Down to the Beach

Here’s a tune I wrote when I was experimenting with different phrase lengths and structures – trying to find out how irregular a tune can be and still work by ear, really.  I used to play it in the English Acoustic Collective, and taught it on the EAC Summer School one year.

Down-to-the-BeachAnd here are Sam and I playing it at a house concert in Cambridgeshire … a little bit quicker than I usually would and with a few ‘variations’ from me the first time through as I remembered it!  I usually play it AABBAABBCC, as we do here.

The Road to Poynton

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Here’s a tune I made up years ago, when I was working with clog dance group 6 Foot 3.  I was trying to write a tune in which the A and B parts work on top of each other, which they do!  The chords are open to variation, of course, but I really like it if it stays hanging at the end of each part and doesn’t resolve to the D chord until the start of the next part.  By G/A I mean a g chord over an A root, but any sort of open, ambiguous, unresolved chord it fine!  I sometimes use a G instead of the B minors, or an E minor instead of the G, and so on.

Here I am playing it with Leveret (the tune before it is Glory of the Sun, from Playford, if you go back to the start of the video):

Tim van Eyken and I recorded it on our album One Sunday Afternoon way back in 2001, link to follow.  It was also recorded by Meridian, who wrote a cool tune called The Road to Paignton to follow it, and also by Bjönsdotter • Reid.  Happy playing…

Request Stop / Terminus

Two tunes I wrote while working in a trio with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan around 2008/9, both inspired by contemporary old-time tunes.  In Request Stop I usually replace the first bar of the A and B part repeats with the fifth bar of the respective part, if that makes any sense!

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And here we are playing the set at Cheltenham Folk Festival in 2008…

Request Stop was recorded on our CD Station House.