Since I'll be away at a Morris ale, with uncertain connectivity, I'm posting this early. So you have lots of time to ponder which tune you'd most like to work on in June!
France: Last Chance Bourree
How about a nice bourree to start our June poll? The Last Chance Bouree (originally Il n'est plus temps) by Michel Pichon should work well on all concertina systems. It’s easy and loads of fun to play.
The Blowzabella version is great, of course.
Or how about this one?
And on melodeon, with percussion track.
Welsh: Cefn-Coed Polka:
The more of them I hear, the more I like Welsh tunes. At a session the other night, we played a bunch of Welsh polkas I never heard before. I promptly forgot all of them, but in my futile effort to find them I came across this one . Nice, huh?
Note that there are different versions of this tune. Here’s the great Brian Peters playing a different one that I like just as much. If this tune gets chosen, play the version you like the most - or play both!
German: Vedder Michel
It's a TOTM first: a tune from Germany, a sprightly Rheinländer from the north of the country. I heard it for the first time yesterday and can’t get it out of my head. Here's a sample. And another, sung version.
English: Orange in Bloom
We haven’t had a Morris dance tune in a TOTM poll for a while, so here’s one of my all-time favorites. Most renditions of Orange in Bloom on YouTube are the punchy Morris version - which I played for years and still love. But this is also a gorgeous tune when played smoother and more expressively.
Here’s a distinctly non-Morris arrangement on harp and guitar (the second tune in the set).
Here’s how it’s played for Morris, complete with the change to 4/4 for the last two choruses, done by English concertinist Jan Elliot, one of the best Morris musicians anywhere.
A lot of people also play this as a waltz - the Sherborne Waltz - and a fine waltz it is. Here’s Anahata doing both - the jig version for Morris and the Sherborne Waltz.
Edited by Jim Besser, 21 May 2015 - 05:43 AM.