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Title: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Clive Williams on June 30, 2018, 10:55:16 PM
Hi all, this month's theme is pieces written by, or played/made famous by musicians whose music you particularly admire, who may, or may not be melodeon players - could be any musician really. A little backstory about what/how you connect with the piece and/or musician, would be very interesting for everyone as well I'm sure, but only if you want to.

Looking forward to seeing the contribs,

Clive
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: howard mitchell on July 07, 2018, 04:08:09 PM
I've gone with Phillippe Bruneau and Frank Sears.

Tunes from the Quebec repertoire were quite rare here in England when I started playing in 1970. It was not until I worked for a short time in Montreal in about 1980 that I acquired an LP with lots of tunes played on melodeon, fiddle, piano and double bass - a familiar line up in England but with lots of different ornaments and harmonies.

Then in the 1990s I found Trente Sous Zero, a company which sold CDs and books of Quebec music and I bought the book "Phillippe Bruneau, Musique Traditionnelle pour Accordion Diatonique" which sets out many of his compositions in minute detail with all the twiddles and alternative bars.

Frank Sears, many may remember, did an Advent Calendar of Quebec tunes 18 months ago with a new tune each day. Recently he's published 2 books of Quebec tunes in standard notation with chords and in tab format with alternate bars. The books are accompanied by CDs containing recordings of each tune with piano accompaniment, just the piano accompaniment (for you to play along with) and videos. The piano accompaniments are played by Lise Beauchemin.

Amongst the tunes in the book is Hommage à Jos Bouchard, a 6/8 Quadrille composed by Phillippe Bruneau.

Here's the piano track from Frank Sear's CD with me playing the tune against it and the addition of a bit of double bass.
https://youtu.be/A2Yd0zJVsIw (https://youtu.be/A2Yd0zJVsIw)

Mitch
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Fred on July 08, 2018, 01:56:18 AM
Nicely played, Mitch. That's definitely a tune I've never heard before. And thanks for the storytime as well, always interesting to read a little bit while listening to the tunes you all record. (:)

Personally I'm having a bit of an issue with this months theme and I'm yet very unsure about how to approach it.
Should I just rerecord one of my earliest melodeon dream tune, "Return from Helsinki" as recorded by mcgrooger, because that song is what has brought me as far as I've gotten?
Should I try to translate a metal song into melodeon language, as that has been the music that has probably influenced me the most in my teens?
Should I just skip this months theme entirely since I'm only playing the diatonic accordion for ~3 years and I don't have too many stories to tell?
Undecided as I am at the moment, I'll just wait for a few more submissions from your sides and hope for some inspiration by seeing how you approach the theme.  :||:
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Eshed on July 08, 2018, 05:45:56 AM
Should I just rerecord one of my earliest melodeon dream tune
Yes
Should I try to translate a metal song into melodeon language
Yes
Should I just skip this months theme entirely
No
I'll just wait
No
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: george garside on July 08, 2018, 10:51:44 AM
the bluebell polka made famous by Sir Jimmy Shand . 3 parter in G/D/C.  Doable on a standard 2 row DG box with chin end accidentals using the thumb for the chin end f nat.
george
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 08, 2018, 05:33:09 PM
the bluebell polka made famous by Sir Jimmy Shand . 3 parter in G/D/C.  Doable on a standard 2 row DG box with chin end accidentals using the thumb for the chin end f nat.
george

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Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Helena Handcart on July 08, 2018, 05:48:01 PM
the bluebell polka made famous by Sir Jimmy Shand . 3 parter in G/D/C.  Doable on a standard 2 row DG box with chin end accidentals using the thumb for the chin end f nat.
george

Also perfectly doable using the index finger for the F.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: -Y- on July 08, 2018, 08:20:39 PM
Here's the piano track from Frank Sear's CD with me playing the tune against it and the addition of a bit of double bass.
https://youtu.be/A2Yd0zJVsIw (https://youtu.be/A2Yd0zJVsIw)

Mitch

Nicely done Mitch! And, a beautiful box you have, too!

---

Here is my take on this subject. I've gone for a friend, Heikki Bourgault, with which I played a lot a while back, and who, all things considered, has been a great influence on me, both as a friend and as a superb guitarist. You may know him through his work with flutist/piper Calum Stewart. I've taken an air that I played with him "back in the days", and that they put on their first album (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XUrDhh29LM), here is my version. It's played in Bb minor on my Handry G/C. Hope you'll like it !

https://soundcloud.com/larrydondaine/jolie-nanon
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 08, 2018, 09:21:26 PM
the bluebell polka made famous by Sir Jimmy Shand . 3 parter in G/D/C.  Doable on a standard 2 row DG box with chin end accidentals using the thumb for the chin end f nat.
george

 ??? ??? ???

