Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Tune 400 - Sans Day Carol




A 19th century Cornish carol.

X:400
T:Sans Day Carol
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:G
G>B|d2 d2 d>c|B2 G2 B2|c2 A2 F2|G4 GB|
d2 d2 dc|B2 G2 B2|c2 A2 F2|G4 GB|d2 d2 ef|
g2 d2 d2|d2 d2 ef|g4 GB|
d2 d2 dc|B2 G2 B2|c2 A2 F2|G4 A2|
A4 A2|B4 GB|d2 d2 dc|B2 G2 B2|c2 A2 F2|G6|]

Monday, 22 December 2014

Tune 399 - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear



A carol from 1849 with a tune by Arthur Sullivan.

X:399
T:It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
K:G
L:1/8
M:C
GA|B2 A2 G2 AB|c2 B2 A2 d2|d2 B2 cd e2|d6 Bc|
d2 d2 B2 G2|c2 B2 A2 GA|Bc d2 B2 A2|G6||

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tune 398 - Jingle Bells




An American Christmas song written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857.

X:272
T:Jingle Bells
C:J. Pierpont
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:G
DB AG|D3 D/D/|DB AG|E4|
Ec BA|F4|dd cA|B4|
DB AG|D3 D/D/|DB AG|E4|
Ec BA|dd dd|ed cA|G2 d2||
|:BB B2|BB B2|Bd G>A|B4|
cc c>c|cB B B/B/|1BA AB|A2 d2:||2 dd cA|G4||

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tune 397 - Joy to the World



A Christmas Carol from 1719, words by Isaac Watts and the tune based on a piece by Handel.

Played on a Wheatstone Aeola Single Action Bass, thus it only plays on the push and has large flap valves to refill the bellows on the pull. The concertina is painted gold as it was originally used by the The Fayre Four Sisters a 1920s/30s music hall concertina band.

X:397
T:Joy to the World
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:G
g2 f>e|d3 c|B2 A2|G3 d|e3 e|f3 f|
g4-|g3 g|gf ed|d>c Bg|gf ed|d>c BB|
BB BB/c/|d3 c/B/|AA AA/B/|c3 B/A/|
G g2 e|d>c Bc|B2 A2|G4||

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Tune 396 - Mon Habit n'a qu'un Bouton




A French bouree in E minor.

X:365
T:Mon Habit n'a qu'un Bouton
L:1/8
M:2/4
K:Em
E>F GA|BB -B/A/B/^c/|d>^c BA|BB/A/ GF|
E>F GA|BB -B/A/B/^c/|d>^c BA|B4:||
c>B AG|F>G Ac|B>A GF|E>F GB|
c>B AG|F>G Ac|1BA GA|B4:|2B>A GF|E4|

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Tune 395 - Egan's Polka




An Irish polka.

X:150
T:Egan's Polka
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:D
fA/A/ BA|fA/A/ BA|d2 e>f|ed BA|
fA/A/ BA|fA/A/ BA|d2 e>f|ed d>e:|
fa fe|ed BA|d2 e>f|ed BA|
fa fe|ed BA|d2 e>f|ed d>e:|

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Tune 394 - South Downs Jig



A nice jig written by the late Jim Harding of Lewes in Sussex.

X: 11
T:South Downs Jig
C:Jim Harding
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
d|dcA G3|EFG AFE|DEF GAB|cde d2 d|
dcA G3|EFG AFE|DEF GAB|cAF G2:||
B|Bcd e2 c|d2 B c2 A|Bcd e2 c|[M:9/8]d2 B c2 B A3|
[M:6/8]DGF E3|cBA FED|DEF GAB|cAF G2:|

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tune 393 - Herbert Smith's Four Hand Reel



A tune from Herbert Ernest Smith who was born in Blakeney on 8th September, 1892, into a large family of blacksmiths.

X:393
T:Herbert Smiths' Four Hand Reel
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
g2 f2 e2 d2|c2 B2 A2 G2|GABc d2 B2|B2 A2 A2 d2|
g2 f2 e2 d2|c2 B2 A2 G2|GABc d2 b2|a2 g2 a2 g2| [M:2/4][L:1/8] g4 :|
M:4/4
b2 bb b2 b2|c'bag a4|b2 bb b2 b2|agfe d4|
b2 bb b2 b2|c'bag a4|b2 c'b a2 ba|g4 g4:

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tune 392 - Wind the Bobbin Up




A nursery rhyme tune that I got from a session in Whitby.

