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Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« on: January 01, 2019, 12:03:04 PM »

Hi all; let's bring this theme back, shall we - it's been over a year and it gives those of you who voted for Paddy Carey the chance to finally play it :-)

As noted last time, 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. Channel Islands and the Isle of Man too!

Happy new year to one and all!

Cheers,

Clive

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2019, 12:24:45 PM »

Mona's Delight from the Isle of Man

Torn between 'swine!' and 'great minds'. I was just practising a Manx tune to record myself, having decided to take the most obscure of the options presented.

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2019, 12:37:18 PM »

I presume all of the Scottish isles are included? It would be a shame to miss out on the wealth of music from the Shetlands.
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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2019, 05:11:13 PM »

Taking Clive's suggestion at face value and given that I have not posted Paddy Carey before

https://youtu.be/hrFrc44lx-A

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2019, 08:25:10 PM »

Here's a rough take of "Soldier's Joy", a tune I've been trying to learn to play consistently (with marginal success) since I first picked up the melodeon a little less than a year ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOVKzNqpphk
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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2019, 04:42:00 PM »

An eccentric tune written by John Glaister of Thames Valley Morris Men which Phil Williams has introduced to my local side. Probably a bit faster than 'dance' tempo. PDF attached, needless to say I have applied the KISS principle to Phil's suggestions for chords.

A current tune which fits the brief. Still a 'not sure' for me in some respects.

https://youtu.be/JwqJYREaqMs

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2019, 09:39:37 PM »

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2019, 10:10:36 PM »

Farewell to Whiskey by Neil Gow

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

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2019, 11:00:29 PM »

Farewell to Whiskey by Neil Gow

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

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Very nice!  One of my favorites when I played fiddle.
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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2019, 05:43:26 PM »

Here's my tune; I've learned this off the new Boldwood album, Glory of the West

The Babylon: https://youtu.be/Ne545sGQbMg

The whole album's full of 17th-19th century "Poldark" tunes to quote their album notes, typically sourced from obscure Playford style music manuscripts, so I assume this tune is too. It's a cracker. And while I'm playing it on the 12 bass Bb/Eb Preciosa here, it fits just fine on a standard 2 row 8 bass box.

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2019, 02:26:59 PM »

Here's my tune; I've learned this off the new Boldwood album, Glory of the West

The Babylon: https://youtu.be/Ne545sGQbMg

The whole album's full of 17th-19th century "Poldark" tunes to quote their album notes, typically sourced from obscure Playford style music manuscripts, so I assume this tune is too. It's a cracker. And while I'm playing it on the 12 bass Bb/Eb Preciosa here, it fits just fine on a standard 2 row 8 bass box.
Really like this tune Clive so I think I'll have a go at it. Couldn't find it in Playford though; Boldwood's sleeve notes cite Henry Atkinson. Found it eventually via the Village Music Project (to whom grateful thanks) where it is called The Babylon Hornpipe. Confusingly, the notes say it is untitled in the manuscript, so really not sure where the title came from. Important thing is I've got the dots now.
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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2019, 03:52:04 PM »

Here's my tune; I've learned this off the new Boldwood album, Glory of the West

The Babylon: https://youtu.be/Ne545sGQbMg

The whole album's full of 17th-19th century "Poldark" tunes to quote their album notes, typically sourced from obscure Playford style music manuscripts, so I assume this tune is too. It's a cracker. And while I'm playing it on the 12 bass Bb/Eb Preciosa here, it fits just fine on a standard 2 row 8 bass box.

It is lovely...and sits nicely on the flat box. Now s it my  :M history or does it sound a little bit like a "bent" Cuckoo's Nest?

Doesn't really matter...lovely version of a lovely tune..
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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2019, 05:02:27 PM »


It is lovely...and sits nicely on the flat box. Now s it my  :M history or does it sound a little bit like a "bent" Cuckoo's Nest?

Doesn't really matter...lovely version of a lovely tune..

Thanks both! John Offord said much the same thing, and yes it's very much in the same family. Funny thing is I never noticed until he said it, and now I wonder how I missed that!

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2019, 05:28:02 PM »


The Babylon: https://youtu.be/Ne545sGQbMg

 the notes say it is untitled in the manuscript, so really not sure where the title came from. Important thing is I've got the dots now.


The title comes from ChrisP, of this parish,  as far as I know.
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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2019, 06:40:34 PM »

A bit out of my comfort zone, being Irish (at least the first one!)
https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/the-road-to-ballisadarelemmy-brazils-2mp3
The first tune came from Rose Murphy, I came across it on "Round the House and Mind the Dresser" edited by Reg Hall. Played on a D Clipper.

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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2019, 07:03:34 PM »

A bit out of my comfort zone, being Irish (at least the first one!)
https://soundcloud.com/tuftyabc/the-road-to-ballisadarelemmy-brazils-2mp3
The first tune came from Rose Murphy, I came across it on "Round the House and Mind the Dresser" edited by Reg Hall. Played on a D Clipper.

I'm no expert here so bear with me while I lay out my thoughts on this. If I remember correctly, a Clipper is always a 1-row instrument and since you only named one key for your box, I reckon that this is correct. Having said that, I'm absolutely astonished by how fluid your playing was on this recording. There were very little moments when I noticed the fast changes of direction and the flourishes were all as precise as can be. While I normally would definitely prefer an instrument with more bass variation, I did not once feel like that during your recording. Everything was in order and played securely and with ease. I think now I know what people on this forum mean when they talk about "overcoming the limitations of a melodeon", specifically those of a 1-row instrument. The dynamic in this piece was great. Thanks for sharing this. (I feel like I went a bit over board with this answer... Oh well. I'll leave it as is.)
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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2019, 10:31:30 PM »

Well played Tufty, nice to hear the old Clipper given a good thrashing.
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Re: Theme of the Month: Tunes from the British Isles
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2019, 11:13:49 PM »

If I remember correctly, a Clipper is always a 1-row instrument and since you only named one key for your box, I reckon that this is correct. Having said that, I'm absolutely astonished by how fluid your playing was on this recording.

That recording is definitely a one-row. But everything else you said is also true: it's beautifully played and exemplifies what great music can be got from the humble one row melodeon. As I like to put it, the instrument did not get in the way of the music.
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