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John Kirkpatrick's English Choice

By John Kirkpatrick

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Accordion (Button) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by John Kirkpatrick. Saddle-stitched, SongBook. British Isles. Book. Published by Dave Mallinson Publications (MB.AP108).

Item Number: MB.AP108

ISBN 9781899512621. 8.25 x 11.75 inches.

In this lively romp through seven centuries of English dance music, John Kirkpatrick shares the passion that has led him to become one of the foremost champions and interpreters of our native traditions. Driven always by his love of dancing, John has constantly been striving to inject the maximum amount of energy and life into these lovely simple old tunes. In fact, as any dance musician will tell you, the simpler the tune is, the more opportunity you are allowed to add your own kind of zest into its performance.

Here John presents 101 examples that are tailor-made for the strong rhythmic approach inspired by English dance steps and rhythms. With melody, chords and variations, the book is ideally suited for any instrument, but one of the prime factors in the selection of the tunes has been the fact that they sit so happily on the push-pull squeeze-box scale. Although the melodeon came along long after the style and substance of this music was well established, it's breathtaking how perfectly the one can match the other.

On the two accompanying CDs - Orlando's Return (AP108C) and Garrick's Delight (AP108D) - you can hear John playing every one of these tunes on his various squeeze-boxes, joined on many of them by his son Benji on guitar or bouzouki. You can follow the dots and play along at your leisure. With over forty years' playing experience behind him, you couldn't be in safer hands. This collection is an absolute must not only for melodeon players, but for anybody who likes their music with an uncompromising English accent.

  • The Whitehaven Volunteers 
  • The Wiltshire Six-Hand Reel 
  • The Goathland Square Eight 
  • The True Joak 
  • The Black Joak 
  • The White Joak 
  • The Yellow Joak 
  • Hunt the Squirrel 
  • Hunt the Hare 
  • Tink A Tink 
  • The Contented Farmer 
  • Lilliburlero 
  • Jack's Alive 
  • The Sussex Bonny Breast Knot 
  • The Shepton Hornpipe  
  • Orlando's Return 
  • The Battle of Prague 
  • The Red Joak 
  • John of the Greeny Cheshire Way 
  • Down the Sides and Up the Middle 
  • The Radstock Jig 
  • The Irish Washerwoman 
  • The Jingling Geordie 
  • Hexham races 
  • The Squirrel 
  • Alf Gray's Jig 
  • The Sailor's Delight 
  • Sick and Very Bad 
  • The Derby Hunt 
  • The Dandy Dancer 
  • The Tank 
  • Philibelula All the Way 
  • Penny on the Water  
  • Mr. Cosgill's Delight 
  • Dam It 
  • Bobby Shafto 
  • Leap Over the Garter 
  • John Peel 
  • Haphazard 
  • The Good Old Way 
  • Prince William 
  • Dr. Fauster's Tumblers 
  • Holborn March 
  • The Gypsies' Round 
  • The Brickmakers 
  • Double Change Sides 
  • Oscar Woods' Jig 
  • Hyde Park 
  • King Edward the Second's Jig 
  • Miss Gayton's Hornpipe 
  • Wilson's Favourite 
  • The Sheringham Breakdown 
  • Touch the Thing 
  • The Milesian 
  • The Nymph 
  • The Prince of Wales' Jig 
  • The Runaway 
  • The Militia 
  • The New White Hart Horpipe 
  • The Red Lion Hornpipe 
  • The Welch Hornpipe 
  • Garrick's Delight 
  • The Flaxley Green Dance 
  • We Will Down with the French 
  • Trip To The Cottage  
  • Hunting the Squirrel 
  • Dennis Crowther's No. 3 
  • Polly Put The Kettle On 
  • The Evesham Stick Dance  
  • The Physical Snob 
  • The Fairy Prince 
  • Merry Wakefield 
  • Dutch Pins 
  • Thorpe Malsor Trumpet Tune 
  • the Touchstone 
  • The Soldier's Wedding 
  • The First of September 
  • The Kirkgate Hornpipe  
  • Long Odds 
  • Captain Macintosh 
  • The Regent's Hornpipe 
  • The Lass of Dallogill 
  • The Tempest 
  • Russian Cavalry 
  • Alexandra 
  • John of Paris 
  • Hasty Money 
  • Brunswick 
  • The Shrewsbury Waltz 
  • Bonnets so Blue 
  • Princess Caroline's Waltz 
  • The Prince Regent 
  • The Croaking Cardinal 
  • Rufty Tufty 
  • General Hill's Favourite 
  • The Big Ship 
  • The Dannish Waltz 
  • The Colosseum  
  • The Charming Maid 
  • The Washington Hornpipe 
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