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    I appreciate hearing them played, thanks Martin.

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    Lovely tunes. They got me thinking of a few arrangements of Playford pieces that I did for the all too short-lived Hampton Roads Mandolin Ensemble. In hopes that they might be of interest to other ensembles, here are two of them--The Fine Companion and Sion House.

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    Check for new ones soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    Check for new ones soon!
    That sounds great -- looking forward to them!

    Playford tunes (and similar ECD tunes) are such a wonderful crossover between early music, baroque music and folky fiddle tunes that they appeal to just about everybody: dancers and instrumentalists, Celtic session musicians and classical musicians, notation readers and learn-by-ear players, melody players and rhythm players, all can have fun playing the same arrangement from the same sheet at the same time.

    Martin

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    It's time to play a couple more English country dance tunes from David's wonderful collection of arrangements. Here is the link to the PDF again (still valid since first posted in 2015): Link

    Come Let's Be Merry

    The first tune is quite festive, at least in it's title and mood, so well-suited to the season -- indeed it has mutated from a country dance to a choral piece with new lyrics, which pops up now and then on Christmas albums and in carol concerts.

    "Come Let's Be Merry" was first published in John Young's Third Volume of the Dancing Master, 2nd edition (1726, p. 127), and Walsh & Hare's New Country Dancing Master (3rd book, London, 1728), reprinted in Walsh's Compleat Country Dancing Master vol. 3 (London, 1749).

    My recording is a trio of two mandolins and mandocello:

    1898 Giuseppe Vinaccia mandolin (x2)
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello



    Childgrove

    This tune was first published in 1701 in the 11th edition of Henry Playford's Dancing Master. It was retained in all subsequent editions to 1728.

    My recording is a quartet of two mandolins, tenor guitar and mandocello, using the Gibson instead of the Vinaccia for a different sound.

    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin (x2)
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello



    Martin

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    Very nice. Thanks
    Play it like you mean it.

    Arrow G
    Clark 2 point
    Ratliff CountryBoy A
    00-21 (voiced by Eldon Stutzman)

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