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Tunes for learning by ear: Captain Pugwash
« on: October 04, 2019, 04:31:29 PM »

Captain Puwash: https://youtu.be/cvYjJ7hDooY

There's an older, rather plainer version of this tune known as the Trumpet Hornpipe... And then it got adapted for TV. The Wikipedia says 'The series had a memorable signature tune, The Trumpet Hornpipe, played by accordionist Tom Edmundson and arranged by Philip Lane. It was recorded in 1954 in Northumberland on the button accordion and chosen from the BBC sound library. Edmundson had learned the tune from Jimmy Shand.'

But the 'jazzy bit' chords Edmundson are a falling series of semitones. The ones I have here are from Tony Hall, I think, though I'm sure he'd never play the tune as simply as I do!

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Re: Tunes for learning by ear: Captain Pugwash
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019, 07:33:25 PM »

I was amused to hear Bollin Morris play this tune this past summer, which I instantly recognised from my childhood!
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Re: Tunes for learning by ear: Captain Pugwash
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2019, 09:53:41 AM »

Black Pig Border Morris have always danced to this tune since the 1980's.... Well they would wouldn't they.
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Re: Tunes for learning by ear: Captain Pugwash
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2019, 01:19:23 PM »

I think Captain Pugwash is written for the series and is still under copywright . (at least the arrangement)The trumpet Hornpipe is very similair and when played people will say thats Pugwash .I stand to be corrected
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Re: Tunes for learning by ear: Captain Pugwash
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2019, 02:10:30 PM »

I've heard many versions of Captain Pugwash over the years, and all are instantly recognisable. However, it seems to me that non of those I can recall, including Gary's here, are actually the same as the programme. I'll have to try to play what's in my memory, although I seem to remember that I did so a few years ago and that it couldn't be done on the 1 rows which I played exclusively at the time.
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Re: Tunes for learning by ear: Captain Pugwash
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2019, 03:06:07 PM »

The Captain Pugwash tune is, indeed, a setting of the 19C tune , of unknown origin, the Trumpet Hornpipe, aka the Thunder Hornpipe. It was played for the TV programme by Tom Edmundson on a chromatic button accordion in 1954. Tom learned the tune from Jimmy Shand.

I wouldn't sweat too much about copyright infringement. It's one musician's rendition of a tune in the public domain to a setting by anon, possibly Shand. And you're right, Winston, it's a setting that cannot be played on a one row, or a lot of two rows, come to that.
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