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Title: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Clive Williams on November 23, 2010, 09:33:58 PM
Here we go again! 4 tunes to choose, let's see who wins this time (I'd happily vote for any of these)!

Duchess/Dark Girl was last month's runner up:

ABC for Duchess/Dark Girl, courtesy of Lester:

Code: [Select]
X:79
T:Dark Girl Dressed in Blue
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
A3G F2G2|AB cA B2G2|A3G F2G2|A2d2d4|
A3G F2G2|AB cA B2G2|A2d2^c2e2|d4d4:|
f2f2g2f2|de dB A4|f2f2g2f2|d3B A4|
f2f2g2f2|de dB A2B2|c2B2c2G2|[1A2AB c2d2:|[2A8|]

Spotify users can find an amazing version of Duchess/Dark Girl (labelled 'The Duchess Dressed in Blue') on Tiger Moth's album 'Mothballs Plus'; Courtesy of our own Anahata, we have a splendid version by Ethel's Cats (second tune) (http://www.ethelscats.co.uk/mp3/04LNB.mp3). We're talking about the english tune by the way, not the irish tune with the same name which is *completely* different.

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Three Sea Captains:

Here's a nice slow version, played on guitar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFCI_kxOJ5E). It's been embellished with a few extra accidentals in this video, but you get the idea. An infeasibly catchy tune which sticks in the brain.

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The Moon and Seven Stars (also known as just 'Seven Stars')

Luca Celano has thoughtfully put up a tutorial for this tune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkqNXL3Erqg) including a run through at normal speed, and then breaking it down into bits. A nice jig with lots of opportunity for harmony/power chords on the B music.

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La Marianne:

A beautifully simple waltz written by Frederic Paris of La Chavanee, the chap who wrote Canal in October.

Here's a version of it played on a Castagnari Giordy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEuQ81GV8wU)! All you need is half a melodeon to play this apparently!  ;D

... and there you go. Happy voting!

Clive






Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Chris Ryall on November 23, 2010, 10:05:52 PM
Just to say that 'La Marianne' is very much the symbol of France 'as a State'.  Love the Waltz (I'd thought it trad Berrichon) - it's an easy play and you can have great fun with the 'twiddles'.   She's nowadays elected with a famous 20th  paradigm being Brigitte Bardot.

There's also another rather wonderful Luca Calano Youtube tutorial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtSP7jrAC8I&)

But I still rather fancy that dark girl in blue m'self

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Spotify users can find an amazing version of Dark Girl Dressed in Blue

[edit] Hang on a bit - that's not the Stanley Holloway song tune!
 (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dSZ36A0-GBI/SHtNV5osf3I/AAAAAAAABGU/nQPuXatcNzk/s400/La+Marianne.jpg) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne)
Note her 'Phrygian' cap!
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: GPS on November 24, 2010, 06:19:12 AM
We're talking about the english tune by the way, not the irish tune with the same name which is *completely* different.


I was always under the impression the "English" tune WAS Irish - didn't it come from Michael Gorman's fiddle playing?

Graham
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: GPS on November 24, 2010, 06:27:28 AM
I should have added - I know the Irish "DGDIB" tune you refer to, Clive, and yes, it is entirely different! But I seem to remember some sleeve notes somewhere in the dim & distant that credited the Rod Stradling/Tiger Moth tune to Michael Gorman. I can't remember at this distance whether I picked up the tune from Tiger Moth or from Flowers & Frolics/Gas Mk 5 - I just seem to have known it for decades.

Graham
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: GPS on November 24, 2010, 09:41:49 AM
I can't remember at this distance whether I picked up the tune from Tiger Moth or from Flowers & Frolics/Gas Mk 5


Or it may have been Old Swan..........
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Owen Woods on November 24, 2010, 02:35:36 PM
For once this is a fairly easy vote for me (:)
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Anahata on November 24, 2010, 05:50:41 PM
La Marianne:
A beautifully simple waltz written by Frederic Paris of La Chavanee, the chap who wrote Canal in October.
Here's a version of it played on a Castagnari Giordy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEuQ81GV8wU)! All you need is half a melodeon to play this apparently!  ;D

The same player has a lovely performance of L'Inconnu de Limoise too, which I don't think I'd spotted before.
(see related videos)
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Fidjit on November 25, 2010, 09:41:54 AM
The race is on and in the lead is, a Dark Girl Dressed in Blue. But the Moon and Seven Tars are shining bright. And seeing 3 Captains dragging their heels. Waltzing to a Marianne.

Cheers  :|glug
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Fidjit on November 25, 2010, 09:22:35 PM
I see that some people are changing horses mid stream >:(
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Anahata on November 26, 2010, 12:12:34 PM
I see that some people are changing horses mid stream >:(
You mean one of the vote numbers actually decreased ?

I added a minority vote...
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Fidjit on November 26, 2010, 12:14:16 PM
I see that some people are changing horses mid stream >:(
You mean one of the vote numbers actually decreased ?

I added a minority vote...

Yes.

Getting to be a close race though.

Come on you Tars !
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Susi on November 26, 2010, 12:24:57 PM
I voted for your tune. Is that the one we played at Slusscaféet this summer? I
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Fidjit on November 26, 2010, 03:05:35 PM
Neck and neck for second place.
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Stiamh on November 26, 2010, 07:02:02 PM
Not having contributed yet, I don't usually vote... but I had to plump for the Three Sea Captains. Lord knows why, but it was one of the first tunes I attempted on the box, and the first in G (that's on the D row for me). BTW Clive I wouldn't call that guitar clip a slow version. I've played the tune for hard-shoe step dancers and they usually want it a tad slower than that. I don't think that playing it at jig speed does the tune any favours. 
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Bill the Farmer on November 30, 2010, 11:32:33 AM
You can do some nice bass harmonies to Three Sea Captains  :||:
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: Ellie on November 30, 2010, 01:29:30 PM
I suppose it's about time I learned to cross-row The Seven Stars rather than playing it one-handedly...  :|bl
Title: Re: Poll: Tune of the Month for December 2010
Post by: GPS on November 30, 2010, 01:45:34 PM
I suppose it's about time I learned to cross-row The Seven Stars rather than playing it one-handedly...  :|bl

As I usually play it on a 1-row I'd find that a tad difficult :D