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GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser) 26 Apr 11 - 06:07 AM
melodeonboy 08 Jan 11 - 02:03 PM
Old Vermin 08 Jan 11 - 01:41 PM
The Sandman 08 Jan 11 - 01:23 PM
GUEST,Our Jud 08 Jan 11 - 11:03 AM
GUEST,antiziorikzar of bath 01 Oct 10 - 12:29 PM
GUEST,LDT 14 Jun 10 - 07:56 AM
GUEST,Martin Ellison 14 Jun 10 - 06:18 AM
Mr Red 14 Jun 10 - 06:11 AM
Arthur_itus 13 Jun 10 - 01:13 PM
GUEST,FloraG 13 Jun 10 - 10:51 AM
alex s 13 Jun 10 - 08:06 AM
Green Man 13 Jun 10 - 07:16 AM
GUEST,Mark Stevens 13 Jun 10 - 07:02 AM
GUEST,John 13 Jun 10 - 06:42 AM
Alan Day 06 Apr 10 - 05:57 PM
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alex s 06 Apr 10 - 11:04 AM
The Sandman 06 Apr 10 - 08:12 AM
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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Frank Lee
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 10:11 AM

Will Pound once complimented me on this thread, but after attending a Haddo concert at Sidmouth (Will & Nicky Pound), It behoves me to return the compliment. Will must be pretty near the top when it comes to all-round ability with the G/D system. He just appears to think through the instrument! And unlike some - he uses both ends of it!


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Chris B (Born Again Scouser)
Date: 26 Apr 11 - 06:07 AM

My mate Clive Williams is pretty good. For Irish style C#D playing, Anita Rochford from Liverpool. Donna Harkin from Letterkenny is, for my money, the equal of any player - she was born in England so I'll include her (though I don't know if she'll thank me!).


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: melodeonboy
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 02:03 PM

Yes, Ed Rennie! A cracking player! I knew someone had been missed out and I couldn't remember who!


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Old Vermin
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 01:41 PM

Worth mentioning Ed Rennie, I reckon. I was lucky enough to have him playing in may local session way back in the early 90s. The Bismarcks were arguably the best ceilidh band ever.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: The Sandman
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 01:23 PM

http://ie.youtube.com/user/cathycook1


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Our Jud
Date: 08 Jan 11 - 11:03 AM

Paul young and john spiers.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,antiziorikzar of bath
Date: 01 Oct 10 - 12:29 PM

Are we talking sport or music ? Who really gives a f. . . about who's best ? Those who can develop their own style, innovate and compose original music for melodeon that doesn't sound like the usual tedious, cliched E minor stuff you hear on them, is a decent player in my opinion. The majority of players i have heard in this country could do well to learn a single row and play 6 different keys on it and also make a 3 row sound like a piano accordion as well as a melodeon. Try Tim Edey, now we're talking.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 07:56 AM

Looks at list, then looks at facebook friends list....Okay this could be awkward...
Its too hard i'd end up with a very long list.
Diplomatic answer anyone who isn't me who's a melodeon player. ;)


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Martin Ellison
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 06:18 AM

Mr Red:

The button accordion JK plays remains a button accordion whatever notes it plays.

The melodeons (both one and two rows) that JK plays are melodeons and, for my money, he is one of the very best and an inspiration.

Martin


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Jun 10 - 06:11 AM

JK (a notsominor deity) usually plays a button accordion. But making different notes (on the right hand) in/out does that make it a melodeon?


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Arthur_itus
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 01:13 PM

Agree with Dunc about Paul Young, but don't forget that he is a seriously good guitar player and his fiddle playing is coming on in leaps and bounds.


I don't know if John (Fiddlers Green) Conolly has been mentioned but if not he plays a mean melodeon.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,FloraG
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 10:51 AM

I was at Whitby a couple of years ago and heard a melodeon player accompany a youth group of morris in the showcase. It was not any of the really well known people mentioned above - I've heard most of them - but it was an ace performance. I'm sorry I don't know his name - someone might - but I have never heard anyone playing a tune that fitted a dance so well.

Does anyone know who he might be?

Flora ( an average melodeon player ).


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: alex s
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 08:06 AM

played with Peter Snape last night - he was ACE!


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Green Man
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 07:16 AM

Pete Grassby, he's the man who knows the instrument inside and out. John K of course and my old mentor John Yair.

GM


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Mark Stevens
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 07:02 AM

it has to be Mark ye Morris.
Highly regarded around this locality, nobody comes close to this populist virtue oh-soo ..


