English concertina tune List (2)

My final list of tunes that I found in my notation folder is a collection of melodies that I played before one of my notes stopped working on my concertina. The note that failed is the top F# note which is important if playing in the keys of G and D; basically all of the session tunes, it is a very popular note.

By losing it I had to think of what to do and what to play. I could have opened up the concertina and tried to fix the problem, with the danger in re-sealing the case, that the reeds were in, not being air tight again and destroying the whole concertina; or that I salvage the melodies what I could and transpose them to another key. I did the latter.

The list of tunes is an example of the melodies I played before the note stopped playing. They are common tunes you would find in a Northumbrian Session, most are taken from the Small pipe’s repertoire and tune books. There are a few Spanish melodies, as I play Spanish pipes and I really liked the melodies. It is a reflection of what music I was involved in at that time. I may have got some of the tunes in the wrong groupings, but who cares!

Spanish Tunes
Bolero de Santa Maria (Mallorca)
Danza Daz Burgos (Galician)
Catalan Waltz
St. Joan (Catalan)
Arrastar de Banabarre (Catalan)
Ball Pla del Pallars (Catalan)

Border Bagpipe Tunes
Gallowa Tam
Wedding O’Blyth
Lindesfarne

Swedish Tunes
Schottish (Swedish tune)
Vals and Englska (Swedish tunes)

Northumbrian tunes
Jimmy Alan/ Salmon Tails up the Water (Northumbrian)
Wild Hills O’Wannies (Northumbrian)
Biddy the Bold Wife
Happy Farmer
Jane’s Fancy
Fare Well
Butter’s Peas
Proudlock’s Hornpipe
Lamb Skinnet
Peacock Followed the Hen
8 o’clock in the morning
Peacocks Fancy

Irish Tunes
Saddle the Pony (Irish)
Blackthorn Stick
Nancy
Mrs Thompson’s Hornpipe
Spanish Cloak
2 O’Carolan tunes
Autumn child
Dingle Regatta

Highland Scottish
Inner seer
Crooked Bawbee (Scots)
Dark Island
Margret’s Waltz

French Tunes
French Buree
Crested Hens
La Sassonette

Cumbrian Tune
Ulverston volunteers

There is a few Border melodies in the list, this must reflect the notation book “Over the Hills and Far Away” complied by Matt Seattle; whom I had done a workshop with on the border Pipes and these melodies crept into the concertina repertoire.

The Swedish tunes reflect my long standing interest in Swedish Sackpipa and Nickelharpa music, I used to visit Sweden for many years and I learn a few tunes from the people I had met there.

The French, Galician, Catalan and Mallorcan tunes show the influence living in Spain had on me, as they were played at a folk music bar “Taberna Elisa” we went to a lot. They are tunes written in the key of C but I would have played then in the key of G; the Galician tune was written in the key of D and I would have played it in that key (and still do).

Today I do not play a lot of these tunes due to the missing F# note, but I have transposed a lot of them in to the key of C and they work fine, the ones I have left out is due to the technicalities of playing in C and some tunes do not transpose well. The Spanish tunes are in their original key, the French tunes I dropped due to the key change.

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English Concertina Tune List

Another list of tunes I found is for the English concertina. This is a catalogue of tunes I play and also a “to do” list. The first grouping of tunes have a “tick” next to them, I have no idea why I did this as some tunes I know and some I do not know.

Marquis of Lorne
Flowers of Edinburgh
Circassia Circle
Peacemakers Hornpipe
Steamboat
Navvies on the Line
Soldiers Joy
Come over the Stream Charlie
Jimmy Alan
Saddle the Pony
Sir Sidney Smith’s March
Nancy
3 Swedish tunes
1 Spanish tune
2 Belgium tunes
Butter’d Peas
When the king Comes O’er the Water
1 French tune
Random
Saltarello (medieval)

These tunes have no “tick” next to them; some tunes I know and others I do not:

Corn Riggs
Staten Island
Keel Row
Wild Hills O’Wannies
Irish Washerwoman
Fenwick O’Bywell
Jackey Layton,
Felton Lonning
Lochan Side
Banks of Alan Water
Loch Ruan
Rabs Wedding
Hills of Glentruin
Gelendarel Highlanders
Water of Tyne
I’ll Gang Nae Mair to Yon Toun
Proudlocks hornpipe
Biddle the Bold Wife
Stockton hornpipe
Minstrels Fancy
Lads of the North Tyne
Friendly Visit
Peacocks Tunes
High Level Bridge Hornpipe
New High Level
Bonny Craigside
Manchester Hornpipe
Nae Good Luck Around the House
Burn’s Tune
Bouree Tournante
Danza das Burgaz (Spanish)
Hazelwood (3/4 time)
Gentle Maiden
Harvest Home
Father O’Flynn
Dingle Regatta
Milltown jig
South Wind

On the other side of the page is a list of Cumbrian tunes I intended to play:

Lonsdale hornpipe
Cumberland Nelly
Northern Nanny
Cumberland Waltz
Kendal Waltz
Kendal hornpipe
Kendal Reel
Keswick Bonny Lasses
Ulverston Volenteers
Gilsland Hornpipe
Brampton Reel
Calgarth Hornpipe
Windermere Regatta
Dalston Forge
Latrigg Side
Raughton Head
Briggham hornpipe
Elterwater Hornpipe
Elterwater Quickstep
Cumberland Reel
Annan Polka

Next to these tunes, but written in pencil, is a list of mainly Irish melodies I intended to play:

Drink of Water
Morning Star
Madame Bonapart
Shaskeen
Hardiman the Fiddler
Coileach na lae (slide)
Colemans No 2
Ar eireann ni eanfainn cehi
Scot Mary
Memories
Gypsy Lullaby
South Wind (O’Carolan)

This list must have been an early collection of tunes I played and intended to play. Perhaps I was forming a repertoire to perform in the future; with a mixture of Scottish Highland melodies, Irish and Northumbrian melodies. Some tunes are from fiddle books, and piping books and scraps of notation I had collected along the way. The mainland European tunes I had collected while living and visiting these countries, collected from libraries and from people.

This list was never performed, I have learned many of the tunes since then, but I did not learn many of the Cumbrian melodies nor the Irish melodies. The Highland bagpipe melodies I learned some of them, but now I play other melodies that not on this list too. It seems my intention was diverted onto other tunes and styles.

Today I play a lot more Northumbrian and Scottish Border Bagpipe tunes on my English Concertina, mainly in the key of C and D and only playing a few melodies in the Key of G. this is due to one of my notes failing to sound, therefore I had to change my repertoire to play melodies that omitted this note. Before the loss of the note, I was playing a lot of session melodies in G, D and A keys; as this was the reason why I bought the concertina, the list goes someway to represent a session tune list for this area; but there are also tunes that do not, especially the Cumbrian tunes.