October’s Xotis Romanes produced some truly stellar recordings and a lot of discussion. It was a deceptively tricky tune - easy to get the basic melody, not so easy to actually make it sound good. A resounding well done to those who learned and recorded the tune.
In response to several suggestions, I’m offering a couple of really easy tunes in the November poll, as well as a few that are a little more challenging. Be sure to vote, and then to participate. We have some great players making TOTM recordings, but this isn't a competition; it's a chance for all of us to learn, to get feedback on our playing and to have fun. Don't be shy!
Remember: if you click on the poll to see the results before you have voted, the system records this as a "null" vote, and you can't vote later. That accounts for the discrepancy between the "X members have voted" and the totals for the tune choices.
One more thing: on Nov. 1 look for a new TOTM feature - the Theme of the Month, a second opportunity to record and share a tune.
Haste to the Wedding: Could this be the most common Irish jig at beginners’ sessions? I know it was about 20 years ago. But “common” doesn’t equal “boring”; you can really drive this tune. Watch it here (sorry about the bad feedback) , here and here.
Bonus points for anybody who digs up and record the Morris dance version of this tune.
Graemsay Jig: I just stumbled on this cool jig the other day, while wandering through Spotify - on a CD by an English ceilidh band from the 80s. It’s a Shetland tune, written by a lighthouse keeper.
This is the only version I could find on YouTube - it's the second tune in the set.
You can learn a little more about this fine tune over at The Session. (Broken link fixed)
Mr. Moore’s Hornpipe: One of my favorite English hornpipes. I first heard it played for a Border Morris dance side, doing the beautiful dance “Lorenz’s Butterfly,” and I was really taken with our own Brian Peters’ version, although he’s playing it on melodeon.
Here’s Brian’s version.
And here’s the dance, if you’re interested:
Golden Slippers: One of these days an oldtime tune from the American repertoire will win the TOTM poll. Oldtime tunes can be great fun on concertina, with lots of room for making them your own.
This one’s dead simple, but simple doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of fun to play.I’ve played it at many a dance, and sometimes it really takes off.
Here’s a nice oldtimey version, with vocals. What do you think this guy is playing? No, it's not a concertina, but it gives a hint of what this tune would sound like played on one.
Edited by Jim Besser, 26 October 2013 - 07:59 PM.