Rod Stradling + Feckless

Rhythms of the Wold

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The Shameless Glutton

Written the morning after a splendid blow-out in the company of some of La Ciapa Rusa and their sax-playing, gormandising mate Marino Zeppa - of whom it was said!

The Sportsman's Hornpipe

This comes from the North, via John Offord and LNB.  A smashing tune; I could go on playing it forever...

Bonaparte's Retreat

A Blackwater Delta version of a favourite set-dance tune.  Learned from the playing of members of the Fermoy Ceoltas, one quiet Tuesday.

The Star Above the Garter / Polesana

A lovely Irish jig, played far too slowly, followed by an Italian one, from Calicanto, played far too loudly.

Highland Mary / Old Tom of Oxford

Two sidestep tunes from Bampton. The first - the most redolent, the second - the most fine.

Valsivien di Imo / Masurca Uaciacalpians / The Boys Of Balisadare

An Italian Waltz Vienna, again heard from my friends in Calicanto. It really is 32 bars of straight waltz - but you have to concentrate!  The second tune was written by my mate Enzo Conti from the glorious I Tre Martelli.  The name is in Piemontese dialect and means 'Look, he's crying' - in honour of an uncle who could get a little emotional at times.  I got the last one from England's finest, Tony Hall, and between us we've moved it a long way from the Irish original.

The Caswell Coconut Dance / Polstead Road

Alan Lamb wrote the first tune for the traditional Coconut dancers of Greens Norton who, it seems, had lost their original one during a pub brawl in Blakesley on the occasion of the World Soapbox-Racing Grand Prix of 1989 - all true, this!  I put the other one together ready to be rehearsed at a secret Tiger Moth practice in Oxford's Polstead Road Church Hall.  The band decided to split up instead!

Lewis James' Quadrille / La Peronista

The first one is made up of bits and pieces of a couple of tunes I used to play years ago.  The bit I left out was too tricksy by half!  The second one demonstrates the effects of the world famed Lamb's Partial Recall Syndrome on an otherwise quite harmless tune of Marc Perrone's.

The Sweetness of Mary

I learned this lovely tune from Jamie Wheeler of Bampton.  It comes from Cape Breton - and before that, Scotland, I shouldn't wonder.

Enrico / Ashling

Two tunes which aren't waltzes - played 'tastefully', to quote the producer, as if they were.  Hah!

Rock The Cradle, Joe / Norton Greens

An American tune Alan got from a record by Bertram Levi, a fine concertina player.  Greens Norton is the Northamptonshire village where Alan used to live and where he wrote the tune, or what remains of it.

The Kerry Mills Barndance / Brimfield

A really great little Irish hornpipe I learned from Jim Bainbridge, together with my all time favourite English one from Stephen Baldwin.

The Arkansas Schottische / The Weavers' March

Alan and I remembered and undoubtedly changed this French tune after a bar session with Michel Pichon at Pontardawe.  We think it sounds a bit like part of The Arkansas TravellerThe Weavers' March has been a favourite of mine for ages.

The Trip We Took Over the Mountains / Pive

An Irish/Scottish waltz which has me in its thrall at the moment.  Pive is an Italian piffero/musa tune, yet again from Calicanto.  I can't tell which is tune and which is harmony, so I play something in between.

Rod Stradling - 1991

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