1 George Tremain's Quickstep / Oats and Beans
Both of these are 32 bar tunes, that is tunes with three distinct parts. Tunes with 24 bars, or two distinct parts, are much more common. George Tremain's is a strange sounding jig in 6/8 time that contrasts with the very simple Oats and Beans. The jig dance and music are very typically English. We use these for three part dances such as Nine Pin. [3:13]

2 The Fiery Clockface / Morgiana in Spain
We play these as interval music, and both are traditional tunes. It is easy to forget where you are in Morgiana (and there are other Morgian tunes for different countries) as the B music repeats the A music. The melodeon and mandolin introduce this. [2:06]

 

3 Untitled Polka / Buttered Peas
There are many versions of Untitled Polka from various bands. This is a straightforward rendition. We use these tunes for a dance called Pattercake Polka that speeds up considerably towards the end. [2:26]

4 Sir Roger de Coverley / Aoibhneas Eilis Ni Cheallaigh
Both of these are slip jigs, or tunes in 9/8 time. That means that they don't have quite the simple rhythm of normal jigs and reels, so are less frequently used for dances. We use these both as interval tunes and for various dances, including one that we made up. Sir Roger is an old English tune and contrasts nicely with the more mournful sounding Irish tune. [3:28]

5 Woodland Flowers / Shan Van Vocht
The first of these tunes is a lively jig in G, the second a more moody piece in D. We use them mostly as interval tunes. [2:33]

6 Branle des Cheveaux / Jabadaw
Many bands play a version of Branle, but mostly in a major key throughout. Our version uses a nicely contrasting minor key for the C music (or third part). Jabadaw features the recorder in some nice solo sections. [2:42]

7 The Old St. Just Cock Dance
This is taken from the book of 1000 English Folk Tunes (plenty to choose from there). It is a good, bouncy tune and the trombone fits in well. It originally came from the Cornish Song Book in 1929. [3:06]

8 Cadi Ha / Rink-a-Tink / Galloway Girth
This is a mixture of tunes from various places in contrasting styles and time signatures. Cadi Ha starts slowly with the Anglo concertina and drum then dives into a faster Rink-a-Tink. The two fiddles combine as one on the last tune, which increases in tempo. [2:34]

9 Speed the Plough / Seige of Delhi
Speed the Plough is played by just about every folk band and is often used as a way of showing the band's individual style. In our case we have chosen to play it as a step hop or hornpipe rhythm. The Seige of Delhi is a traditional English military march and can often be heard played by military bands. [3:26]

10 The Swedish / Yarmouth Lasses / March Past
Two traditional jigs in 6/8 time are followed by a march in 4/4 time. We often use this for a set of dances and the change in tempo seems to energise the dancers towards the end of a long set. March past has a strong Scottish feel. [3:46]

11 Walter Bulwer's Polka No. 2 / Marmalade Polka
Two more tunes often played by other bands. These are just two, nice, simple tunes and we have just played them straight. They don't need lots of messing around. [4:00]

12 Staines Morris / Scottish du Marronier
The mandolin and fiddle play alone on this set. We have found that several tunes like this sound better with less instruments rather than more. Staines Morris is an old English tune published before 1730. [2:56]

13 La Schottische / From the Bowels
The first tune does not sound as its name implies. It is a simple reel starting on the one row melodeon. From the Bowels is just a name that we gave to this tune collected from someone's memory. [4:02]

14 Brothers in York / Captain Lanno's Quick March
Two more very contrasting tunes. The first is a slow, mournful march played with just the melody line. Over the years we have played this more slowly, as it increases the contrast with the second. Captain Lanno's quickly leaps off into double time with the full band joining in. [2:37]

15 Dkyk Shynski
This is a bonus track and is the title of our next album. See the Dkyk Shynski album for more details. [3:26]