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Author Topic: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes  (Read 20680 times)

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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2011, 07:16:02 PM »

That was wonderful!

I will be contributing this month, but will now have to re-think what I'm going to do, as my arrangement of All in the Garden Green was pretty much like that (in terms of harmony), only a tone lower!
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2011, 11:36:06 PM »

Here's a couple of playford tunes for you:

Kettle Drum/Glory of the West

I've been playing this set for a while, which is how I've managed to figure out an arrangement, and record these so early in the month!  :D It's nice to record it though - recording kind of fixes it in my mind, and glues it back into my repertoire.

Like far too much of my repertoire, these come from the fiddle playing of Chris Wood - these can be found on Chris' and Jean Francois Vrod's album 'Crossing' which I think you can still get from the English Acoustic Collective website. There's some fantastic music on there, including these 2 tunes, which were in his solo repertoire back in about 2000 or so, when he did very occasional folk club gigs (after he was famous, and before he was famous again!)

I play these on the Streb, in A/D (I think! - I've forgotten already!), and rely heavily on the unisonoric setup on the basses to provide drones and all manner of neat effects. Assuming it's an A/D, the tunes should have come out in Em.

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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2011, 09:14:08 AM »

Hello Clive, Your the master of the dream. weaving a simple pattern into
solid silk.
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2011, 09:47:28 AM »

Great playing Clive, lovely sound from the Streb ( I thought I'd never say that  ;) ) well chosen tunes and played almost hypnotically - fantastic stuff.
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2011, 09:16:37 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cLUAEUTsRQ

A trio of straight to tape tunes from the headless hohners. I had thought of tweaks and enhancements but thought again. The DG is fairly dry so you may need to adjust some treble off the first tune.

All the best

Bill
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2011, 09:36:36 AM »

Great Bill! I liked them all and the drysound of the DG too.
not a tweak needed!!
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2011, 10:22:02 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cLUAEUTsRQ

A trio of straight to tape tunes from the headless hohners. I had thought of tweaks and enhancements but thought again. The DG is fairly dry so you may need to adjust some treble off the first tune.

All the best

Bill

Sounds good Bill, nice playing and a good set of tunes.
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2011, 10:30:57 AM »

will now have to re-think what I'm going to do, as my arrangement of All in the Garden Green was pretty much like that

There's an advantage to jumping in early. LDT already beat me to Mount Hills which had been on my list of possibilities - both tunes being regularly played at our main local session.
Never mind, plenty more fish in the Playford sea!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cLUAEUTsRQ
A trio of straight to tape tunes from the headless hohners.
Thanks Bill - my type of melodeon music - very danceable!
And The 29th of May is a lovely tune that I'd forgotten...

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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2011, 11:29:36 AM »

Nice playing Bill. I'm already enjoying this month a lot.

will now have to re-think what I'm going to do, as my arrangement of All in the Garden Green was pretty much like that
There's an advantage to jumping in early. LDT already beat me to Mount Hills which had been on my list of possibilities - both tunes being regularly played at our main local session.
Never mind, plenty more fish in the Playford sea!

I was rather hoping that Ollie will still post his version of All in the Garden Green and that Anahata will post Mount Hills too. I love hearing different versions even if they are similar. I'm working on Mount Hills at the moment which is an similar to how Saul Rose taught is at Witney last year. However, I really like Paul Scourfields arrangement too on http://www.myspace.com/paulscourfield.

Please  ::)

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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2011, 12:01:05 PM »

I really like Paul Scourfields arrangement too

That really is a cracking version!
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2011, 12:50:54 PM »

I'm lazy!  ...i'll post an old one!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJR1CNpgjdc

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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2011, 12:58:14 PM »

Hello DTN,
well being one of the players with a pedigree (one of the best) laziness
can go with talent. As Nigel said "brilliant as usual".
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2011, 03:58:55 PM »

I'm lazy!  ...i'll post an old one!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJR1CNpgjdc

DTN

Only a matter of time before someone would post that! :P I wonder how many orders Loffet has got because of that video... you should ask for a rebate.
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #33 on: February 08, 2011, 03:53:11 AM »

Anyone care to recommend some good Playford CDs - not necessarily melodeon.
I have Ashley Hutchings' the compleat dancing master, and a Broadside Band cd which is called something like "dances from france and england" that has some playford - but that's about it. 
Somebody mentioned Pyewacket but I cant find their CDs anywhere.
Any other good ones?

Ray
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #34 on: February 08, 2011, 08:02:42 AM »

Try Belshazzar's Feast: John Playford's Secret Ball

I haven't even heard the album, but I know the two Pauls and their music well enough to make a confident recommendation that it will be top quality stuff.

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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #35 on: February 08, 2011, 09:21:22 AM »

And of course there 'Cast a Bell from the magnificent  1651  including Andy Cutting demonstrating why he won the  BBC Radio 2 award last night.
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #36 on: February 08, 2011, 10:20:36 AM »

Just by happenstance this appeared in my email this week:

http://www.eastleighfolkdance.org/MainlyPlayford.pdf

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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2011, 08:50:30 AM »

Thanks Lester I needed that.

Someone says that this is Playford, but not necessarily as I playford  :|bl  it.

No time this month for anything else I'm too busy packing for my big move.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYyXqMBQ9I0

Cheers  :|glug
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2011, 10:04:54 PM »

Hi all, I've had another go, this time at Newcastle. Sorry about the video quality - the lighting must have been wrong... There really are some great Playford tunes, so I may have another go at one of the slightly more intricate ones, but I really liked this one when I came across it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Co1vDaJ5bA
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Re: Theme of the Month for February 2011: Playford Tunes
« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2011, 06:02:59 PM »

Sorry all - especially shift! I'm going to have to post another version of the tune you've already posted. It's Newcastle - it was one of only two Playford tunes I already knew - the other being Portsmouth which seemed just too well known. I used to play them as a pair about 30 years ago and the only other Playford tunes that I thought I might have a go at have also already appeared here. Anyway - here's my version. It's taken an age to get ready - my computer decided to have a bit of a hissy fit when I started.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiJPyXI2N1E
Once again sorry for the lack of originality!  :|bl
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