Week #404 ~ L'inconnue de Limoise (mazurka from France)

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    This week's winner is L'inconnue de Limoise, which was sumbitted as a mazurka from France.

    Here is the link to five settings of this tune on thesession.org, where it says it is also known as The Unknown Piper.

  2. Gelsenbury
    I didn't know this tune, looked it up when I saw the poll, loved it, voted for it, and seem to have contributed to settling the vote. It will take me longer than a week to learn, but here's another nice version on melodeon:

  3. David Hansen
    David Hansen
    What a great tune, I love mazurkas. I have been told that this tune is usually played in the key of C, so I gave it a shot on the mandola with some concertina, double bass and piano.

  4. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    I love this tune, and recorded it a couple of years ago on mandolin, OM and tenor guitar:

    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin
    Mid-Missouri M-111 octave mandolin
    Ozark tenor guitar

    We've been playing it fairly regularly in our weekly mandolin get togethers since then -- it's a popular tune with my fellow players (and by now a bit more practiced than my old recording).

  5. Gelsenbury
    At last, I have recorded this. Dedicated to my lovely wife, who isn't from Limoise but at least from the same country.

  6. luurtie
    That sounds sweat Gelsenbury. Do you play accordeon yourself? A good combination of instruments. I love it.
  7. James Rankine
    James Rankine
    Lovely Gelensbury, really enjoyed it. I like the tremolo on the mandolin, was hoping for more of that but then the accordion stepped in and took that role. Really well put together.
  8. James Rankine
    James Rankine
    Just listened to David’s version. Concertina is so sweet- really fits this tune. Brilliant.
  9. David Hansen
    David Hansen
    Dennis, that was really very good, perhaps your best effort to date, everything was absolutely perfect.
  10. Gelsenbury
    Thank you, those comments mean a lot to me. I tried to take on board some of the recording tips I have read around here, and the whole experience was much more relaxed than I had expected.

    It's the tune that's perfect ... It has a special quality to it, and working the other instruments around the melody was great fun. It was also nice to find a role for the accordion, although unfortunately playing a few notes is the full extent of my skills at this stage. Finding practice time for the accordion is even harder than for the mandolin!

    Thank you again for the encouragement. I'll try to work on my backlog of songs-a-week.
  11. Frithjof
    Dennis, that was delicious.
    I listened to it with the same joy as I had while listening to David's and Martin's version.
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