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James Fitton

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  1. Possibly a baritone English? I play tenor-trebles, and that looks a good deal bigger than either of mine. Whatever it is, it has a wonderful tone, and that's a great performance too.
  2. Two English concertinas, playing a reel. The Floating Light as a pub, high on the moors between Manchester and Huddersfield, is long gone. The legend of the mysterious floating light in that area however remains.
  3. Lovely, Simon, thank you. It sounded almost like the start of a fugue - I imagined bass lines coming in echoing the theme you'd established...
  4. That's lovely Jim. If it is indeed an ancestor of Old Tom of Oxford, it's been developed quite a lot along the way! I wouldn't have connected the two, I don't think, if you hadn't mentioned it.
  5. Isn't the folk process interesting! I grew up in Manchester, England, in the 70s and 80s, and this is pretty much word-for-word and note-for-note the version I know. Also a fair few more ribald adaptions, but this version sounds "canonical" to my ears (not that that really means much in this context.) Anyway, nicely done and thanks for posting!
  6. Thanks Simon - I think the sound of free reeds sort of lends itself to music like this, given the options of both long drones and shorter more percussive sounds. I had a lot of fun writing it, and may well play about a bit more with the idea of a quartet. Why should string players have all the fun!
  7. That's lovely, Howard, thanks for sharing this too!
  8. Excellent, lovely tight fit between music and dancing. Good stuff here.
  9. So what might a squeezebox quartet look like? Perhaps two concertinas, a melodeon, and an accordion. Perhaps sounding something like this:
  10. Ian Dury acknowledged this line was borrowed from Old Joe Clark, although (correctly) pointed out that that opening riff had already been borrowed by lots of others too. One of those phrases which is very firmly in the public domain now. And nicely played too, anyway, thank you!
  11. I like that Simon - sweet and interesting harmonies, and the whole thing flows along very well. A neighbour of mine has a Green Man let into the bricks above his front door lintel, and I always like to spot him in passing. I've never heard him called "The pleased boy of the woods" though, alongside his many other names. Is this a name of your own invention?
  12. That's really lovely. Thanks for posting!
  13. Here's a concertina and accordion piece. I've done a lot of multi-tracking here, aiming for a fairground organ sort of effect. If anyone here knows the carousel in Ray Bradbury's wonderful "Something wicked this way comes" I imagine something like this could be playing there.... Stream Queuing For Coral by James Fitton | Listen online for free on SoundCloud Stream James Fitton music | Listen to songs, albums, playlists for free on SoundCloud The Earthquakers – Ceilidh Band
  14. That's lovely Geoff, thanks for posting. I particularly enjoyed the last piece, with a sound and arrangement reminiscent of an early reed organ. Very good to listen to!
  15. Stream Worthy Foxes by James Fitton | Listen online for free on SoundCloud Here are a pair of English concertinas, playing a slow waltz together. The tune was written in Worthing, Sussex, England. For a little while there was some graffiti at the railway station there which read simply "Foxes know". What they knew went unexplained, although it sounded oddly menacing. It was going to be called the Worthing Foxes, but it ended up with a name with the menace removed. And foxes are surely worthy of something.....
  16. That's lovely Massimo, many thanks for posting.
  17. Supplementary: Are you by any chance, the same James Fitton who composed 'Rainbow Jigs'? Edited Friday at 05:31 PM by lachenal74693 Yes, that was me Lachenal. There's another James Fitton (vastly more renowned than me) who's a painter, and likewise from Oldham. History doesn't record if he also played the concertina
  18. Lovely stuff, thanks for posting. This is such a poignant song, defiantly trying to be cheerful about a life which was mostly hard, brutish and short. Such worlds in so few words, that's the beauty of these old songs...
  19. Thanks Simon. I'm primarily a dance musician, so my compositions do tend to veer towards dancey-sounding! I've listened to several of your postings too, which I like a lot, in a very different sort of way. Lots of atmosphere and texture, really interesting stuff. Anyway, if I'd made somebody bounce, I'm very happy!
  20. None taken Malcolm, and thanks for the kind comments, much appreciated. The tune was named after the place it was written, and the connection you've spotted never occurred to me! I'll keep the name, although the Yakkity Sax connection will always be there, I suspect, from now on. Having said that, I do agree that YS has great potential as a hornpipe. Definitely worth a try sometime......
  21. Stream Berry Hill by James Fitton | Listen online for free on SoundCloud Here's a little 48-bar hornpipe I've put together. Never wash your windows with a hard-boiled egg, and all that....
  22. Resurrecting this old thread, as I've recently had a go at recording my Rainbow jigs, as posted in abc above. They're intended as a sort of illustrative set of tunes, of the way modes can typically sound. But other people have of course interpreted them in countless different ways, so just a specific contribution to the debate... Stream Rainbow Jigs by James Fitton | Listen online for free on SoundCloud
  23. Hello all, I've been a member here for a while, but this is a first-time post. I'm relatively new (compared to other instruments) to the concertina world. I'm a long-standing melodeon and accordion player, and thought the transition to Anglo would be straightforward. It really wasn't! Oddly too similar, and too many crossed wires in my head. So, after a couple of failed attempts, I've since moved to English concertina, with much more success, I hope. By way of introduction, here's a tune I wrote to accompany myself on accordion, with the lead on concertina. It's a tenor-treble Wakker, and very nice too....
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