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CoMando Tunes of the Week


Last updated: 24th May 2003

In April 1999 CoMando John Bird proposed the idea of a "Tune of the Week". A tune would be nominated, and a discussion would take place about the tune, problems of playing it, hints, tips, stories behind it, great recordings of it, etc. The very first tune was "Blackberry Blossom".

Various people have taken turns to be the "tunemeister" (the geezer what chooses the tunes of the week): George Hunt was 2nd, I was 3rd, John Bird took the helm again, followed by Donn Marshall. The present Tunemeister is Jim Coon.

The concept of TOW was that it would engender disscussion. There was never meant to be an actual repository of tunes available, because there are usually several ways of playing one tune. However, there was a demand for access to the tunes that were being talked about, so first Dave Berry [1] started putting MIDI files of some of them on his web site; then I tabbed out a few of them, and then the Co-Mando web site came into existence, and several of the tunes were held there in various formats.

001  Blackberry Blossom
ABC | Discussion |
002  Soldier's Joy
standard notation/tab | ABC | Discussion |
003  Boston Boy
ABC | Discussion |
004  Mississippi Sawyer
ABC | Discussion |
005  Cherokee Shuffle
standard notation/tab | Discussion | ABC |
006  Fire On the Mountain
standard notation/tab | Discussion | ABC |
12  Flowers of Edinburgh
standard notation/tab |
13  Needlecase
standard notation/tab |
14  Seneca Square Dance
standard notation/tab |
15  Denis Murphy's Polka
standard notation/tab |
16  4'33"
standard notation/tab |
17  Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle
standard notation/tab tab
18  Sgian Dubh
standard notation/tab |
19  Eleanor Plunkett
standard notation/tab |
20   Rock the Cradle Joe
standard notation/tab

21   Midnight On the Water
standard notation/tab

22   Tennessee Waltz
standard notation/tab

23   Grandfather's Clock
standard notation/tab

24   Planxty Fanny Powers
standard notation/tab

25   The Christ Child's Lullaby
standard notation/tab

26   Westphalia Waltz
standard notation/tab

27   Dermott Grogan's Hornpipe
standard notation/tab

28   Gandzia Polka
standard notation/tab

29   Cerdetshni
standard notation/tab

30   Clinch Mountain Backstep
standard notation/tab

31   Devil In the Kitchen
standard notation/tab

54   Star of the County Down
standard notation/tab | discussion | ABC |

69   Old Joe Clark
standard notation/tab

??   Salt Creek

??   Temperance Reel

CoMando listmember Dave Berry has a page of MP3 files of some of the the Tunes of the Week on his website.