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Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:57:39 AM »

It occurred to me today we've done tunes from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, USA, Canada, but not actually England! Well, here we are then. I was originally going to do this as Tunes from East Anglia, but thought it would be nice to open it up a bit to include some of the lovely Lancashire, Northumbrian and other music from all over England.

Looking forward to seeing what people conjure up!

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 10:35:17 AM »

First of a few this month

Beatrice Hill's Three Handed Reel played on a Hohner 1 Row 4 Stop in D

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 01:50:33 PM »

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2012, 03:22:46 PM »

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2012, 05:37:01 PM »

 or Sir Sidney Smith's March   played in this video by Lester  :||:
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2012, 08:48:09 AM »

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2012, 09:09:58 AM »

Today's tune

Sussex Cotillion

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2012, 09:52:05 AM »

Come on in the water's lovely  (:)

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2012, 10:09:15 AM »

Come on in the water's lovely  (:)
Are you posting your whole repertoire? lol

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2012, 10:18:08 AM »

Come on in the water's lovely  (:)
Are you posting your whole repertoire? lol

That would take a year or two (:)

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2012, 10:24:41 AM »

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2012, 12:12:10 PM »

That would take a year or two (:)

Well I enjoyed John Boden's 'A Folk Song a Day' project but Lester's 'Melodeon tune a day' could beat it!  :||:

Thanks for these tunes Lester, very enjoyable.
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2012, 08:50:28 PM »

A trio of tunes, none of which are from East Anglia!

All in the same key on the same box.

http://youtu.be/MJfOIwDMCFM

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2012, 01:20:13 AM »

Come on in the water's lovely  (:)

Splash!

Here's a couple of recent, contrasting schottisches from English writers:

Here's '1st of September' - a beautiful slow air written by Miranda Rutter of Methera, but also a cracking schottische when played at speed. Played on the Streb (in Mory LMM voice, tuned to D/G, making this tune a pretty simple straight up and down the D row tune in D).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eqtmvZ1IYg

.I've only ever heard the next tune from a youtube video, so I may have taken a few liberties with the tune, but here it is anyway! Gurdy genius Cliff Stapleton's 'Black Rock'; a quirky ear worm tune of the kind that Cliff does so well. Frankly, I could have chosen any one of 5 or 6 tunes written by Cliff; he writes some fantastic stuff, he really does. It's played on the preciosa in Bb/Eb, mostly on the outside row, and the bass accompaniment (which is a very simple F drone interspersed with a Eb at the turn around) implies it's in F. Quite what mode of F though, I've absolutely no idea; it's nothing I've seen before! (edit: now I think about it, it's probably simply F mix with an accidental or two). On Cliff's recording by the way, it's in G, and you can play along on a C/F box (if you have the G chord on the push)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9BHCO1jE_c

Cheers,

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2012, 02:26:08 AM »

And today's tune is

Albert's Last Dance

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2012, 08:05:32 AM »

Here's '1st of September' - a beautiful slow air written by Miranda Rutter of Methera, but also a cracking schottische when played at speed. Played on the Streb (in Mory LMM voice, tuned to D/G, making this tune a pretty simple straight up and down the D row tune in D).

The 'A' part of this tune bears a striking resemblance to Andy Cutting's 'Nue Pneus'.
Nicely played though Clive.
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2012, 09:10:30 AM »

Here's '1st of September'

The 'A' part of this tune bears a striking resemblance to Andy Cutting's 'Nue Pneus'.
Nicely played though Clive.

Hmmm, so it does! I wonder if I've mixed them up? Don't have the Methera recording (1st album) it comes off to check; will have a listen some time. Methera play it a bit more slowly and more 'refined', so the resemblance isn't immediately obvious on their version I think, but fortunately, all of Andy's stuff is fair game this month too, so I'm ok anyway!  :D

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2012: Tunes from England
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2012, 09:41:04 AM »

.I've only ever heard the next tune from a youtube video, so I may have taken a few liberties with the tune, but here it is anyway! Gurdy genius Cliff Stapleton's 'Black Rock'; a quirky ear worm tune of the kind that Cliff does so well. Frankly, I could have chosen any one of 5 or 6 tunes written by Cliff; he writes some fantastic stuff, he really does. It's played on the preciosa in Bb/Eb, mostly on the outside row, and the bass accompaniment (which is a very simple F drone interspersed with a Eb at the turn around) implies it's in F. Quite what mode of F though, I've absolutely no idea; it's nothing I've seen before! (edit: now I think about it, it's probably simply F mix with an accidental or two). On Cliff's recording by the way, it's in G, and you can play along on a C/F box (if you have the G chord on the push)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9BHCO1jE_c   Cheers,   Clive   

The "key" is F - the tune is set on the Eb diatonic scale (set of notes), starting 2nd note  (hence the fluid fingering)!

    So its the 2nd, "dorian", or "F" mode of Eb.  But rather more simply "F dorian"  :|glug

Actually most of the time the melody floats around the top of the scale with just the occasional Ab to remind us we are in the minor. The only difference between F dorian and F mixo is Ab v A - this tune exploits the ambiguity quite beautifully (assisted by skillful playing). And as F mixolydian is mode 5 of Bb scale - you are still on the right kit!

Cliff is a fantastic writer of tunes - several of us spent most of a St Chartier festival pushing him to publish - AFAIK he never has  :-\ I've got some sick leave dues this month and will see if I can resurrect "Man in the Brown Hat" and "Blue Sausage Island" - both playable on a 2 row with accs (or a Hurdy Gurdy)!
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