Is there a link to you playing it?
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: george garside on July 08, 2018, 10:58:39 PM
unfortunately I don't have the equipment to record it . The only awkward part is  using the chin end F nat  on the G row for which I use my thumb and Helena her index finger. The G part is played on the G row and the D part on the D row and the C part on the G row.

george
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 09, 2018, 09:07:27 AM

Here is my take on this subject. I've gone for a friend, Heikki Bourgault, with which I played a lot a while back, and who, all things considered, has been a great influence on me, both as a friend and as a superb guitarist. You may know him through his work with flutist/piper Calum Stewart. I've taken an air that I played with him "back in the days", and that they put on their first album (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XUrDhh29LM), here is my version. It's played in Bb minor on my Handry G/C. Hope you'll like it !

https://soundcloud.com/larrydondaine/jolie-nanon

Beautiful tune, beautifully played, Yannick
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on July 09, 2018, 10:27:22 AM
Idly browsing.... and ended up searching Melnet but couldn't find.....
does anyone have an abc of the 'proper' version of the Bluebell polka as described by George ( D/G/C) with the 'C' part in the key of C?
cheers
Q

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Helena Handcart on July 09, 2018, 10:36:40 AM
Idly browsing.... and ended up searching Melnet but couldn't find.....
does anyone have an abc of the 'proper' version of the Bluebell polka as described by George ( D/G/C) with the 'C' part in the key of C?
cheers
Q

I do. I'll ping it over to later Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on July 09, 2018, 10:52:45 AM
thank you...... that would be grand.
Q
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 09, 2018, 11:17:15 AM
Idly browsing.... and ended up searching Melnet but couldn't find.....
does anyone have an abc of the 'proper' version of the Bluebell polka as described by George ( D/G/C) with the 'C' part in the key of C?
cheers
Q

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L:1/8
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Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: george garside on July 09, 2018, 12:07:55 PM
The bluebell polka as played by Jimmy Shand was a  ?1950's version of the pre war 'little pet polks;' which shand also recorded in the '30's.    If I remember correctly      he played the bluebell polka parts in the following sequence

2 xA (key g)
2xb  (key d)
2xa  (key g)
2xc   (key c)
2xa   (key g)

the dots for this are probably somewhere on t'internet

there are several youtube sound tracks of him playing it a)nd also one video of him playing it when in his 80's with his sons band which comes up  under 'dancing with the shands' ( the complete DVD being on tinternet.)

george
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Tone Dumb Greg on July 09, 2018, 01:42:13 PM
The bluebell polka as played by Jimmy Shand was a  ?1950's version of the pre war 'little pet polks;' which shand also recorded in the '30's.    If I remember correctly      he played the bluebell polka parts in the following sequence

2 xA (key g)
2xb  (key d)
2xa  (key g)
2xc   (key c)
2xa   (key g)

the dots for this are probably somewhere on t'internet

there are several youtube sound tracks of him playing it a)nd also one video of him playing it when in his 80's with his sons band which comes up  under 'dancing with the shands' ( the complete DVD being on tinternet.)

george

That's the same setting as the one I posted above. [Edit, well almost I'll add the last time through, in G] [Further Edit, just noticed it already had "Fine" instruction  :|bl ]
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Anahata on July 09, 2018, 05:19:54 PM
Just in case anyone hasn't seen it: My attempt at Bluebell Polka (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyHB6n9Nwv4) in G, D and C on a D/G two row melodeon.

Very much taking my cue for tempo, style and sequence of parts from Jimmy Shand, also on YouTube somewhere.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Anahata on July 10, 2018, 08:42:33 AM
BTW, after receiving a PM from Gena (mainly about technical minutiae) I realized it looks like the above was my 'Heroes' contribution. Not exactly intended to be, simply making up for George's lack of technology by providing an example of how Bluebell is done in three keys on a two row box, as there doesn't seem to be another available.

Jimmy Shand was one of the first accordionists I ever heard, though, on one of a bunch of 78's that came with a wind-up gramophone that had belonged to my grandparents (they must have had good musical taste: other records in that collection were Mozart 40 and Brandenburg 5). And I used to play a Shand system B/C/C♯ box, but I have to admit the direct inspiration for that choice of instrument was John Kirkpatrick.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: george garside on July 10, 2018, 09:11:06 AM
just coming back briefly to the thumb or index finger for the chin end F. The thumb has a natural sideways movement compared to the other digits and try as I might I cant get my index finger to stretch sufficiently far sideways to do the job, hence I have always used my thumb. Perhaps its something to do with having relatively short fingers!
george
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Anahata on July 10, 2018, 10:33:56 AM
the dots for this are probably somewhere on t'internet

Bluebell Polka on tunearch.org (https://tunearch.org/wiki/Bluebell_Polka_(The))

Edited because the forum software did something bad with the parentheses in the URL. The link does work now, for me anyway.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Mcgrooger on July 10, 2018, 12:17:29 PM

Should I just rerecord one of my earliest melodeon dream tune, "Return from Helsinki" as recorded by mcgrooger, because that song is what has brought me as far as I've gotten?