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,John
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 06:42 AM

Julian Sutton has to be one of the top melodeon players in the UK


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Alan Day
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 05:57 PM

I am going to add Mel Stevens to the above names X Rosbif
At home with English and French music a brilliant all round musician
Al


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,guest just back from the pub
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 05:04 PM

Dave Jolly. Lovely player. Great musician.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Ebor_fiddler
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 04:48 PM

Yes, Paul Young (aka "Lost Busker") is a marvellous player now and will certainly get even better. Take notice of Hipflask Andy etc - remember you heard of Paul here first (don't be embarassed if you are reading this Paul - you are that good!)


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Ian Gill
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 04:21 PM

I've seen most of the players mentioned, listened to nearly all of them and played with a fair few. Here are two more names; Rees Wesson and Paul Havell. For my money, as a mere guitarist, Rees plays like Jimi Hendrix or Paddy Keenan, wild and free, but Paul is the Peter Green, taste, touch and timing. He should be better known.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,HipflaskAndy sans cookie today
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 01:54 PM

All the usual expected/established fine players mentioned above - damn fine!
Kirkpat/Care/Rose/Whitby-Parky(bless!)/Turner/Spiers/Cutting/Van Ey/ Bri Peters....and on.... excellent!

But here's one to watch for - came out of Gainsboro, now based in York - one Paul Young.
There's a young lad that's sure made me sit up and take note.
It aint easy for a young lad like that to get the work - and he's trying to be a pro muso - Hope he blossoms forth, sticks with it - and that you all get to hear him. - Dunc


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Old Roger
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 12:59 PM

I'd vote for Steve Collins who used to play with the band "Shave The Monkey" but now leads a more academic and cloistered life and plays with the completely unknown band "Too Many Whickers". A few lucky souls get to hear him play around where he lives. Stunningly good player.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: alex s
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 11:04 AM

Peter Snape (Chorley, UK) is a great accompanist as well as soloist - he's that rare find, a sensitive melodeon player


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: The Sandman
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 08:12 AM

I like this too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKrulqVhN_M&feature=related


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 06:53 PM

And Saul Rose, though he was still in his pushchair in 1975...

Kitty


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 06:51 PM

Andy Cutting...
whom I've known for at least 35 years.
He played a mean triangle too
Kitty


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 05:05 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqYME9cQDsY


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 05:02 PM

and here she is again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBbt1EwsZWc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4-KRQmg6vk


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 04:53 PM

here is one of my favourite melodeon players; cathy cook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb9QbQODEB8


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: mattkeen
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 04:15 PM

andy cutting


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Will Pound
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 09:53 PM

Id say Frank Lee and Matt Crum were 2 of the best around atm...but so many great's to chose from.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Greg B
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 07:48 PM

All of this reminds me of what I love about the instrument, which
has been my personal fascination for quite a long time now.

Thing is, with the English box (no disrespect to the B/C,
C#/D, and other chromatic players) is that everyone comes at
the thing in their own way.

My theory is that an extended period of willing or unwilling
celibacy and long evenings at home is actually required in order
to really get the good out of the box.

Oh, those in stable relationships can master basic chordal
song accompaniments, but the ones who put the "melody" in
"melodeon" probably did so in the company of nothing warmer
than a sixer of ale for a period of months or years.

You would, for example, never mistake Tony Hall from our Martin
Ellison, nor the latter for Rod Stradling or (again) our Brian
Peters. And Kirkpatrick's got his own thing going.

It's precisely the ambiguity of the instrument which makes it so
much more like the guitar than the piano (both of which I also play).

I've stolen a couple of tunes from our Martin, but if we sat
down across from one another and played them, we'd probably
both end up wide-eyed and saying "you finger that passage
like THAT?!?" Or "hold on...what did you just do THERE?"

The fourths-tuned boxes are nothing if not ambiguous. Watch
two good players playing in D on a D/G boxes and you'll likely
find that sometimes one is pressing and the other drawing. Not
so much in G --- those inner rows are stickier, but the outer
row, aye, that's where the magic happens.

That's the fun, really. Working it out. Discovering the syncopation
of a bellows reversal in the midst of a button change that makes
a little 'grace' note when deliberately mis-timed. Three for the
price of two, that is.

There's no other instrument that I've played, other than perhaps
the 5-string banjo, where "practicing" is really such great joy
of discovery, as you never know when, in a tune you've played 1000
times, a little quirky cross will accidentally appear and make
you say, "where have YOU been all my life?"

