It's that time again - time to vote on the tune you want to learn, record and post next month.
Scottish: Coilsfield House
Thanks to Daria for suggesting this wonderful Scottish air composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831).
Here's a nice version on English concertina,
harp guitar and bass. (thanks for the correction, Jim L, I got it it confused with a different version.)
If you have his Traditional Music from Clare and Beyond CD, there's a wonderful version by Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin played in D - low - on a G/D Anglo.
Here's a discussion about the tune on thesession.org.
Quebecois: Reel St. Joseph
How about a perky French Canadian reel?
This is a cracking good one that has entered the contra dance repertoire, in part because of the playing of Jody Kruskal and his band Grand Picnic, which recorded the tune many years ago (I think I still have the cassette, replaced by a CD).
Here’s an easy to follow fiddle version, and one on flatpicked guitar.
And one at contra dance speed with some nice variations and fiddle harmonies.
American Oldtime: Chinese Breakdown
Here’s a really easy and fun American oldtime fiddle tune that sometimes shows up in English ceilidhs and even the occasional Irish session. Somewhere in the chaos of my iPod is a version by the great English ceilidh/jazz band Steamchicken.
Some accounts say it's Appalachian in origin, others that it comes from New England. Or maybe Canada. Isn’t folk music confusing?
A little different oldtime take here.
And from what appears to my untutored eye to be a Scandinavian square dance.
And another regional variation.
Read about it here.
French: La Marianne
Finally, here's a simple, very pretty French waltz written by Frederic Paris.
This was the melodeon.net Tune of the Month in January, 2011, and there are lots of good examples in this thread.
Here's a clean version by the everpresent Anahata with variations that should give you a good idea what you can do with this very pretty tune.
Lo and behold, here's a version on Anglo concertina.
And OMG, here are my friends Bill and Sarah having a 'don't try this at home' moment with the tune.
Edited by Jim Besser, 26 October 2015 - 04:32 PM.