Spare Parts Concertina Band will be running our part-playing sessions for concertinas only. Bryan Creer has put the ten three-part arrangements we're bringing on the band website at http://www.sparepart....uk/SPTunes.php. Bryan writes:
'Here are the three-part arrangements of tunes we're bringing to Whitby Folk Week 2014.
We're running sessions for all concertina systems. We're not quite sure when or where yet. Watch this space . We expect to be taking two sets of the arranged tunes we've worked on to the final workshop concert on Friday in the Spa Pavilion Hall. These are Chain Cotillion/La Fete de Village and
Welch's 3-Part Polka (SussexTuneBookno.50)/Welch's Untitled Polka (SussexTuneBook no.47).
To provide variety we'll also play an extra, easier arrangement each day but we're not aiming to get those ready for performance unless people particularly want to do them. The other tunes are -
Adjutant Davies's Swiss Guards March, A Jigg Ashling, Down the Road,
Fourpence Ha'penny Farthing, Frenet Hall, The Troublesome Cossack
You'll find all the tunes as pdfs, MIDI and Noteworthy files.
Do get in touch if you can't make them work or want any help. If you want to concentrate on tunes which will definitely come up during the week, stick to Chain Cotillion/La Fete de Village and the Welch Family Polkas.'
Chain Cotillion is a 64-bar version of the Bosham Cotilion, which is very popular in sessions after being found in a manuscript dated 1800 from the Welch family of Sussex (the Bosham Band). The Swiss Guards March comes from another Sussex manuscript (Davies) and is in three parts, so this is an authentic arrangement.
As always, feel free to download the tunes and try them out even if you can't make it to Whitby. We're sorry that Suzanne Higgins can't be with us this year as she's having a hip replaced, but Bryan and I will do our best in her absence while wishing her a quick and full recovery.
Edited by Valmai Goodyear, 30 June 2014 - 04:53 PM.