“Toi et Moi” is #24 in the Bal Folk Tune Book. Played on the Lilly, it has that quality inherent to many scottishes of being delightful. This is the third of Trevor Upham’s tunes that I’ve recorded for the Bal Folk Tune Book Project.
When I think back to when I first heard Bal Folk accordion, one of the things that I loved was that there was nothing ironic or world weary about. It was anti-misanthropic. This tune is exactly the kind of tune that gave me that feeling. It’s number 23 in the Bal Folk Tune Book.
These are played simply and straightforwardly, bourrées in three. All of them are sans nom in the Bal Folk Tune Book and, as is my custom I give sans nom tunes nicknames. If you know the actual name of any of these, please let me know. The tunes are #79 (“Eevee”) #74 (“Ursula”) #83 (“Dola”). All three are named for cats in my life. Other tunes nicknamed for my cats are “Frida” and “Quinta.” Yes, I’ve had a lot of cats in my life.
Here’s a tune from the Bal Folk Tune Book (#197), a five time waltz by Trevor Upham. I’m recovering from a sprained wrist, but wanted to try playing since Brigid was here. It hurt like a MFer, but was entirely worth it!
An interesting mazurka because a few of the bars are in 2/4. It must have a particular dance associated with it, which I would love to see.
Three tunes from the Bal Folk Tune Book Project. I play these on the F row of the Dino Baffetti Tex-Mex accordion because of a provocation from Martin Ellison at melodeon.net, who was curious about the sound of the low F row. This is tuned MM, so it doesn’t sound LOW, but it’s very sweet and comforting. The only really weird thing to get used to was that the F row is second button start on my box, keeps everything else in line across the three rows.
Two Bal Folk Bourrées.
“Bourrée de Chamberat” (#165): This one is played slow because I really heard the melody as a song and dug it at this speed.
“Bourrée Carrée de St. Chartier” (#161): Played at speed. from the Bal Folk Tune Book Project accordeonaire.com
Two Waltzes from the Bal Folk Tune Book (but they are played in Aflat) “Lo Rossinhol” (#118) “Aure Françoise” (#116) If you’d like to support this work or just buy me some coffee Venmo is @Gary-Chapin-7 Thanks!
After too long, the return of the Bal Folk Tune Book project!
(a waltz in 5 by Trevor Upham)
tune # 207
from the Bal Folk Tune Book
played by Gary Chapin
A mazurka (#141) in the Bal Folk Tune Book Project, written by Chris Shaw. The video footage comes from a walk Sunshine and I took on the ice on David Pond, in Fayette, ME. Played in Gm on my Dino Baffetti F/Bb/Eb box.