X:10
T:Wind the Bobbin Up
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
Bc|d2 de dBGB|d2 de dBGB|c2 Ac B2 GB|AGFG ABce|
d2 de dBGB|d2 de dBGB|c2 Ac B2 GB|AGFA G2:||
z2|A2 AF D2 D2|GABc d2 B2|c2 Ac B2 G2|AGFG A4|
A2 AF D2 D2|GABc d2 B2|c2 Ac B2 G2|A2 F2 G2:||

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Tune 391 - Tom Tulley's Hornpipe




AKA Tom Tolly's Hornpipe, Tom Fowler's Hornpipe (with an abbreviated B Music), it appears in the 19th century manuscripts of English musicians Rev. Robert Harrison (Brampton, Cumbria, 1820) and James Winder (Wyresdale, Lancashire, 1835-41).

X:391
T:Tom Tulley's Hornpipe
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
Bc|dcBA Ggfg|e4 d4|cdcB ABAG|F4 E4|
DEFG A2 B2|c2 de d2 c2|BAGA D2 F2|G4 G2:||
d2|g2 bg e2 ag|f4 d4|g2 bg e2 ag|f4 d2 ef|
gddd gddd|gdgd gddd|g3 f edcB|ABAG F3 E|
DEFG A2 B2|c2 de d2 c2|BAGA D2F2|G4 G2:||

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Tune 390 - Buttered Peas



Probably a Welsh tune originally called Pwt Ar Y Bys (a bit on the finger) but now found in many places.

X:390
T:Buttered Peas
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
B2 d2 d2 cB|c2 e2 e4|B2 d2 d2 cB|c2 A2 A4|
B2 d2 d2 cB|c2 e2 e4|B2 d2 A2 c2|B2 G2 G4:|
B2 d2 d2 ef|gfga g4|B2 d2 d2 cB|c2 A2 A4|
B2 d2 d2 ef|gfga g4|B2 d2 A2 c2|B2 G2 G4:|

Monday, 15 September 2014

Tune 389 - Woodland Flowers



A tune composed by Felix Burns (1864 – 1920). It is also known as Shit Cart Polka or Mrs Kenny's Barndance (as stolen by the Irish :) )

X:631
T:Woodland Flowers
C:Felix Burns
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
DGB A2G|DGB A2G|E2C E2G|c6|
d2B c2A|B2G E2F|G2B AGE|D6|
DGB A2G|DGB A2G|E2C E2G|c6|
d2B c2A|B2G E2F|G2D BdB|G6||
BAG D2D|BAG D2D|cBA E2E|cBA E2E|
F2G F2E|D2c B2A|G2A BAG|D6|
BAG D2D|BAG D2D|cBA E2E|cBA E2E|
F2G F2E|D2c B2A|G2D BdB|G6||

Friday, 12 September 2014

Tune 388 - Cumberland Waltz




This waltz seems to have got into the English repertory from the early 1950s recording by Robert Forrester (moothie) & Norman Alford (whistle) subsequently issued on the Veteran CD 'Pass the Jug Around'. However, the same tune was later recorded by the Scots moothie player Donald Black on his CD 'Keil Road' under the title 'Waltz Quadrille'. In the sleeve notes for the latter, Black states that the tune was first recorded in Canada in the 1930s by George Wade & His Cornhuskers, a band whose repertory included old-time, Scots and Irish tunes. So FWIW maybe it's originally Scots, maybe originally Canadian.

Thanks to Steve Harrison for the above info.

X:388
T:Cumberland Waltz
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:G
dd|G2 B2 dd|G2 B2 dd|G2 B2 d2|b4 c'2|
b2 a2 g2|d4 e2|d2 B2 G2|A4dd|
G2 B2 dd|G2 B2 dd|G2 B2 d2|b4 c'2| 
b2 a2 g2|d4 dd|d2 f2 a2|g4||
d2|b4 g2|a4 g2|ff f2 e2|c4 d2| 
ee e2 d2|ee e2 d2|efe2 d2|B2d2 d2|
b4 g2|a4 g2|ff f2 e2|c4 d2|
ee e2 d2|ee e2 d2|d2 f2 a2|g4||

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tune 387 - Will Atkinson's Schottische





A few tunes now as a result of my visit to the Whitby Folk Week.

A schottische by Will Atkinson the border shepherd and mouth-organ player extraordinaire.

