Category: repertoire

Waltz: L’Urosa Jardiniéra

Here’s a humble but wonderful waltz, found in Mally’s Bal Folk tune book (actually, I found it in the Massif Central Tune Book, pink volume). Playing it on the Baffetti almost entirely on the F row.

Tribute: Le Cotillon Vert

I am obsessed with this tune, a scottish/valse called “Le Cotillon Vert.” Here I am in my kitchen taking a crack at it. The scottish/valse is exactly what’s on the tin. You dance the A section as a scottish (medium tempo, 4/4 dance), then…

First Tunes with the Baffetti

Videos down below! The Dino Baffetti Tex-Mex II/34 arrived on Thursday! Very exciting! I had intended to do an internal examination of the box, a la Owen Woods or Daddy Long Les, but I found I couldn’t bear to take a screw driver to it,…

A New Polka Wot I Helped Write

Here’s a new polka written by myself and clarinetist Steve Gruverman. I improvised the theme in connection to a recording project, a song called “The Ballad of the Bachelor.” Steve took the theme and morphed it into this, “The Bachelor’s Polka.” I did mess…

Sous le Ciel de Paris

I was asked if I could perform this wonderful and famous chanson at a gig next November. Listening to the Yves Montand and Edith Piaf versions, I thought, “Very lovely. How would this be done on the diatonic?” Then I found the following performance of…

Horse’s Branle

My colleague Lester Bailey has been posting a sheaf of tunes over on his Tune-a-Day blog. A few days ago he posted this old French tune (perhaps best known for its Blowzabella rendition, but originally collected in the 16th century). Check out the tune…

L’intermittent

UPDATE: Gilles Péquignot of Au Gré des Vent has pointed me to their more current web site — Association Carnet de Bal. On that site, four of the group’s albums are available for streaming. They also have about twenty-five tunes available as sheet music….

La Soufflette (Waltz)

Frédéric Bordois’ waltz, from La Chavannée’s Le Long de la Riviere (and also in their tune book).

At the Hubbard Free Library

Last night I played a free gig at the Hubbard Free Library, in Hallowell, Maine. It was short — about 45 minutes was requested — and cookies were provided. It was a great time! The room was filled with some very appreciative people who…

Bourrées à Deux Temps

While continuing my conversation with Andy Cutting, I’ve done a small bit of recording. My own journey with the Nik continues! Here are four two-beat bourrées done in a very straight-forward (bog norme) style. The tunes are La Ruban Bleu, Le Bergére de Coulandon, Le…