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Author Topic: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things  (Read 1061 times)

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It's the time of year to bring out the Christmas repertoire and play something related to Christmas, winter, snow, reindeer, or whatever else! If you live in Australia, summer, barbeques, beaches!

Have a great holiday season everyone!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 12:37:52 PM »

Stop the Cavalry  (:)

https://youtu.be/OosubMqt0Rw
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 12:40:08 PM »

In the Bleak Midwinter

https://youtu.be/3_vw84ucdaE
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2017, 01:02:06 AM »

Two from me. The Holly and the Ivy and Wenceslas.

http://accordeonaire.blogspot.com/2017/12/holiday-tunes.html

Good holidays, everyone!
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2017, 01:42:43 AM »

Nice! Scratches my "hymn" itch very nicely. I see you and I take the same approach to basses on these things. Thanks.

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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2017, 10:01:45 AM »

there is a nice youtube vid of 'welcome Christmas morning' played by Daniel Mcfee on a size nine melodeon!

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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2017, 11:50:58 AM »

Is this the one George?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvsQW61iWNc

bit too heavy on the bass for my liking but good for dance ;)
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2017, 04:08:28 PM »

 yes thats the one. There are some other renderings of it on you tube and all are played as waltzes .
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2017, 01:43:09 AM »

    Here's a traditional Swedish tune I learned recently, Trettondagsvisan, played on Pokerwork and six-string uke.
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2017, 08:10:45 PM »

Another Stop The Cavalry.

https://youtu.be/-SywcQNLmYY

This is played in G on a DG.  No F chord for the "Wish I was" bit but never mind.

Pretty faithful to the Jona Lewie version albeit a tone down.

It's a bit rough as I only worked it out yesterday!  ;)

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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2017, 02:20:12 AM »

I honestly have never heard of this tune, "Stop the Cavalry." It's a holiday thing? A winter thing?
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2017, 03:01:40 AM »

Christmas song , I'm guessing England origins looking at the words in link below.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EqhInzo9Qyk
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2017, 06:28:49 AM »

Stop The Cavalry was No.3 in the UK charts, Christmas 1980. Jona Lewie wrote and performed it.  The lyrics are more or less an anti war protest. It’s very popular here in the UK at Christmas. The original was in A and sung in a very low voice. My version is in G and can be sung fairly comfortably in that key albeit nearly an octave higher than the original, if you get my drift. The song would have probably reached No.1 if John Lennon hadn’t died earlier that month. He had the top two slots in the chart. Apparently, there is a choral version that’s popular in the States.
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2017, 08:20:56 AM »

I learned this tune today from Mark Hiscock's video. Here he is playing his Bb H113 .
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cyudf1Vkbig
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2017, 04:46:59 PM »

Stop The Cavalry was No.3 in the UK charts, Christmas 1980. Jona Lewie wrote and performed it.  The lyrics are more or less an anti war protest. It’s very popular here in the UK at Christmas. The original was in A and sung in a very low voice. My version is in G and can be sung fairly comfortably in that key albeit nearly an octave higher than the original, if you get my drift. The song would have probably reached No.1 if John Lennon hadn’t died earlier that month. He had the top two slots in the chart. Apparently, there is a choral version that’s popular in the States.

Most of the tune is a trad English tune called either Rub-a-Dub or free Stockport Polka
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2017, 05:49:04 PM »

I honestly have never heard of this tune, "Stop the Cavalry." It's a holiday thing? A winter thing?

The bones of the tune are sometimes used for morris dancing.

Lester's right to say this form is sometimes known as Rub a Dub. I always thought the pop song came before the country dance tune, but it's sometimes difficult to know the truth.

Here is the pop song. Big in it's day, which was just before Christmas. As I understand it the Christmas references were an after thought to try and boost the record's sales by turning into a Christmas hit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HkJHApgKqw
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2017, 06:50:24 PM »

Anxiously waiting for someone to play Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody on the melodeon...
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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2017, 01:11:20 PM »

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Re: Theme of the Month for December 2017: Christmas and Wintery Things
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2017, 12:19:22 PM »

I've never been convinced by Stop the Cavalry being based on Rub a Dub or Stockport Polka. Wasn't it loosely based on the tune 'Swedish Rhapsody No. 1'. Can someone contact Jona Lewie and ask him?
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