Some 'B' quality outtakes from our new CD Blackheath plus a live track, and some notes on the music.

Fiddle Hill Jig - Belle of the BallNick Jones & Alice Kirby
00:00 / 03:01

'Fiddle Hill Jig' was written by Ralph Page in 1967 - 'Belle of the Ball' I got from

Jason Rice; one of the Dartmoor tunes.

Lull Me Beyond Thee - DaphneNick Jones & Alice Kirby
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Both from the 1651 edition of John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master'.

Terpsichore CouranteNick Jones & Alice Kirby
00:00 / 01:33

From the Baroque dance collection Terpsichore (1612) by Michael Praetorius.

C Box tunesNick Jones
00:00 / 02:27

The only recording of me playing a Melodeon! (a one-row 4 stop in C).

Hang SorrowAlice Kirby
00:00 / 01:45

Another tune from the 1651 edition of Playford's Dancing Master.

Rose Tree - Brighton CampNick, Alice & Chris
00:00 / 03:20

From a gig somewhere in Northamptonshire.

Mahler 1 canonNick Jones
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A canon for accordion left & right hand. Tune is basically the French 'Frere Jacques' in the minor key; the funeral march from Mahler's 1st. Symphony.

The Mavis Sweetly SingsNick Jones & Alice Kirby
00:00 / 02:20

A tune by Henry Purcell - Mavis is an old name for a Thrush.

Never Weather Beaten SailNick Jones
00:00 / 02:19

A demo of this lovely tune by Thomas Campion (1567-1620).

The Vienna MarchNick Jones
00:00 / 01:09

From my tune book, (free PDF download from the 'Folk' page).

Written in Vienna in the 90s.

Liner notes for some of the CD tracks.

1 - ‘Blackheath’ is a dance we played for years ago, but always liked the tune. ‘The Goblin's Dance’ was inspired by Alice informing me that G minor is a good key for fiddles.

2 - ‘Coty House’ is sometimes called ‘Kit Coty’s Jig’; Kit's Coty House being the name of an ancient earthwork in Kent; from the 1686 edition of Playford’s Dancing Master.

4 - ‘Carpenter’s Maggot’ was a great find from the 1701 edition of the Dancing Master; can’t imagine what the dance is like. Not even attempting this one, fiddle only!

5 - 'TMPTEOTW' - I was walking down a back street in Ludlow in the 90s and emerged into the sunshine to see one of those 'The end is nigh' people with a sandwich board. For some reason it inspired a happy tune, which I found years later in my sketch book and worked into the final version presented here. Struggling for a title, I could only come up with the obvious!

7 - 'Black Crow' -  a tune with an asymmetrical feel to it, changing from 6/4 to 7/4 to 8/4 time and back again. Actually just a function or writing it down correctly; looks worse on paper than it is to play.

9 - ‘The Red Headed Girl’ was inspired by a special friend with red hair. D major with a C natural.

12 - ‘Northumberland Air’ won the 1996 ‘Tune for Northumberland’ competition. A Northumbrian pipe tune that I was inspired to record after my rendition of it was well received in a session at Sidmouth Festival.

13 - 'Broadwoodwidger' - pitched for a BBC Radio 4 live broadcast in 1972 and never used. Once again an asymmetrical time signature changing from 6/4 to 8/4, 9/4 and back again. I played the organ for our local flower festival in this village in Devon in the early 70s, and after everyone had gone home I was left alone at the organ and this tune appeared. It originally had chords but I think sounds better without. Another find from the sketch book.

15 - ‘Gavotte’, is also known as ‘Flute tune 29’, as it's the 29th. tune in a German baroque manuscript of flute tunes from 1732. Unfortunately, 80% of the tunes in this book are called Gavotte! Perhaps it needs a title? Some bars removed to make it fit the dance (Longways duple minor), makes a great English tune.

16 - 'Sicilienne' - Maria von Paradis was a pupil of Mozart and there are a few theories about the piece's origin, but it's generally ascribed to her.