There is so much of the mental, intellectual in these things, but
then an equal measure of 'muscle memory' required to execute it.
This is the instrument where 'mistakes' have the potential to become
brilliant additions to the capabilities.

Mathematically, they're 'shaped' like Western music-- 1-4-5
circle of fifths ascending and descending, the relative minor.
Years of music theory and I didn't really "get" it until I played
the D/G box.

Physically, that translates into magic for the sort of music for
which they're meant.

Which I guess was the point of the inventors...they wanted something
that the 'unwashed masses' would buy and be able to honk out the
music that was meant for them. Only along the way, because they
designed it to be a natural sound-producer for 1-4-5 music, they
got more than they, and we, bargained for.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: irishenglish
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 04:16 PM

Rod Stradling. Also, two older gents whom I believe haven't been mentioned yet-Oscar Woods and Font Whatling


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 11:13 AM

DOXY


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: LesB
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 09:09 AM

I'll second Frank Lee.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: banjoman
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 06:56 AM

"And then there was the late great Rip Ripingale" the only melodeon player who had an "Oh Sh!!t" button fitted. He knew three tunes which all sounded the same.Had a habit of suddenly forgetting the tune and going back to the beginning, which left our local NW team poised precariously with one foot in the air till he got back to the bit he had forgotten. Otherwise a great actor who could convince some people that he really could play. Used to suddenly develop Carpal Tunnel or RSI when any tune he didn't know was asked for. I know because I suffered trying to play alongside him till we finally gave him a snare drum to play - what a great mistake that was - but thats another story.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Sue Allan
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 06:27 PM

Frank Lee, better known as the rapper and longsword maker of choice is a fantastic melodeon player ... although most people only hear him playing for morris (and sword, appalachian, clog) where his talents don't shine so much. He plays bass butons chord that I'm sure aren't really there ...


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: treewind
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 05:54 PM

Funnily enough, Roger Watson used to work as a duo with Colin Cater a long time ago. I'm not sure which of them played melodeon then - Colin's got a photo (in his downstairs loo, I've seen it) of him and Roger looking much younger - and Colin is holding... a tin whistle, which is an instrument I've never heard him play.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Howard Jones
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 05:38 PM

"the only melodeon player i've ever seen in a duo context leading the singing"?

OK the "I've ever seen" bit is a get-out, but what about:

John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris
John K and Martin Carthy
John K and pretty much anyone
Pete and Chris Coe
Colin and Karen Cater
I'm fairly sure Roger Watson's worked in some duos over the years

and that's just for starters

Extending it beyond duos, besides the above there's John Jones with the Oysters, Keith Hancock (and me) with the Electropathics...

PS this isn't intended to denigrate Hazel Askew, by the way, simply to point out that it's not unusual for a melodeon player to lead the singing.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: treewind
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 08:39 AM

Hazel's the melodeon player, Emily's the fiddler.
But apart from that, fully agreed - great talent there!

Marilyn - [excuse my blushes] the cheque's in the post!!!

Anahata


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,claire jewell
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 08:24 AM

I'll place another vote down for young Nick Cooke too. His new "proper" job has meant that he has had to leave the Jim Moray Trio for a bit, but I think he will still be appearing with him at sidmouth and shrewsbury. And with his ceilidh bands trinculo and glorystrokes (the latter are at warwick, towersey and shrewsbury - if you ever want to see two amazing melodeon players (Nick and Richard Arrowsmith) encompased in a heavy metal / glam rock band these gigs shouldn't be missed!)

I'd also like to put in a vote for young emily askew - she's the only melodeon player i've ever seen in a duo context leading the singing whilst accompianing with melodeon, she does it in quite a unique way - and she's got a gorgeous voice too.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Black Diamond
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 07:40 AM

what about Paul Scourfield, who also does a mean workshop


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 04:15 AM

http://ie.youtube.com/user/cathycook1
heres a good player


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Marilyn
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 03:41 AM

I am 'owned' by a couple of melodeons that I am learning to play so this thread interested me even though I don't like the term 'best' this or that.

My own favourites are (in no particular order)
John Spiers
John Kirkpatrick
Anahata
Tony Weatherall

I haven't heard some of the others mentioned above so couldn't comment.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 05:57 PM

It was a typing error right at the beginning. It should have said Chris Cole, although he is possibly marginally better at melodeon throwing!


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Fidjit
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 04:03 PM

Well from '03 to '08 And I don't see Issy Emney here. Until now of course.

