For April's Tune of the Month, I'm suggesting three tunes from different traditions. Listen, try them out, vote - and the winner will be announced on April 1 so we can all get started.
They're all pretty basic and sound nice when played in a simple, straightforward fashion, but they also serve as good platforms for musical creativity.
Remember, there's no reason why you can't play these tunes in different keys or different styles. The ABCs I include are just to give you an idea of the basic tune.
A lively French Canadian reel that has become popular on the American contra dance circuit. There's also a circle mixer by that name that uses the tune.
No concertina videos available that I can find, but here's a decent version on fiddle (it is a fiddle tune, after all).
You can see ABCs and regular notation for the tune - or at least one version of it - here
The American contra dance band Amarillis does a sprightly version with English concertina in the lead.
There are numerous variations to the B part, and I like them all.
I believe it is a Shetland tune, but I've heard it all over the place - including at a pub in Ireland..
Here's a simplified, straightforward version with clarinet and accordion:
The all time best concertina version of this is on Jody Kruskal's Grand Picnic CD. Here's a video clip of the band rocking the tune like nobody else can : .
Here's some notation to give you a general idea of how it's played, although I've heard endless variations.
A beautiful Swedish waltz, variously called Bodavalsen, Waltz from Boda, and just plain Boda.
I can't find any really good recordings on public sites like YouTube (I won't post clips from copyrighted material, ie from my CD collection). This is the best I could find. If chosen I will post my own recording (guess I'd better practice!). It does sound gorgeous on concertina, and while it is a simple tune, it really opens up with creative chords, bass lines, etc. Here are some basic ABCs from thesession.org - labeled "Anna's Waltz," for some reason.
B3 c BA|B3 c BA|B4 e2|B3 def|
g4 g2|f4 e2|f3 gf2|B6|
e4 e2|d3 c Bc|B4 A2|G3 FEF|
G3 AG2|F3 GF2|E6|E6:|
e4 e2|g3 f e2|d6|B6|
A3 B c2|c3 B A2|B4 c2|d6|
e4 e2|g3 f e2|d6|B6|
A3 B c2|D2 E2 F2|G3 A GF|G6:|