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for Chris Parkinson

PARKY - Chris Parkinson 

 1 The Break-up Breakdown                         
 2 Sun Assembly
 3 The Month Of January
 4 Schottishes
 5 Shallow Brown
 6 Theme From Moulin Rouge
 7 Sliabh Luachra Polkas
 8 The Sailboat
 9 The Week Before Easter
10 The Orange In Bloom
11 Matchbox Blues

The Break-up Breakdown is by Brendan Power who taught me the tune several years ago when I was in New Zealand. 

Sun Assembly comes from Thompson's Complete Collections Volume 1, published in 1757.

The Month Of January is a traditional Irish song from the singing of Sarah Makem, care of Sam Bracken.

Schottishes are in fact Skipper Schottis from Sweden, and Schottis Fra Lyo from Denmark. I heard them in Copenhagen at a dance club while I was doing research into drinking customs with some Danish musicians.

Shallow Brown is a shanty of the `Hilo` group. The version here was collected from a sailor in Woolwich in the 1880`s and published by The Folk  Song  Society  in the late 1890`s.

Theme From Moulin Rouge I `collected` from BBC Radio's Light Programme which used to broadcast  light entertainment to the nation until the late 1960`s. One could hear anything from folk music to Glenn Miller, Vaughan Williams to Gershwin. I did get quite a few musical ideas from the old Light Programme.

Sliabh Luachra Polkas are from the part of Ireland around the Cork Kerry border. They're great tunes, and I never tire of them.

The Sailboat is a tune inspired by the many different ships and boats I`ve seen at home in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and further afield on tour. It also reminds me of seeing the silhouette of a fishing boat in the Baltic Sea somewhere in the vicinity of Helsinki. The Sailboat is dedicated to Nadine.

The Week Before Easter is from the singing of Mrs Copper of Rottingdean, Sussex, in November 1898 and published in the Journal of the Folk Music Society in 1899.

The Orange In Bloom is a morris tune from Sherborne, Gloucestershire. A lovely name for a lovely tune.

Matchbox Blues, written in the 1920`s comes from Blind Lemon Jefferson. Words kindly supplied by John Crosby ( Thanks John ).

OUT OF HIS TREE - Chris Parkinson

 1 The Butcher's Fancy/Paddy Durkin`s
 2  Scotch Measure / Mount Hills
 3  The Acrobat / Byrnes Hornpipe / The High Level
 4  The Martial Baron / Round Pond
 5  Mr  Isaac`s Maggot
 6  Skipper Schottishe / Schottishe From Lyo
 7  Golden Tango ( for melodeon )
 8  Waltz From Balfor
 9  The Triumph ( Dorset )
10  Polska From Dalarna
11  The Glasgow Wedding  /  Souvenez-Vous  De Ceci
12  Golden Grove / Farewell To Connacht /
       The Bird In The Bush/John Stenson`s #2 

The Butcher`s Fancy came from Tom Keane, fiddler from Donegal. Paddy Durkin`s is named after my grandfather who was from Attymas Co Mayo.

Scotch Measure is from the Bray M.S.S. via Jim Cartmel, Mount Hills comes from Playford`s Dancing Master 17th edition Volume 1c/o the Falibroome Collection.

The Acrobat, Byrne`s Hornpipe and The High Level Hornpipe featured on track  3 were learnt from Tom Walsh and Hugh O'Donnell during various sessions at The New Britannia in Preston, Lancashire in the 1970`s.

The Martial Baron and Round Pond came from `Between Two Ponds` by Patrick Shuldham-Shaw.

Mr Isaac`s Maggot is from Playford 9th edition 1795.

Skipper Schottishe,  Schottishe from Lyo and Waltz From Balfor were all learnt from the playing of musicians in Roskilde and Copenhagen in Denmark, and at Sidmouth Festival, Devon, around 1980.  The Schottishes on track six can also be found on track 4 of the Parky CD. Here they have been  re-recorded and feature the fine fiddle playing of former House Band member Roger Wilson.

Golden Tango I heard as a child from BBC Light Programme and I have, I must admit, tinkered with it just a little bit.

The Triumph, always one of my favourite tunes, is from Thomas Hardy's M.S.S. also found in Country Dance Manual # 5 published by The English Folk Dance and Song Society.
                                                                                                                                   Polska from Dalarna, a wonderful tune from Swedish musicians again at Sidmouth Festival. (the actual title of this fine tune is
Eklunda's Polska #2 and it isn't from Dalarna either.... )

The Glasgow Wedding was written by Davy Stuart of Edinburgh, it is followed by Souvenez-Vous de Ceci, a tune that just seemed to come from my melodeon after I had been listening to music from Louisiana.

Golden Grove is named after a small place just outside Whitby in North Yorkshire, (also the name of one of the boats that is associated with Capt. James Cook ) This tune is followed by  Farewell To Connacht, The Bird In The Bush and John Stenson`s #2 These last three tunes have all been absorbed at various sessions. 

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