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Theme Of The Month For July 2014: Odd Couples And Strange Pairings

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Dance bands in the UK and the US sometimes have a lot of fun with unlikely medleys - the trad tune put together with a bit from a rock classic , a French tune in the middle of an Irish set, a robust jig into the James Bond theme and so on.


What odd pairings have you played in the past - and what strange combinations have you always wanted to try but never quite had the nerve to do?


Making things more interesting, this month we’re doing the same theme on both concertina.net, where the TOTM forum is relatively new, and melodeon.net, which provided the idea and structure for the c.net version.


So we’ll get to hear interesting combinations of music on both concertinas and melodeons. How's that for cool?


Sound challenging and interesting? We think so, so have at it!

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Here's a bit of Morris silliness to start things off.

 

We only do this in pubs, in the winter, after we've done our annual Abbott's Bromley Horn Dance and after a fair number of pints have been consumed.

 

The silly bar dance is a make-up-your-own-verses Rabbits in Australia; at some point someone will sing "we do it with antlers," and I play the A part of the tune used in these parts for the ABHD.

 

Usually the dancers have had so much beer that it doesn't come out right, but so have the spectators, so nobody cares.

 

https://soundcloud.com/concertinist/morris-silliness-2mp3mp3

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Hmmm, this month's theme is starting to look like a solo project.

 

Here's a set The Squeezers have been working on for a while - the traditional Italian mazurka Tra Vegla e Sonno, and the wonderful John Kirkpatrick tune Dance of the Demon Daffodils.

 

As an ensemble, it hasn't come together, mostly because I've been messing it up. So I've been working on a solo version and doing a lot of recording and fixing problems. Consider this a work in progress; maybe before the end of the month we'll be able to post a group recording.

 

https://soundcloud.com/concertinist/traveglasetsolomp3

 

Played in Dm on a 30 button Lachenal/Dipper anglo.

 

As an aside: I have all John K's CDs, and last year bought his tunebook. This is a treasure trove for concertinists - so many great tunes, and none of them boring.

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I voted for Balkan Hills Schottische for TOTM but it didn't win. I learned it anyway(sort of) and paired it with Packington's

Pound and call the medley TOTM Winner and Loser for odd pairings. I had a hard time on the Balkan Hills using my air button

discretely and it sounds like someone gasping but I am working on that

 

Played on G/D 31 button Morse Anglo

 

http://youtu.be/-Gq_OMRZB70

Edited by Daria

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I voted for Balkan Hills Schottische for TOTM but it didn't win. I learned it anyway(sort of) and paired it with Packington's

Pound and call the medley TOTM Winner and Loser for odd pairings. I had a hard time on the Balkan Hills using my air button

discretely and it sounds like someone gasping but I am working on that

 

Played on G/D 31 button Morse Anglo

 

http://youtu.be/-Gq_OMRZB70

 

Hi Daria - cool pairing. But the video is set as "private," so we can't see it!

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OK, I changed it. Sorry. New to all this.

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OK, I changed it. Sorry. New to all this.

 

Nice! I'm betting you're finding the new Morse G/D a lot easier to play than the Stagi!

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Daria, very nice - and your making further progress is quite obvious!

 

Best wishes - Wolf

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Thanks so much for your encouragement Wolf! I appreciate it.

Daria

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I voted for Balkan Hills Schottische for TOTM but it didn't win. I learned it anyway(sort of) and paired it with Packington's

Pound and call the medley TOTM Winner and Loser for odd pairings.

 

Clever interpretation of the theme, nice playing, and very nice arrangement(s). :)

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Here's an unlikely couple, played as a duet on a Tedrow concertina in G/D, and a Castagnari Lilly melodeon in D/G. The tunes are:

Newcastle (Playford), and Camptown Races. I confess, I haven't figured out how to streamline the link on this forum as yet...any pointers welcome!

 

https://soundcloud.com/for-rest-1/newcastle-camptown-races

 

 

Hmmm.....maybe I did figure it out(?)

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Here's an unlikely couple, played as a duet on a Tedrow concertina in G/D, and a Castagnari Lilly melodeon in D/G. The tunes are:

Newcastle (Playford), and Camptown Races. I confess, I haven't figured out how to streamline the link on this forum as yet...any pointers welcome!

 

https://soundcloud.com/for-rest-1/newcastle-camptown-races

 

 

Hmmm.....maybe I did figure it out(?)

 

You did - and it's well worth following the link - I commented on your cloud...

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Very nice Robert! And the tune names? Recognize them but would like names:)

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Right Sqzbxr!

 

I didn't name them up front because I wanted people to have the surprise of not knowing what was coming next... Both songs about getting older and settling down. Not that I'm anywhere near that stage of life B).

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Here's an unlikely couple, played as a duet on a Tedrow concertina in G/D, and a Castagnari Lilly melodeon in D/G. The tunes are:

Newcastle (Playford), and Camptown Races. I confess, I haven't figured out how to streamline the link on this forum as yet...any pointers welcome!

 

https://soundcloud.com/for-rest-1/newcastle-camptown-races

 

 

Hmmm.....maybe I did figure it out(?)

 

I love it. Perfect, since this theme is appearing on both concertina.net and melodeon.net!

 

It's amazing how Stephen Foster tunes fit nicely in diverse medleys. I use Oh Susannah in a Northwest clog Morris medley!

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