I know it's tough to focus on new tunes when the weather is sultry and the beach beckons, but we have a job to do, and so here are some cool choices for the August Tune of the Month.
As an experiment, I've enabled multiple choices in voting. Pick your top two and let's see if that makes the poll more interesting!
I'll post dots when we have a winner.
Remember, if you hit "view results (null vote), the system will recognize this as an abstention, and you won't be able to vote. So be sure to make your choices before viewing results.
Over the Waterfall
First for your consideration, a classic oldtime American fiddle tune, no doubt with antecedents the British isles. Played at dance speed, it has a great pulse to it. I've also heard it played slow and sweet. On this side of the pond, it's a staple at square and contra dances, and in the Appalachian Mountains near me you'll often see cloggers dancing to it. There's a lot you can do with this tune, trust me!
This tune always sounds good on banjos and fiddles: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=7RRjs5v7dGE
Lest you think it's only American oldtime bands that play this, take a listen to Anahata's nice melodeon version: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ge74xUqClQY
Old Molly Oxford
I have been remiss in not offering Morris tunes in these TOTM polls, so here's one of my favorites – one that I rarely get to play. Play it like you'd play for guys and gals with hankies and bells - or give it your own interpretation.
Here's our own Peter T playing this great tune.
And another c.netter has recorded this lovely version with a very different feel to it: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=3J5F6zalCyk
And Anahata once again: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=A8alhcFYFPM
An absolutely gorgeous tune by melodeonist extraordinaire Andy Cutting, composer of so many fantastic tunes, and offered here with his kind permission.
Here's a pretty version with two melodeons. http://www.youtube.c...h?v=wlIt-DZqfh4
And another: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=B1ytDwuTkeI
The Wonder Hornpipe
In response to several requests, it's back up for your consideration.
I first heard Jody Kruskal play this for a bunch of sword dancers and was immediately captivated. It's the catchy B part that really makes it. Apparently it's an English tune but it's found its way into some Irish sessions.
On melodeon and guitar: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=W-PMzeNssIk
That's it. Take a listen, search your music libraries for more versions and vote!
Edited by Jim Besser, 24 July 2013 - 10:47 PM.