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About Tradman

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  • Birthday 10/19/1953

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    American and European ballads and songs, Eastern European, Balkan, Scandinavian, British, American Old-Timey, Caribbean, African, Traditional folk from all over<br />Instruments: English concertina, Appalachian dulcimer, Bulgarian gaida, pennywhistle, ocarina, guitar, etc.
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  1. Tradman

    New Swedish Tune From Mark Gilston

    Here's a couple of tunes from Stabi and Hjorth: https://youtu.be/jdNtYVXwmF8 and https://youtu.be/4ceOgfM3udM
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    New Swedish Tune From Mark Gilston

    Thanks Ceemonster. I have a whole bunch of these tunes on YouTube. Here's the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15BK_rnevvM&list=PLA6DA50B68BE3813D
  3. Here's a wedding march from Leksands (Dalarna) which I've become very fond of. https://youtu.be/15BK_rnevvM Enjoy, Mark Gilston https://www.markgilston.com/
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    Mark Gilston Sings With Concertina

    Here's another song I learned a long time ago. It's a fine old ballad from the Adirondack Mountains of New York. https://youtu.be/MCPBNxTX2Y8 Enjoy, Mark Gilston
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    Mark Gilston Sings With Concertina

    I've been doing a "Folklore Series" of songs I learned from oral tradition in my childhood. Most of them I sing unaccompanied as I learned them, but some of them I've incorporated into my performances, and those I accompany with dulcimer, guitar or concertina. Here is Lather and Shave, a song I've performed with concertina since the mid 1970's, If you want to skip the intro and get right to the song, it begins at 45 seconds into the video. https://youtu.be/weXBNWN59A8 Enjoy, Mark Gilston
  6. It's been quite a while since I posted a video with concertina. Here's a fine amusing old song with oom-pah accompaniment: https://youtu.be/OjocrYugDrU Enjoy, Mark Gilston https://www.markgilston.com
  7. Yes. It's the same town. Though you have to be careful with names like Waltz from Boda since there are many. The emphasis may appear to be on the second beat, but it isn't. Almost all Swedish polskas have main emphasis on the first beat and minor emphasis on the third, but that first beat may not even be played, so it gets very difficult for an unattuned listener to grasp what's going on. The lengths of the beat and the bow strokes are what varies, so with a non-bowed instrument, one has to adjust as best one can. In bodapolska, the emphasis is still on the first beat, but since it is shortened, it can sound like the second is getting emphasized. It's all much clearer if there is a bass player, but if you ever watch a Swedish musician, look at their feet. The tapping will tell the whole story. Ah. Same town as the namesake of Waltz from Boda? So one difference is that in a bodapolska, the emphasis is on the second beat, in a hambo on the first. Right?
  8. Boda is a town in Dalarna (the so called folkloric region of Sweden). A bodapolska is a particular couple dance from that town and the surrounding region. It is characterized by a short first beat and a sweeping second beat where the woman is sort of suspended briefly in the air. There are lots of examples on YouTube. Here's a nice one with a strong rhythm, and where you can see the women's movement quite clearly: http://youtu.be/Cx1qx288lZI
  9. Here's my recording of Trollspolska. I play it as a bodapolska which is the traditional way it's played and danced in Sweden. The hambo version seems to have come out of New England and from there crossed back to Sweden. 10 - Trollpolska.mp3 Here's a YouTube video of me playing a Swedish hambo: http://youtu.be/ps9OmV21hIE
  10. In Sweden, Trollspolska is normally played as a Bodapolska which is not a regular 3/4 rhythm. The first beat is shortened and the second beat has a bit of a swoop to it. Occassionally it may be played as a hambo which has a very pronounced and very slightly elongated first beat, but it is best known as a Bodapolska. The rhythm is never even, however, which is the danger of trying to learn these ethnic tunes from sheet music.
  11. It's on my CD "Troll Road" played as a duet with each concertina track duplicating one of the fiddle parts. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gilston4
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    My CD "Troll Road" has lot of polskas played on English concertina and English concertina / fiddle duets. There are lots of samples at the web site. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gilston4
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    Mark Gilston on YouTube

    Many thanks There's also quite a lot of concertina on "At Your Request"
  14. Great to find another player who specializes in Scandi tunes. To bad we're an ocean apart.

    Mark Gilston

    I've got a list of my Scandi concertina videos with links on the lower left of this page: http://www.markgilston.com/content/videos.html

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    Mark Gilston on YouTube

    Hello all. After a long stretch of mountain dulcimer postings, I've posted a new video with concertina. It's my favorite Christmas carol, so Merry Christmas to one and all: Enjoy, Mark Gilston http://www.markgilston.com/