X:387 T:Willy Atkinson's Schottische M:4/4 L:1/8 K:G D>G|B2 B2 B<d-dB|c>Bc>d e2 f>e|d>gf>e d>cB>A|G>AB>G D2 G>A| B2 B2 B<d-dB|c>Bc>d e2 f>e|d>gf>e d>cB>A|G2 G2 G2:| d>B|c<A F2 F2 e>c|d<B G2 G2 g2|f2 A>B c2 e2|d>BG>A B2 d>B| c<A F2 F2 e>c|d<B G2 G2 g2|f2 A>B c>de>f|g2 g2 g2:| D>G|B2 B2 B2 A>G|F>EF>G A2 A>B|c2 c2 c2 B>A|G>FG>A B>GD>G| B2 B2 B2 A>G|F>EF>G A2 A>B|c2 c2 c2 B>A|G2 G2 G2:|

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Tune 386 - Flowers of Edinburgh - Bampton



A morris dance tune from Bampton in Oxfordshire.

X:169
T:Flowers of Edinburgh
M:2/2
L:1/8
K:G
DEFD G2 A2|B2 B2 BdcB|AGFG EFGA|B2 E2 E2 GE|
DEFD G2 A2|B2 B2 Bgge|dcBA GFGA|B2 G2 G4:||
g6 ag|f6 af|e2 e2 efge|B2 e2 efge|

dBGB d2 d2|e2 e2 efge|dcBA GFGA|B2 G2 G4:||

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Tune 385 - Bromsgrove




A tune by Martyn Roper that I got from the playing/video by John Leslie.

X:85
T:Bromsgrove
C:Martyn Roper
K:Em
M:4/4
|:E2 EF G2 E2 | FEFG A2 F2 | E2 EF G2 d2 | B8 |
c2 cB A2 c2 | BcBA G2 E2 | F2 FEDE FD | E8 :|| 
|:B2 Bc d2 B2 | cBcd e2 c2 | B2 Bc d2 B2 | A3 g fedc |

B2 Bc d2 B2 | cBcd e2 c2 
|1 d2 g2 fgaf | g4 g4 :|2 B2 G2 AGFA | G4 G4 ||

Monday, 30 June 2014

Tune 384 - Sussex Waltz




From the early c19th Welch manuscript from Bosham in Sussex.

X:384 T:Sussex Waltz M: 3/4 L: 1/8 K: G d2 d2 cA|B3A G2|FG A2 F2|GA B2 c2| d2 d2 cA|B3A G2|FG A2 F2|1 G2 A2 B2:|2 G2 B2 G2|| FG A2 F2|GA B2 G2|AB c2 e2|d2 Bd cA| B3d cA|B3A G2|FG A2 F2|1 G2 B2 G2:|2 G6||

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Tune 383 - Willy Taylor's High Tea



This was written by concertina player Michelle Soinne in honour of a magnificent tea she was given by Northumbrian fiddler Willie Taylor.

X:615
T:Willy Taylor's High Tea
C:Michelle Soinne
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
GA|B2 Bc BAGA|B2 d2 e4|d2 g2 B2 d2|cBAG A2 GA|
B2 Bc BAGA|B2 d2 e4|d2 g2 B2 G2|A4 G2:|
gf|e2 dc BAGA|B2 d2 e4|d2 g2 B2 d2|cBAG A2 gf|
e2 dc BAGA|B2 d2 e4|d2 g2 B2 G2|A4 G2 gf|
e2 dc BAGA|B2 d2 e4|d2 g2 B2 d2|cBAG A2 GA|
B2 Bc BAGA|B2 d2 e4|d2 g2 B2 G2|A4 G2|

Monday, 12 May 2014

Tune 382 - Market Rasen Quick Step




A tune from Joshua Gibbons of Lincolnshire.

X:342
T:Market Rasen Quickstep
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
D2|G2 GA G2 B2|d4 B2 G2|A2 Ac B2 Bd|A2 A4 D2|
G2 GA G2 B2|d4 B2 G2|A2 AG A2 B2|G4 G2:|
d2|e2 ed e2 g2|d4 B2 G2|A2 Ac B2 Bd|A2 A4 d2|
e2 ed e2 g2|d4 B2 G2|A2 AG A2 B2|G4 G2:|

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Tune 381 - Branle du Rat





A traditional dance tune from South West France.

X:381
T:Branle de Rat
K:G
M:4/4
L:1/8
B2 B2 B2 AB|c2 B2 A4|A2 A2 A2 GA|G2 A2 B2 G2|
B2 B2 B2 AB|c2 B2 A4|d2 d2 d2 cc|B2 A2 G4||
[M:6/8]B2 G B2 G|DEF E2 D|B2 G B2 G|DEF G3:|

Tune 380 - Cunnamulla Stockman's Jig




Got this from a rendition by my chum Pikey.It is a Australian tune. It's played on a £14 child's melodeon from Hawkin's Bazaar.

