September's TOTM - Jody Kruskal's wonderful Hop and Skip - produced some excellent recordings. But we need more participation to make this experiment work! I know recording a new tune can be intimidating, but the process really is an excellent way to hone our concertina skills. Don't be shy!
With that in mind, here are four cracking good tunes for your October TOTM consideration.
I'm not sure where this came from; over on The Session, several posters way it was written by Roger Wilson.
The Session has posted a two part version, but I really like the 48 bar version recorded by Eliza Carthy and Saul Rose (and yes, I have the dots for it). This is a hard driving jig that would liven up any ceilidh.
I believe this is Catalan in origin. My band The Squeezers performed it at a big folk festival in June. If it's chosen as the October TOTM and you're ambitious, you can get together with other players - or multitrack it - and play it in parts (I have notation for that, too).
Only one recording I could find, but it's an excellent one:
The Girl I Left Behind Me:
At the last rehearsal of my band Frog Hammer, our resident Englishman brought in a new Welsh tune. Imagine my surprise when he played this staple of American oldtime music - and a U.S. army marching tune since the War of 1812. If you've ever seen a John Ford Western, it's a cinch you've heard The Girl I Left Behind Me. Wikipedia says it first appeared in Dublin, but it also appears in Welsh tune collections.
Making matters more interesting: I first learned it as the English tune Brighton Camp, a common tune in Northwest clog Morris medleys.
Here are a few samples:
And this one, an interesting and really fun bluegrass variant:
I could only find one example on YouTube of this really cool Irish jig; if you want to hear why it grabbed me and why I put it on my "must learn" list, buy a copy of John Williams' superb CD Steam. You can read a little about the tune and its origins on The Session.
So vote, and, more importantly, make a commitment to learn the winning tune and record it. It's fun and instructive, I promise.
Edited by Jim Besser, 25 September 2013 - 09:39 AM.