For me, July and August, when real life slows down, has always been a great time to learn new tunes. Here are a few possibilities for the July Tune of the Month; I hope there's one that will help make your summer more enjoyable.
English: Bending the Ferret
How about a fun English jig? At least I think it's English; I know it's played at some English tunes sessions.
We played Bending the Ferret, written by Doug Eunson, at a jam at the Midwest Morris Ale in Chicago last month, and everybody really enjoyed it. It’s easy, and has a great bounce to it.
Here’s our own Robin Harrison playing it on a gorgeous Dipper Anglo.
And here it is is played for Cold Barn Morris by the gent I learned it from, accordionist Tom Elmer (and the amazing Jeff Burke on bassoon.)
Swedish: Karis Pers Polska
I don’t know much Scandinavian music, but I’ve had occasion to play this cheerful polska for dancers doing the hambo, and always found it lots of fun.
Here it is as played for dancers doing a hambo.
And here, without dancers.
One more, with two accordions and drums.
Klezmer: Shloymele, Malkele
Well, maybe not klezmer, technically, but close - a nice little song from the Yiddish stage. More specifically, from the musical Dos Galitsiyaner Rebele (The Little Galician Rabbi), written by Joseph Rumshinsky (music) and Isadore Lillian (lyrics).
One of few instrumental versions I found has a strong Klezmer flavor.
And what about this version - starting with the left hand on a button accordion, right on a piano keyboard. Later on, he comes to his senses and plays a very nice version with just a single instrument.
YouTube has many sung versions; here are just a few:
It makes for a lovely and easy to play waltz!
American: American Patrol
A tune popularized by swing band icon Glenn Miller, American Patrol was actually written in 1885 as a march by F.W. Meacham.
Oddly enough, I’ve played it for English ceilidh dances. Go figure.
Here’s the classic Miller version, with a heavy dose of swing.
On a player piano roll (!)
An odd choice for concertinists? Maybe, but take it from me, it's a fun tune!
That's it for July. As always, your suggestions for TOTM candidates are really appreciated; PM me or post in the thread.
Edited by Jim Besser, 23 June 2015 - 02:36 PM.