM
Here goes,
https://youtu.be/Qk7CPvl4SQU

Theme from the video game Monkey Island.
A relatively recent tune from the Americas, but apparently it's been used for Morris by Boggart's Breakfast (https://youtu.be/D7GrnhgK02w?t=23)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on May 28, 2018, 10:12:03 AM
Here goes,
https://youtu.be/Qk7CPvl4SQU

Theme from the video game Monkey Island.
A relatively recent tune from the Americas, but apparently it's been used for Morris by Boggart's Breakfast (https://youtu.be/D7GrnhgK02w?t=23)

Aaaaaarrgh!!!! Nicely played, though.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: forrest on May 28, 2018, 04:35:51 PM
I haven't been recording much recently, so I'm offering an oldie, played on my C/F Erika Club...Bonaparte's Retreat (https://soundcloud.com/for-rest-1/bonapartes-retreat), a vintage fiddle tune made popular in the '40's by Pee Wee King.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Fred on May 28, 2018, 04:57:33 PM
Here goes,
https://youtu.be/Qk7CPvl4SQU

Theme from the video game Monkey Island.
A relatively recent tune from the Americas, but apparently it's been used for Morris by Boggart's Breakfast (https://youtu.be/D7GrnhgK02w?t=23)

This is absolutely awesome! Makes me want to replay the game and learn the song myself. :D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: baz parkes on May 30, 2018, 05:18:22 PM
Bit of fun on a rainy Wednesday.

https://youtu.be/aZ3SrjKkFzA

(Thinks...bit of tweaking and it might make a quite nice 48 bar step hop... :-\)

 :|glug
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Anahata on May 31, 2018, 02:19:59 PM
Another burst of last-minute-itis. I do hope to catch up eventually...
Here's Shove the Pig's Foot a Little Further Into the Fire (https://youtu.be/CAjlGNFyiu0), an Appalachian fiddle tune.

I've known of it for quite a while, and thought it was about time I learned to play it, but then found I also had to learn a particular playing style to get it sounding vaguely right. It might have got off the ground a bit more given another month's practice...
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Jesse Smith on May 31, 2018, 02:37:28 PM
Here's Shove the Pig's Foot a Little Further Into the Fire (https://youtu.be/CAjlGNFyiu0), an Appalachian fiddle tune.

Catchy title, catchy tune. I really enjoyed this!

Anahata, do you use a little stepstool or something under your right foot? I always admire your "stance", you manage to fit the box in without too much awkward "manspreading". ;D
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Jesse Smith on May 31, 2018, 02:48:21 PM
Bit of fun on a rainy Wednesday.

https://youtu.be/aZ3SrjKkFzA

(Thinks...bit of tweaking and it might make a quite nice 48 bar step hop... :-\)

 :|glug

Funny thing is, maybe it's just because of the melodeon but I hear bits of "The Nutting Girl" in the A part of this tune!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Anahata on May 31, 2018, 03:50:13 PM
Catchy title, catchy tune. I really enjoyed this!

Thanks!

Quote
Anahata, do you use a little stepstool or something under your right foot? I always admire your "stance", you manage to fit the box in without too much awkward "manspreading". ;D
Gosh, I had to sit down again with the box to find out the answer to that!
I seem to be tucking my left foot a bit under the chair so my left knee is lower than the right. Also I've noticed, when looking at  other videos where more of me is showing, that I tend to lean over to the right quite a lot, and that doesn't look very healthy for my back!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Clive Williams on May 31, 2018, 10:56:31 PM
Thanks all - on to the next theme! As ever, please stick any late contribs on the end of this thread - no problem.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: Jesse Smith on June 01, 2018, 02:04:54 AM
I seem to be tucking my left foot a bit under the chair so my left knee is lower than the right. Also I've noticed, when looking at  other videos where more of me is showing, that I tend to lean over to the right quite a lot, and that doesn't look very healthy for my back!
I see - left leg lowered rather than right leg raised. I think I've been curling my right foot to try to get the right knee up, almost "sitting on tiptoes", which is a bit uncomfortable. I'll try it the other way too. I agree leaning is to be avoided!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for May 2018: Tunes from America
Post by: MarioP on January 02, 2019, 09:43:56 PM
A piece from the 30s probably later but played in its original tuning AE corona III
Early tejano roots: La tuna by Don Santiago Jimenez Sr.

https://youtu.be/kpRN5wzb02g