I remember you saying that you'd been inspired by my video of the tune, Fred. I'm both embarassed that you were so enthusiastic about my version and really pleased that you've achieved your goal and would now be able to play it at least as well as me!  :|bl (:)
Thank you for your kind remarks on this and other stuff! Steve.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Fred on July 10, 2018, 02:49:53 PM

Should I just rerecord one of my earliest melodeon dream tune, "Return from Helsinki" as recorded by mcgrooger, because that song is what has brought me as far as I've gotten?

I remember you saying that you'd been inspired by my video of the tune, Fred. I'm both embarassed that you were so enthusiastic about my version and really pleased that you've achieved your goal and would now be able to play it at least as well as me!  :|bl (:)
Thank you for your kind remarks on this and other stuff! Steve.

Well, here we go.

https://soundcloud.com/laubblaeser/return-from-helsinki-take-3

So here comes Ian Stephenson's "Return from Helsinki" again, as it is the first tune I heard and at the same time thought that I might be able to one day earn the skills to play it. I did not know the original version up until a few months ago and so for me this song is not primarily by Ian Stephenson (although the rightful owner and composer of the song) but by Mcgrooger because his interpretation has brought me to the point at which I wanted to learn the melodeon - so I guess: thank you, Mcgrooger.  (:)

Includes: Misplays, varying basses and chords, varying rhythms and much more!
I love the tune but when I'm recording, it's far from how I normally play it. It's definitely faster and less soft. And because I'm a spoiled young guy, I don't have the patience to hit record, delete and rerecord for 20 or more times until it comes close to my normal playing. Nota bene: Take 3 means the recordings that I've saved and not the recordings that I've deleted. ;)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Clive Williams on July 12, 2018, 09:31:35 AM
Hi all - I thought I'd do a little mazurka by Eric Theze - a wonderful, wonderful musician very much in the style and genre of Stephane Delicq; in fact when I used to go to Gennetines (quite a few years back now), I would very much put their bals on a par and enjoy them equally. Eric plays bandoneon, piano, clarinet, and quite a few other things, but for me his bandoneon and piano work are something else.

Anyway, there seems to be a few melodeon versions of this tune "Arthur" out there, although very few recordings of Eric himself playing it that I can find, and even fewer where he's actually playing the tune. So I learned this mostly off Massimo Craveri's rather splendid version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQSK3Pi6O44

It's played on the G/C Van der Aa Compact III of course.

For bonus value, and because I sometimes try these tunes out on piano to see if they give me a different slant on the tune, here's a version of me playing it on the piano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqwF637s7qo

I'm not really a pianist (don't play in public, ever!) but thought it would be interesting to see how the melodeon version and piano version do over time in terms of views, likes (and dislikes!) relative to each other on my channel. Time will tell!



Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: folkbluesnbeyond on July 12, 2018, 08:50:39 PM
Another one to miss methought, then thought again. Has been suggested but not posted that I could find. The single row take means the clever parts are left open to those that can.

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, once through on G 4stop.

https://youtu.be/5aIT6wng-EQ

All the best

Bill
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: arty on July 14, 2018, 07:14:18 PM
Musicians that I admire....Gosh, so many! I guess the flavour of the month, for me, has to be Pascale and Toon of Naragonia. I can’t seem to stop listening to them and I have spent all my pocket money on a bundle of their CD’s and their Tunebook. Their music seems so full of subtleties and feeling, so a bit of a challenge for me but hey, that’s a good thing eh!

