Monthly Archives: February 2016

Jan Mijne Man


The melody from a Dutch/Flemish traditional children’s song about a little boy who creates havoc pretending to be a knight.


Sometimes found in English morris dancing, the tune is played here live by wondrously funky dance band Blowzabella, first up in a set in Am, then transposing to Bm to morph into second tune Go Mauve (at 1:45).

(Image: Manet, Boy with a Sword*)




Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion), Jo Freya (vocals, saxophone, clarinet), Paul James (bagpipes, saxophones), Gregory Jolivet (hurdy-gurdy), Dave Shepherd (violin), Barn Stradling (bass guitar), Jon Swayne (bagpipes, saxophones)



(From Blowzabella’s 2010 live album Dance.)

See Blowzabellawebsite  Facebook  for 2016 upcoming gigs, band news and recordings

*Metropolitan Museum, New York. Image courtesy of Simon Abrahams and EPPH


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Horserace Rapids




Red Tail Ring fiddler Laurel Premo wrote this beautiful tune about a stretch of the Paint River at Crystal Falls,  Michigan. The Michigander duo play it here in a set with 19th century traditional American tune Rueben (Rueben’s Train).


Red Tail Ring

Laurel Premo (fiddle), Michael Beauchamp (guitar)

Video from a performance at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2014


(‘Red Tail Ring – Horserace Rapids/Ruebin’ YouTube video, 5.40. Posted by Red Tail Ring, 3 Nov 2014.


Red Tail Ring: find videos, gigs, tour dates, and downloads of their great CDs on their website

Photograph (unattributed) of Horserace Rapids via Rachel Rushlow, Pinterest


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Workshop alert: Creative Music Retreat


Folk Retreat with Laurel Swift

8-10 April, Thurlby, Lincolnshire


Just a few places left on this wonderful multi-instrumental folk weekend. Inspiring classes, home-cooked food, informal sessions and country walks in the Fens. And don’t forget your walking shoes/boots!



Details and booking here (book by 14 February for reduced rate!)


For  music by Laurel, see her website, Laurel fiddle

or use the Fiddletails Search (above right)




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The Rising Sun


On Candlemass Day, a tune to drive winter away – a shining waltz from Leveret‘s newly-released second CD, In The Round. The cover notes tell us the tune was originally published by Daniel Wright in 1715, in An Extraordinary Collection of Pleasant & Merry Humours (etc.).

(See below for where to buy In The Round, and booking details on the UK launch tour)



Andy Cutting (diatonic melodeon), Rob Harbron (concertina), Sam Sweeney (fiddle)


(‘Leveret – The Rising Sun’ YouTube video, 3.58.  Posted by Leveret, 17 Dec 2015.


Leveret introduce ‘In The Round’

The band talk about the making of the CD, their material, and playing together.


(‘Leveret Introduce “In The Round”‘ YouTube video, 4.47.  Posted by Leveret, 26 Jan 2016.

(Recorded live at The Convent)




CD available from Leveret website here


‘IN THE ROUND’ UK LAUNCH TOUR starts 25 February. Details here (scroll down for dates)



Leveret: website  Soundcloud  Facebook  Twitter

Rob Harbron: website

Sam Sweeney: website

Andy Cutting: website

(Social media: see websites for links)


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