Irish Melodeon

Irish Melodeon

I play the one-row melodeon (key : D), mainly the repertoire of my country (Belgium). One of my aims would be to add Irish tunes to my "list". My problem is that many tunes don’ t seem suitable for this type of instrument due to the complexity of Irish music. Yet I have a couple of CD’s at home of Irish musicians playing this type of box.
Could anyone :
- point out to me a number of tunes (jigs, hornpipes reels etc.) that could be suitable to the melodeon, and available on this site,
- get me into touch with musicians who could give me tips about the Irish melodeon.

Jean-Pierre WILMOTTE
rue de Messe 44
B 5170 RIVIERE

jeanpierrewilmotte@hotmail.com

Re: Irish Melodeon

As regards what tunes are suitable, there’s some discussion in this topic: https://thesession.org/discussions/10626

As explained there, you are not restricted to playing in D and Edorian - many tunes in modes based on G and A can be played on the melodeon without missing out any notes. With a bit of creativity, you can manage lots of others tunes too.

Some info on this page: http://www.iol.ie/~ronolan/melodeon.html

You can also see quite a bit of melodeon playing on a program from TG4, the Irish-language channel (don’t worry, there are subtitles and plenty of talking in English):

Open the webTV console at:

http://www.tg4.ie/Bearla/webt/webt.htm

Then click on "Ceol - Cartlann" and find the program "
Ceird an Cheoil - 6/3/2007". Once you get past the weather forecast and the commercials, there are clips of Christly Leahy, Dermot Byrne and Johnny Connolly playing melodeon, and lots more interesting stuff besides.

Steve

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I recently met someone who, even if handed a two row, will play the one row. He learned melodeon from his grandmother, he is in his mid-fifties. Plays old style, and was knocking people out with his playing. He plays in C and rarely goes to sessions, lives in Ireland, but hardly anyone knows him…. a few of us intent to get him a bit more "out there" on his next trip to the states, and maybe do a CD. He’s got tunes his granny wrote that no one’s heard too. just slipped through the cracks all these years. He’s a real master of the old style single row playing, one of the best players I and those who heard him have ever heard. Totally amazing.

He’s got eveything transposed by ear into C, but he’d do the same things on a D box. He didn’t have one with him on the last trip over. He’s quite happy apparently. His name is Alan Morrisroe, watch out for him! A CD is in the planning. Whether it sells or not, since he is not a big name, doesn’t matter as much as getting his music out there, it’s amazing.

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PS… yes Jeeves…and this fellow played I guess would be A Minor and some other tunings, but other, major ones generally were in C.

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Any tune written in two sharps will go on a D one-row melodeon. Many tunes written in one sharp will work provided they don’t have a C natural, or you are able to avoid playing this note, which you will not have on your box. (It’s worth learning how to read music, by the way.)

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That was one of the old tricks, the work-arounds, some of the old single row players were up to, avoiding notes they couldn’t play, and that was so on whatever keyed box they had in hand ~ C, D or G being the usual…like with harmonicas… Also though, some would play the wrong note for the tune, such as a C# when the actual tune calls for a C natural…a kind of selective deafness for that particular choice? ~ or lack of choice…

I look forward to that CD irisnevins, don’t forget to let folks know when it comes together and is available…

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Ceolachan…. did you get my email?

I hope to get this guy recorded by the end of the year… but a few gigs are being promised…where are you from?

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Yes iris-nevins! ~ I will be responding soon… I’ve been having some weirdness with this self-bulid computer again… 😏

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jean-pierre-wilmotte ~ because you asked and because your instrument is in D Major, this one was pulled together for you ~

"Aunt May’s / Mary’s Canadian Jig"
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on March 25th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7000

It is a fun tune… I hope you enjoy it…