Le Lac de St-Croix, written by Pascale Rubens
https://youtu.be/6GKeetkwM3Y
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Wolfgang on July 15, 2018, 10:46:47 AM
Very nice, David. I also bought the tunebook a couple of days ago, but I'm still listening and couldn't yet decide which one to try first. Maybe now I know. Your playing is always a good inspiration. Thanks & greetings.
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: arty on July 15, 2018, 02:03:07 PM
Thank you Wolfgang, so nice to have some encouragement and greetings to you too  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Tufty on July 16, 2018, 04:19:40 PM
My musical heroes, the early years! (The recording are of my versions)
Rod Stradling, his bands "Oak" and "Old Swan Band" opened up the ears of many of us to what real English music could sound like. I found the Oak  L.P in the public library (remember them) and that was the start of me and melodeons, so blame him (:) https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/new-rigged-shiprig-a-jigmp3
Dan Quinn in his "Flowers and Frolics" period. Still one of the best players around. These tunes are from his time with Will Duke https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/scan-testers-schottischesmp3
These two were probably responsible for starting most of us back in the 1970's in England, although up in the North East it still felt as if you were ploughing a lone furrow!
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Fred on July 16, 2018, 09:29:45 PM
Le Lac de St-Croix, written by Pascale Rubens
https://youtu.be/6GKeetkwM3Y

Ooooh I did not know this one. Thanks for sharing it in your version, I very much like how you play it. Very fluid and confident.
You and your upload brought me to learn the tune myself.  :||:
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: arty on July 16, 2018, 10:25:19 PM
It is a beautiful tune, you will enjoy playing it Fred, I am sure. Thank you for your nice comment  (:)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Mike Averill on July 17, 2018, 08:03:34 PM
...
Frank Sears, many may remember, did an Advent Calendar of Quebec tunes 18 months ago with a new tune each day. Recently he's published 2 books of Quebec tunes in standard notation with chords and in tab format with alternate bars. The books are accompanied by CDs containing recordings of each tune with piano accompaniment, just the piano accompaniment (for you to play along with) and videos. The piano accompaniments are played by Lise Beauchemin.

...

Mitch

may i ask where you aquired the books and cds?

thanks
mike
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: howard mitchell on July 17, 2018, 08:42:54 PM
...
Frank Sears, many may remember, did an Advent Calendar of Quebec tunes 18 months ago with a new tune each day. Recently he's published 2 books of Quebec tunes in standard notation with chords and in tab format with alternate bars. The books are accompanied by CDs containing recordings of each tune with piano accompaniment, just the piano accompaniment (for you to play along with) and videos. The piano accompaniments are played by Lise Beauchemin.

...

Mitch

may i ask where you aquired the books and cds?

thanks
mike

These and other books and cds by the same company at http://www.franchesconnexions.com (http://www.franchesconnexions.com)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Mike Averill on July 17, 2018, 09:25:31 PM
Thank you, thats great.
Mike

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Ricardo Santos Rocha on July 20, 2018, 05:25:00 PM
A recording back from 2014, but Andy Cutting is definitely on my inspirations list. Played on a Tania Rutkowski G/C accordion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se_561ZYzEY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se_561ZYzEY)
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Gary Chapin on July 20, 2018, 07:34:25 PM
Frederic Paris has laid the pathway for me for the last twenty years. Here are some of my recordings of his tunes.

Ganivelle: https://accordeonaire.com/2018/01/12/two-tunes-with-my-daughter/
Two Mazurkas: https://accordeonaire.com/2017/05/27/two-frederic-paris-mazurkas/
Bourree St. Pierre: https://accordeonaire.com/2012/05/27/bourree-de-st-pierre/
La Reine des Bals: https://accordeonaire.com/2012/02/22/la-reine-des-bals-a-french-scottish/
Bec a Bec: https://accordeonaire.com/2011/10/10/mazurka-bec-a-bec/
Le Roulier (air): https://accordeonaire.com/2011/03/14/le-roulier/

Also, here's an interview I did with him: https://accordeonaire.com/2011/09/13/an-interview-with-frederic-paris/
Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Tufty on July 20, 2018, 08:22:00 PM
I agree about Fred Paris, a real master. Anyway, more of my melodeon heroes:(my recordings of their tunes)
Bob Cann - https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/ford-farm-reelcornish-quickstepmp3 It always surprises me how few people seem to know Bob's tunes these days. At least when I start playing them in sessions the room tends to go quiet, apart from Dartmoor festival of course.
Oscar Woods - https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/oh-joemp3 I never met Oscar but his playing was a big influence thanks to the few recordings I could find.
Reg Hall - https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/red-wingmp3 This is one of the tunes on "English Country Music" the L.P that brought Walter Bulwer and Billy Cooper to a wider audience, with Reg on melodeon. His playing with "The Rakes" would also be worth the "hero" status.
Tom Orchard - https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/gypsy-waltzmp3 I first met Tom in the Elsinore at Whitby festival and then at Dartmoor. Anyone who has not been to one of his sessions should try to get there, musically full of energy and very welcoming.

Title: Re: Theme of the Month for July 2018: Musical Heroes
Post by: Clive Williams on July 31, 2018, 07:28:26 PM
Thanks all - as ever, please put late contributions on the end here! On to the next theme; what will it be I wonder?