X:380
T:Cunamulla Stockmans Jig
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:D
dcB A2 F|GFE FGA|dcB A2 F|GFE D3:||
E2 E E2 F|GAG F2 D|E2 E E2 F|GFE D3:||

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Tune 379 - Heel and Toe Polka




I heard this played at the excellent Saturday Folk Club in Lewes recently and liked it.

X:1
T:Heel and Toe Polka
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
B2 B2 AG G2|FGAB d^c =c2|c2 c2 BA A2|GFEF ED D2|
B2 B2 AG G2|FGAB d^c =c2|c2 c2 BA A2|GFEF G2 G2||
[K:Em]BEBE BE E2|GE E/F/G/E/ FB, B,2|BEBE BE E2|GGFG/F/ E2 E2|
BEBE BE E2|GE E/F/G/E/ FB, B,2|BEBE BE E2|GGFG/F/ E2 E2||
[K:G]D2 GA B2 B>c|dBGA B2 B>d|cc A>c BB G>B|AEFG AFED|
D2 GA B2 B>c|dBGA B2 B>d|cc A>c BB G>B|AEFD G2 G2||

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tune 378 - Auvergne Mazurka



A mazurka from the Auvergne. It is played with (hopefully) a mazurka rhythm in the A part and a waltz rhythm in the B part as it is danced in the Auvergne.

I have played this previously under a different name and in a different style - Lumpy Custard.


X:325
T:Auvergne Mazurka
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:D
A2 dc d2|A2 fe f2|gf ed cd|ed cB A2|
A2 dc d2|A2 fe f2|gf ed ce|1 e2 d2 z2:|2 e2 d2 fg||
a2 ab ag|f2 d2 ef|g2 ga gf|e4 fg|a2 ab ag|f2 d2 ef|
gf ed ce|1 e2 d2 fg:|2 e2 d2 z2||

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Tune 377 - Sally Sloane's Jig/Trip to Cottingham





This tune was collected from Sally Sloane, from Parkes in central NSW by the pioneering folklore collector John Meredith in the 1950s, and her vast repertoire of songs and tunes continues to be one of the most important sources in Australian traditional music. 

The tune is also known as the Trip To Cottingham.

X:473 T:Sally Sloane's Jig T:Trip to Cottingham M:6/8 L:1/8 K:D A|FAd FAd|GBd GBd|FAd dcd|f2e e2A| FAd FAd|GBd GBd|FAd dcd|e2c d2:| |:e|f3 def|f2 e e2 f|g2 e cde|efe d2 e| f3 def|f2 e e2 f|g2 e cde|efe d2:| |:z|A3 F2 G|A3 F2 G|AFA dAd|fed cBA| G3 E2 F|G3 E2 F|GBA GFE|[1F3 G2:|[2D3 D2|]

Friday, 28 February 2014

Tune 376 - Tombigbee




An American waltz whose name comes from the Tombigbee river which flows through Mississippi and Alabama. 

The box I am playing is a conversion I have made to a D/G melodeon of a Hohner Student 1 Piano Accordion.


X:376
T:Tombigbee Waltz
M:3/4
L:1/8
K:G
BA|G2 B2 B2|B d3 BA|G2 B2 B2|B d3 Bc|
B2 A2 A2|A3 B cd|e2 d2 d2|d3c BA|
G2B2B2|B d3 BA|G2 B2 B2|B d3 Bc|
B2 A2 A2|A3 B cd|e2 d2 F2|G4||
d2|g4 d2|g4 d2|e2 d2 e2|B4 Bc|
B2 A2 A2|A3 B cd|e2 d2 d2|d4 d2|
g4 d2|g4 d2|e2 d2 e2|B4 Bc|
B2 A2 A2|A3 B cd|e2 d2 F2|G4||

Monday, 10 February 2014

Tune 375 - Marino Casino





This tune was written by John Sheahan of The Dubliners and the name would appear to come from this building. http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/casinomarino/

X:1 T:Marino Casino C:John Sheahan M:4/4 L:1/8 K:D |:FG|Adcd B2 cd|Ad G2 F2 ED|G2 FE A2 D2|EDCD E2 FG| Adcd B2 cd|Ad G2 F2 ED|G2 FE A2 C2|1D6:|2D8|| |:CDEC A,2 A2|GFEF D2 dc|BcdA Gd F2|E3 D E3 D| CDEC A,2 A2|GFEF D2 dc|BcdA Gd F2|1E3 D D4:|2 E3 D D2||