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Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« on: September 01, 2018, 11:07:32 AM »

A return for this nice open theme; any tune with a name in the name, if you get my drift. Now you've all had your holidays, let's get back to it and see what stuff you can come up with :-)

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2018, 11:34:53 AM »

Does this include tunes that are described by the person (presumably) collected from or written by, such as Tom Tolley's Hornpipe and William Andrew's Sailor's Hornpipe?
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 12:54:05 PM »

I think so: if there's anything that looks like a proper name in the title I'd say it's fair game.
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 02:19:44 PM »

Absolutely and clever stretching of the rules to include the unexpected is encouraged too :-)

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2018, 04:32:40 PM »

Going for the simple 'proper noun'... whoever this Damon chap was...

Young Damon's Flight:
https://youtu.be/1XD1ceu_4LA
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2018, 06:46:45 PM »

'The Crags of Stanley Ghyll' by Adam Garland which fortuitously arrived in my inbox last week. A 64 bar tune, I have put the last two parts together so that it is played as a 48 bar jig. An out-take is included at 1:45 at a slightly slower pace which may be more descriptive. Titled for the crags, but I also hear the waterfall.

https://youtu.be/lIXGgXnIzQI

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018, 08:49:27 PM »

Maybe a bit of a cheat, as this track was recorded some time ago, but I thought I'd chuck it in as Jimmy Allen had fared so badly in the TOTM poll! This recording has mixed memories for me, as the drummer and keyboard player have both passed away (though both younger than me), the fiddle player now lives in New Jersey and I'm settled in Cyprus.  Can't get much further separated than that!

I'll try and get a proper contribution recorded by way of atonement......

https://soundcloud.com/mrkoilani/jimmy-allen

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018, 09:07:25 PM »

https://soundcloud.com/mrkoilani/jimmy-allen

I absolutely love that  ;D
For making the most of what I've heard described as "the most boring tune in the world", that was heroic!
I'm glad I listened right to the end, too.
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2018, 10:57:30 PM »





https://soundcloud.com/mrkoilani/jimmy-allen


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Fabulous. Reminds of the only time I was privileged to see Willie Taylor play at a workshop during Cleethorpes Folk Festival (?late 70's early 80's) when he started playing Jimmy Allen. I remember thinking 'oh no how naff' but by the end of countless harmonies I was transfixed.
Great playing.
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2018, 08:24:59 PM »

Thank you both - your comments mean a lot. The drummer in that band had worked in swing big bands before joining us, and the fiddle player had a pretty solid jazz background, so it seemed a natural way to put a bit of life into what is frankly a very ordinary tune (sorry George!)

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2018, 08:49:24 PM »

Just clicked on the link - superb!
Really enjoyed that Graham, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2018, 10:04:14 PM »

I think Jimmy Allen is a really good tune; am I odd?

Anyway, here's my 'tune with a name'; Valse efter Tor Lohne - https://youtu.be/XJZVwl6Iu4M

I *assume* Tor Lohne is a name; there's no place called that on Google Maps (yes, I looked), and Facebook lists several people with that name, although I can be fairly confident none of them wrote this :-) This is, I *think*, a trad Norwegian tune (Anahata's site has ABC that says trad Danish) and was played by Chris Wood and Andy Cutting in the 90's. Other than a version by Phillip Henry and Lancastrian band from a *long* time ago Chouchenn, it seems oddly unrecorded by anyone else. Perhaps because Chris and Andy's version was so good. Anyway, I've tried before to come up with a melodeon based version of it that sounds convincing, and failed badly - thought I'd try again, and here's the result.

Played on a Van der Aa Compact III in G/C.

If you want to see Chris and Andy's version, played on a C/F I think, here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SGFXWLQ6Uo - sublime.

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2018, 11:53:21 PM »

It is somebody's name: my source of the tune told me "Tor" is alternative spelling for "Thor". I don't know where she got it from (though CW & AC's recording would be a good guess)
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2018, 11:58:25 PM »

The drummer in that band had worked in swing big bands before joining us, and the fiddle player had a pretty solid jazz background

This does does not surprise me much  (:)
You picked up some quite jazzy style from them yourself, or maybe you always play like that...
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2018, 06:02:43 AM »

The drummer in that band had worked in swing big bands before joining us, and the fiddle player had a pretty solid jazz background

This does does not surprise me much  (:)
You picked up some quite jazzy style from them yourself, or maybe you always play like that...

Not always, no!  But I have been the bass player in a jazz trio......
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2018, 02:21:59 PM »

Miss Gayton's Hornpipe from the playing of William Irwin, the Lake District fiddler. Played on my L'Elfique with all the RH reeds and thirds in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1wJM1gsA6U
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2018, 03:57:38 PM »

I've been meaning to learn this for a while, and it's got a name in it...
Hardings Folly's Hornpipe from the William Mittell book.
And inspired by Martin Ellison's terrific version of same elsewhere on YouTube, from which I pinched the idea of the bass runs.
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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2018, 02:33:15 AM »

A bit of O'Carolan on the old black and gold one, plus some mandola stirred in:

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2018, 05:25:04 PM »

About 5 years ago McGrooger posted a video of "Dick's Maggot" that he pronounced the "trickiest" tune he had learned so far.  I was quite taken with both his playing and his pronouncement, and I've been messing with it ever since. 

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

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Re: Theme of the Month for September 2018: Tunes with Names
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2018, 08:06:38 PM »

I love it Jeff !!! I bet that isn't easy to master....well played  (:)
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