Simon Care and Saul Rose. John K too. All good.

Nick Barber too. Good man.

Now Anahata, among other things, plays a mean box.

What about Derek Tarrant of Tarrantella now theres one.

Bill Mckinnon too, can give it six.

Chas


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Acorn4
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 03:51 PM

The Melodeons Are Coming

Strange portents are seen in the skies
Ill omens they are borne
And naked Morris Dancers make crop circles in the corn
A comet races through the sky, foreboding on the wind
Strange conjunctions of the planets, these are bad times my
friend

There's chaos on the stock exchange, panic at the ports
The mormons are on their mobile phones, forces on red
alert
Supermarket shelves are empty but the churches have full
pews
TV schedules rearranged to get the latest news

I do not speaqk of nuclear war or asteroid attack
Ofsted inspectors, bubonic plague, no it's far far worse than
that
Not the Martians, not the Daleks, Anne Widdecombe or mad
cow
And even Nostradamus did not foresee what's happening
now

Oh, they came down in their spacecraft, one hot summer's
night
Hideous leering aliens with a green unearthly light
Some had one row of knobs on, and some had two or three
But all were justv as deadly to the likes of you and me


Oh, they breathed through dreadful bellows, through which
the air was blown
Destroying all things in their path with a hideous piercing
moan
With that dreadful mission statement from the planet of their
birth
Saying "death to all things musical that are upon the earth "

The melodeons are coming, cover up your ears my friends
When you hear their ghastly wailing carried on the wind
The melodeons have landed and its very plain to see
That this is the way the world will end....
All in the key of D !

Although they have no life themselves they exist as
parasites
Arttach themselves to a human host for all his natural life
They look so harmless in their cases lying over there
But pick one up and gorgon like it will fix you with a stare

"Oh, pick me up and play me," and no man can resist
As they weld themselves forever between the victim's fists
His muscles go into spasm, his eyes go all aglazed
Condemned to play endless tunes for the rest of his days

Those tunes go round in circles, everybody plays the same
No one can step out of line in this deathly game
It's no good trying to put one down, you will find you can't
Stuck for eternity playing tunes that all sound like Nellie the
Elephant.

It starts off with just one in the corner, with himself he will
play
But like a cuckoo in the nest drives all other instruments
away
And like a siren lures other poor mortals to their doom
And soon you'll have 150 of the buggers all playing in one
room

They mutate like a virus spreding at the speed of light
Drag in more hapless victims to feed teir appetite
Stike fear into the bravest hearts, put a chill into the soul
Ithink I just saw one swallow a concertina whole

The melodeons are coming, cover up your ears my friends
When you hear their ghastly wailing carried on the wind
The melodeons have landed and its very plain to see
That this is the way the world will end....
All in the key of D ! ( or G .. apparently ??)

They gather round in workshops, world dominance to plan
Not content till they possess control of every man
A farewell to all intercourse, conversation is all done
Communicate by nods and grunts in between the tunes

You can't fight them on the beaches or flee to the mountains
high
Only to put off the day when the spider gets the fly
They can penetrate solid concrete, ferret in the deepest
holes
Till in the end we're caught in a trap like rabbits, rats or
moles

For the victims there is no way back there can be no release
Not even a stake driven through the heart can bring them
inner peace
Till death comes as a welcome friend to take away their pain
As they all meet their final end from repetitive strain

The melodeons are coming, cover up your ears my friends
When you hear their ghastly wailing carried on the wind
The melodeons have landed and its very plain to see
That this is the way the world will end....
All in the key of D !

(repeat chorus)


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: irishenglish
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 03:25 PM

Can't argue with any listed here, but I'll add one no one has mentioned. Might be lost amongst the volume, but John Jones of the Oysterband isn't too shabby. I will say when I think of this first name, hands down is John Kirkpatrick.


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 04 Jun 08 - 03:11 PM

Perhaps this is too far ahead for your current diaries, but Brian Peters is doing an all-day melodeon workshop at the Lewes Arms folk club on Saturday 28th. February 2009 and Tim Edey is doing one on Saturday 10th. October 2009.

As always, the tutor performs at the Lewes Arms in the evening.

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: UK's best Melodeon players
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 08:57 PM

Being in the Colonies, the best I have personally seen/heard live.
In no particular order.
Well Known
Andy Cutting
Saul Rose
Richard Arrowsmith
Brian Peters
John Spiers
Pete Coe

Not so well known
Paul Morris
Doug Eunson

JohnB


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