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Deliberately vague and wide ranging this month. The British Isles is not the same as Great Britain, or the UK - in fact, it's not a country at all - it is the islands comprising the United Kingdom *and* Ireland (including Southern Ireland). So this can cover anything from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, or Ireland itself. I'm kind of hoping for one or two from the Channel Islands and/or the Isle of Man too, which are also covered!

Cheers,

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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2016, 10:06:41 AM »

Mona's Delight from the Isle of Man

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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2016, 10:39:25 AM »

there are  a couple of crap recordings     using laptop mike on youtube that I  did 3 years ago . 4 tunes definitely from the British Isles  (played on BCC# boxes)

Stronsey Waltz and Rope Waltz on a trichord in need of a full overhaul played in G and D  and Tiparary  and pack up your troubles on Casali both played in Bb 


just put in George Garside accordion to bring them up

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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2016, 11:40:45 AM »

An unusual tune from the East Riding of Yorkshire - as played by Sid Martin , with extra bars :-)

Napoleon Crossing the Alps ( but nothing like the well known tune with the same name).
A very similar version was collected just a few miles from Sid from
Billy Harrison in Nunburnholme, which is who 'Fathers Polka' came from.

https://youtu.be/cqYkLot4XGk
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2016, 11:45:45 AM »

This is 'fathers polka' from my old friend Billy Harrison , born in Nunburnholme in the East Riding of Yorkshire . Billy just called it 'me dads polka' .
It's never been collected anywhere else .

Billy fought at Cambrai and the Somme in WW1 and was a talented fiddle and cello player .
Musical Traditions have a CD of him playing with Jim Eldon.

https://youtu.be/FvHOPNh-Y6k
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2016, 02:36:40 PM »

Here's a great tune from East Anglia, Seamo's Polka, learned from Oscar Woods .

With commentary from the other Woody ....

https://youtu.be/sA9ZwLDg_RA
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2016, 02:39:48 PM »

A bit of a cheat because I recorded this a few weeks ago, but here are versions of Flos Headford's Tannerman paired with Elephant's Nest (Stockport Polka), learnt to allow me to contribute to C&E workshops at Whitby:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqMpqgL0mZM

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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2016, 02:40:00 PM »

Another tune from Yorkshire , this time from the West Riding , in the Yorkshire Dales

One of the versions of Buttered Peas .

https://youtu.be/VR-evg1uZuc
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2016, 02:41:36 PM »

A bit of a cheat because I recorded this a few weeks ago, but here are versions of Flos Headford's Tannerman paired with Elephant's Nest (Stockport Polka), learnt to allow me to contribute to C&E workshops at Whitby:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqMpqgL0mZM

Nice one Nigel !
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2016, 02:47:07 PM »

When sheep shearing's done ( the proper name for the tune  >:E )

From Dorset or thereabouts , from the playing of the Dorset Trio

https://youtu.be/Ux7NNdPYa-s
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2016, 02:52:06 PM »

One you don't here very often :
P and O Polka from Cheshire , from the playing of Pete Coe

https://youtu.be/9ZvrRzEF4as
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2016, 07:47:37 PM »

 
 I'm kind of hoping for one or two from the Channel Islands and/or the Isle of Man too, which are also covered!

Cheers,

Clive


Unfortunately Clive, there is no traditional music directly attributed to the Channel Islands. All the music, which is often confused as being of Channel Island's origin, is in fact from Normandy, Northern France.
It would be wonderful if someone could prove me wrong!
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2016, 12:28:40 PM »

 there are a great many northumbrian  tunes  that are nice and bouncy and inherently rhythmic that are DG box friendly.  One of my favorites is Willie Taylors 'Farewell to the Dean'' played ass a Schottiche.

Can only find a mouthie rendition on youtube and the dots are in 'the ceilidh band pack' by robin Dunn.  ( where it is set with orange and blue for a 'canadan barn dance')

lots of others in The NOrthumbian Pipers tune books 1,2 & 3

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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2016, 12:03:07 PM »

... played ass a Schottiche.

Was that a bum note?
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2016, 09:25:02 PM »

Graham Scofield brought Flatwater Fran to last evening's session. I thought it might fit. Tune by Phil Cunningham, played here as 32 bar arrangement, sourced from abc on The Session.

https://youtu.be/u4jUqaMnU9A

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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2016, 09:34:42 PM »

Here's the Trade Wind Hornpipe and Corn Riggs.
Listeners of a certain generation (myself included, natch) will, of course, know the first one as (part of) the theme of BBC radio's The Navy Lark.

https://youtu.be/VqIf7-LB9pM

The first one almost qualifies for the summer theme of "something you've just learnt" as I found the music back in June and had a go at learning it then.
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2016, 12:53:09 AM »

Helg yn Dreain (Hunt the Wren) and The Fatherby Jig

Ooh, they're crackers! Gotta learn those!

Here's my contribution for this month, and if you've been wondering where that rather amazing Hohner Liliput conversion Kay Albrecht's been sharing pictures of on facebook recently went, here it is:

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

It's the Leitrim Thrush, in C, inspired by the Old Hat Dance Band's version as much as anything. This box just flies along in C, it really does - fantastic work by Kay!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for October 2016: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2016, 12:54:30 AM »

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there is no traditional music directly attributed to the Channel Islands.

Anything from the Isles of Scilly then?

Furthest northwest I can think of is the Shetland jig "Da Shaalds o Foula".  Furthest directly west, "Dingle Regatta".

Tunes from North Sea rigs?

In the southeast direction this has to be the furthest you can get?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTG7-qaStnI
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