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Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:38:44 PM »

Hi everyone - optimistically assuming that people will want to do this again next month, I'm starting this thread so we have a common place to nominate the next set of tunes to enter the tune of the month poll (to be held at the back end of October).

Ones that didn't quite make the cut from last time:

- Spirit of the Dance
- Princess Royal
- Marmalade Polka
- Fisher's Hornpipe

(Sorry Granny, you've got your own thread now, so you're out!)

Please add your suggestions to this thread and I'll pick a suitable selection from it for the next poll.

Thanks in advance!

Clive

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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2009, 11:52:09 PM »

... and to start things rolling, here's another couple of possibles:

Midnight on the Water (American waltz by Luke Thomasson) - and here's a nice version of it.

L'Inconnu d'Limoise (French mazurka by Maxou Heintzen) - and here's a nice version of it.

Enjoy,

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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009, 12:32:58 AM »

My suggestions.

Chassepain. It's a French tune by Giles whassisface and is one of my favourite tunes ever. It fits very nicely under the fingers, mostly and there is a fantastic bass part as well. There's a version on the session, but it isn't quite notated right.

Helseyside. A Northumbrian tune that I think is very well suited to the box. It's a tune that is very easy to improvise over and very easy to do interesting things with the bass. Plus it's a very nice tune. I play it with Souter Creek, but I haven't quite got to grips with that yet myself, despite playing it many many times.

Horse's Brawle. An English tune I believe, commonly found in sessions. Uses the Bb key, which is always fun, even if it does make the bass nigh on impossible.

I'll probably think of some more in the morning. It's a difficult one, as you want to make it accessible to as many as possible whilst making it interesting for the more advanced people. Plus it needs to be a good tune, one that works well on the box and one that people know, but not that many of them.
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2009, 08:45:28 AM »

Helseyside. A Northumbrian tune that I think is very well suited to the box. It's a tune that is very easy to improvise over and very easy to do interesting things with the bass. Plus it's a very nice tune. I play it with Souter Creek, but I haven't quite got to grips with that yet myself, despite playing it many many times.

You need to be clear about which Hesleyside.  ???  Hesleyside reel, is a nice lively reel/rant in G, fits well on a G/D box, or Sweet Hesleyside, which is often played as a slow air, and also works as a waltz.
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2009, 08:48:15 AM »

Horse's Brawle. An English tune I believe, commonly found in sessions. Uses the Bb key, which is always fun, even if it does make the bass nigh on impossible.
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Actually a French tune from Arbeau's orchesography (16th C)
And really called the Horse's Branle (pronounced Brawl) or maybe even better as the Branle De Chevaux
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But indeed a good suggestion
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2009, 08:57:38 AM »

I'm thinking in terms of outfits....something nautical would be nice...

'Portsmouth' maybe?

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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2009, 09:04:17 AM »

I'd like to know how it was actually played in 16th century France - I think the common one might have been Anglicised by session players in terms of speed/harmony/phrasing etc.
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2009, 10:03:54 AM »

Hi everyone - optimistically assuming that people will want to do this again next month, I'm starting this thread so we have a common place to nominate the next set of tunes to enter the tune of the month poll (to be held at the back end of October).

Ones that didn't quite make the cut from last time:

- Spirit of the Dance
- Princess Royal
- Marmalade Polka
- Fisher's Hornpipe

Please add your suggestions to this thread and I'll pick a suitable selection from it for the next poll.
I'm happy to go with one of the runners up from last time. My vote is for Princess Royal. One of the very best morris tunes ever, in my opinion.  (:)
There are many versions around in both major and minor keys. It would be good to hear what people come up with.
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2009, 10:16:53 AM »

I'd like to know how it was actually played in 16th century France - I think the common one might have been Anglicised by session players in terms of speed/harmony/phrasing etc.

Some guidance can be found below from the desciption of the dance itself

http://www.webfeet.org/eceilidh/dances/horses-branle.html
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2009, 01:14:24 PM »

Helseyside. A Northumbrian tune that I think is very well suited to the box. It's a tune that is very easy to improvise over and very easy to do interesting things with the bass. Plus it's a very nice tune. I play it with Souter Creek, but I haven't quite got to grips with that yet myself, despite playing it many many times.

You need to be clear about which Hesleyside.  ???  Hesleyside reel, is a nice lively reel/rant in G, fits well on a G/D box, or Sweet Hesleyside, which is often played as a slow air, and also works as a waltz.

Hesleyside Reel. And it works rather well as a slow tune as well as a reel. Often we would play it slowly a few times in a session, then followed by a few other tunes, increasing in speed and ending with Hesleyside in reel tempo.

Horse's Brawle. An English tune I believe, commonly found in sessions. Uses the Bb key, which is always fun, even if it does make the bass nigh on impossible.
<pedant mode on>
Actually a French tune from Arbeau's orchesography (16th C)
And really called the Horse's Branle (pronounced Brawl) or maybe even better as the Branle De Chevaux
<pedant mode off>

But indeed a good suggestion

I didn't know any of that, thank you (:)
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2009, 01:43:01 PM »

I seem to remember learning the Hesleyside tune from Colin Ross at a fiddle workshop at Towersey in the 1970s and he insisted it should be called the Hesleyside Ride...

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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2009, 03:50:24 PM »

Bearing in mind that quite a few of us will soon be busy learning and polishing tunes for Melodeons at Witney, I would suggest another well-known standard for next month. Princess Royal would be a good choice because many of us will know it already, there are major and minor versions of it, and it is a fairly easy tune to ornament.
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2009, 03:58:33 PM »

Bearing in mind that quite a few of us will soon be busy learning and polishing tunes for Melodeons at Witney,
When does that stuff arrive?

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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2009, 04:03:11 PM »

Bearing in mind that quite a few of us will soon be busy learning and polishing tunes for Melodeons at Witney,
When does that stuff arrive?
Usually about the middle of October.
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2009, 04:04:26 PM »

Bearing in mind that quite a few of us will soon be busy learning and polishing tunes for Melodeons at Witney,
When does that stuff arrive?
Usually about the middle of October.
seems like forever away....

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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2009, 06:49:37 PM »

I'd like to nominate Orange in Bloom, just cos its one of my favourite tune.  ;D Great Morris tune from Sherborne when played as a jig, but also works wonderfully as a waltz, which allows for a lot of experimentation with the left hand.
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2009, 07:25:50 PM »

Seeing as October's is a jolly dance tune  :M , can November be slower and in a minor key??? Pretty please?

Blossom and the Rain? (I can nearly play that!  ;D)

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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2009, 08:02:27 PM »

My itunes is having a really good day today. 

It has just played a fine selection of 'random' tunes ending up with Grand Circle Dance from the Albions Lark Rise album - what a cracking tune that is!

So can I suggest Grand Circle Dance for next month? (if that is actually the name of the tune itself of course?)

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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2009, 08:06:23 PM »

If I remember correctly, the Grand Circle Dance is actually William and Nancy, a Morris tune from Bledington. Cracking tune! Oooh, that reminds me of another brilliant Morris tune... Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket, from Fieldtown.
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Re: Nominations thread for the next Tune of the Month (November)
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2009, 08:10:08 PM »

I'd like to nominate Orange in Bloom, just cos its one of my favourite tune.  ;D Great Morris tune from Sherborne when played as a jig, but also works wonderfully as a waltz, which allows for a lot of experimentation with the left hand.
Yes, I agree that it's a nice tune. I believe that, when played as a waltz, it is called the Sherborne Waltz.
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