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About Mikefule

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    Author of Bridge of Otherwhere, 2018, available on Kindle/Amazon. Dancer and occasional musician with Dolphin Morris Men of Nottingham, UK. I play Anglo concertina and harmonica and occasionally a bit of 1 row melodeon. My concertinas are a B flat/F Jeffries, a G/D Dipper and a G/D Marcus. I write a few simple tunes and also write songs for occasional performance at Morris events. Other hobbies include cross country unicycling, motorcycling (BMW F800S)and other outdoorsy stuff.
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  1. Mikefule

    Banks of the Dee

    Thank you. I enjoy playing what we call "the slows" — at least on some Morris tunes. They seem to fit he Anglo particularly nicely and sometimes offer more left hand options than the full speed A music.
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    Tune name ?

    This site has never let me down yet: https://www.folktunefinder.com
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    Concertina as dominatrix ??

    Also used to be "rum, bum and baccy".
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    Concertina as dominatrix ??

    I know a lot of folk musicians are into BDSM. Bodhrans, Dancing, Singing, and Melodeons.
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    Orange in Bloom

    One of 3 videos I've posted today: Orange in Bloom, a Sherborne Morris tune.
  6. Treble, baritone, and so on get their name from their range. A treble will comfortably play an octave higher than a baritone. There will be some overlap. The physical size of the instrument is irrelevant to whether it is treble or baritone.
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    The Whitehaven Volunteer

    Thank you. I'm fighting the habit of speeding up towards the end. I didn't do too badly in this one.
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    The Whitehaven Volunteer

    This tune is associated with a volunteer unit from Whitehaven in Cumbria. My Morris dance team, Dolphin Morris, uses it for a Fieldtown style stick dance that some sides call "Skirmish". We used to dance it to the tune British Grenadier, but one of our long standing members, John Baxter, once mentioned that he liked this tune and it fitted the dance. He has since sadly passed away, and now we use this tune almost exclusively for that dance, as a tribute to him. https://youtu.be/ukRJqL7NN54
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    Cambridge, England in October 2018

    http://www.cambridgemorrismen.org.uk/practices/ http://www.devilsdykemm.org.uk/ddhistory http://www.manormillmorris.org.uk http://www.englishfolkinfo.org.uk/regional.html#Eastern https://www.mardles.org/index.php/list-all-categories/19-whats-on Here's some starting points for your searches.
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    Nutting Girl

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    Popeye on 20 button anglo?

    All Anglos are 20 buttons plus a few others. That is, the core of all Anglos is the basic 20 buttons: 2 rows of 10 buttons, each row in a version of Richter tuning. Think of it as 2 harmonicas, a fifth apart, strapped together and operated by a bellows. A 30 button Anglo is those 20 buttons plus 10 more, and some of those 10 extras are the same notes in the opposite bellows direction. This may make fingering more convenient, and/or it may open up new harmonic possibilities, but if a note is a duplicate, that means that the actual note is already there somewhere in the standard 20b layout. I said "a version of" Richter tuning because there is some slight variation, mainly on the pull note on the first button (lowest) on the left hand on the inside (nearest) row. The G row on a C/G, for example. I own 3 Anglos and (adjusted for key) that note is different on each of them. Folk music and well known melodies often have no accidentals at all. Therefore you can play a lot of melodies along one row. 7 of the 8 notes are also available on the other row. So on a CG 20 button: On the C row you have C D E F G A B C etc. On the G row you have G A B C D E F# G etc. The only difference in available notes is F/F# So, if you play in C, you have one accidental available: F#. This is the most likely accidental you will need in folk music because a lot of tunes modulate up a fifth for a few bars. If you play in G, you have one accidental available: F (natural). This is possibly the 2nd most likely accidental you will need in folk music because some tunes modulate down a 4th for a few bars. Also, some folk tunes have A and B parts that are a 5th apart. This means that if you play to the keys of the instrument (C or G on a C/G box) rather than sticking to whatever key the tune is usually played in, you can play hundreds of tunes on a 20 b Anglo. The problem is playing with other musicians. In English folk sessions, most tunes are conventionally played in G or D because of the ubiquitous D/G melodeon. In other folk traditions, such as Irish, A and E are also common. This does not mean that the tunes must be played in those keys; it only means that they usually are. If you look at written arrangements for 30 b Anglo, you may find that they are written in, say, D to be played on a C/G box. These arrangements will usually require one or more accidentals from the extra row that you don't have on your 20b. However, it will often be possible to pick up the tunes by ear and fit them to the 20 b. It's a question of how you approach it. Some tunes will fit better in one key and some in the other. (All the way through this, I have assumed a major key. Of course in folk music, many tunes are in related modes. For example, it is common for a tune "on the C row" to start and finish on D. Look up modes if you don't already know about this.) Some good starting tunes for getting confident on a 20 button include: Oh Susannah, When the Saints, Donkey Riding, British Grenadier, Waltzing Matilda, Red River Valley, English Country Gardens. You probably know many of these well enough to whistle or hum so you should be able to find them on the Anglo. Experiment with different fingerings rather than just playing along the rows. Crossing the rows may make fingering easier, and it may allow different harmonies. There's a lot you can do on 20 b if you think of it as an instrument in its own right, rather than "just a 20 b". Here's an example of quite a complex harmonic arrangement in G on a 20 b C/G: Here's an example of a tune played "just as a tune" in C on a C/G.