Jon Ellis’s twelve comments

  • Re: The International Schottische

    A nice sprightly tune which seems to go well with the Bluebell Polka (which seems to be a Schottische also). I’ll work them into shape and play them as a set on mandolin, with intervention no doubt from a fiddle and guitar at the Musketeer Singaround, T… more…

  • Re: The Bluebell Polka

    No disrespect at all for Mr. Shand. Far as I can see he did a good job keeping traditional Scots music alive before it got ‘revived’ later. I think in the memory of some English folk of my generation his name and music is somewhat associated with the … more…

  • Re: The Bluebell Polka

    Recently re-discovered this lively tune after more than 50 years. Don’t care that Jimmy Shand made it popular. Plan to introduce it to the singaround session at the Musketeer Pub near Lymington, England in 2021. more…

  • Re: The Devil’s Dream

    This tune is mentioned in Thomas Hardy’s novel ‘The return of the Native’ as a ‘six hand reel’ which can be played for an indefinitely long time. It is in the chapter ‘The two stand face to face’ and is footnote 156 in the version I have of … more…

  • Re: Orkney Spring Nights

    Susan, more…

  • Re: Nerissa

    What a lovely waltz! I will learn it on mandolin and pass it on to others. Thanks for posting. more…

  • Re: My Flat In Sealdah, Central Kolkata

    Sorry - that should read October - March (cooler months). Not March - October. I’m usually in Lymington / Southampton, England then. more…

  • My flat in Sealdah, central Kolkata

    Not an organised or regular session. I stay with my Bengali wife in Kolkata for 5 months each year : March - October. Any person passing through Kolkata welcome at our place during these months to play some tunes, sing some songs. Give a few days notice k… more…

  • Re: A Puppet

    A lovely tune which I will learn on mandolin, and make sure my local fiddlers pick it up too. Thanks for posting ‘A Puppet Waltz’. best, JON more…

  • Musketeer

    Lively session every Thursday from about 9pm until late. Often a sing / playaround where everyone performs their own song / tune with others accompanying. All types of accoustic music acceptable, piano in the bar. Very informal, friendly and non-judgement… more…