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This catalogue contains all of the tunes I have written in the English and American social dance style. They are free to download. If you use any of these tunes please make a donation as it helps to buy Violin strings and manuscript paper. Please ensure that my name stays attached to each melody. Otherwise - enjoy! Thank you.
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Updated: 30th April 2020.

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266 2021 Beauxdy Hawk's Reel Reel32 Download: Written to celebrate the birth of our Grandson, Beauxdy Hawk on 27th March 2021. Listen here: and for those who wish, here is a Backing Track for Beauxdy's melody.
265 2020 Ruth Waltz32 Download: Written for our dear friend, Ruth Corkett following her long and brave battle with Cancer. In thanks Ruth for your friendship. Listen here: and for those who wish, here is a Backing Track for Ruth's melody.
264 2020 Tim Crossing the River Jig32 Download: Written for Tim Ford in celebration of his 70th Birthday. 25th Aptil 2020. Listen Here.
263 2019 Melody in D Waltz32 Download: Sometimes needs must. My adult guitar pupil was needing support in playing in 3/4 time, so as we played together, this melody grew and has helped overcome the problem. Written for melody voice and guitar accompaniment. Listen Here.
262 2019 Brexit Chaos Reel32 Download: As I write this the United Kingom is planning to leave the European Union amid much anger and turmoil in the nation. This tune is a cross little tune because that's how I feel about Brexit!! Listen Here.
261 2019 Waltz for Jean Waltz32 Download: Sadly, my old friend Jean Blomfield passed away recently. This tune is for her. We enjoyed many musicians' workshops, folk camp songs and family gatherings. Listen Here.
260 2019 Mr & Mrs Henderson's 50 Year March. Reel32 Download: Our good friends, here in France, Dave and Jane Henderson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this month. A great achievement and congratulations to them both. Here's a tune for you! Listen to MIDI version here
259 2019 Alice in France Reel32 Download: We were delighted this year to receive a visit from our good friend Alice White and her family from Berea, Kentucky, USA. We all had a good visit together and to celebrate I came up with this reel which I think has a French flavour! Listen to the Berea Castoffs sight reading this tune at a Contra Dance in Cincinnatti recently (NB - Live recording)
258 2019 Ragtime in Paris Hornpipe/Rag32 Download: I sat down with the idea for a fast American style Reel in my head. Quite quickly I reject those ideas, but this tune just grew naturally, which is by far the best way to write a tune.
257 2019 Everyday Reel Reel32 Download: This straight-forward reel could have multiple purposes. Contra dance, Ceilidh, or even played as a Hornpipe.The choice is yours.
256 1998/2018 The Dark Jig Jig32 Download:Winter is full of dark. This jig, started in 1998 and finished in 2018 reflects winter darkness.MIDI version here
255 2018 Dancing in the Fog Reel32 Download:This little tune popped into my head whilst driving through one of our local forests recently - in the Fog! I was quite interested how the opening of the B music was a little like the fog hanging around the trees......MIDI version here
254 2018 Harley's Reel Reel32 Download:Whilst having dinner with some lovely French friends my mind wandered away from the conversation and this reel grew in my mind. By the end of the meal I had written it down. Harley is the dog who was also at the dinner! MIDI version here
253 2018 Albert's March March32 Download: Albert Brown was my uncle. He was a soldier in World War 2 and gave his life fighting in Northern France in order to secure the freedoms we now experience as European Citizens. MIDI version here
252 2018 Peaceful Reel Reel32 Download: Today (11/11/2018) was the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the 1st World War. I finished this tune today amid peaceful thoughts (hence the title) and the hope that we are a mature world who can learn from the mistakes of our forebears. MIDI version here
251 2018 OneStop Coffee Shop Jig32 Download: One thing I miss when living in France is the excellent Coffee Shop cultures there are in England (and the USA). The French have not yet caught up with the idea of eating pastries when drinking coffee and certainly have no intention of letting you sit comfortably and read. This tune arrived in my head whilst trying to tnink of something to do in a French Bar!
250 2018 Danser en France Jig32 Download: This tune was completed in the week we decided to organise a social dance club in a local French village with a good American friend.
249 2018 Waltz for Cally Waltz32 Download: Cally Cheetham plays in both Celtiqua and in the "I Don't Know Band" - see Tune 240. Another great musical friend we have made since moving to France.
248 2018 Mr. Henderson's Jig Jig32 Download: David Henderson, is also a great friend here in France. He plays guitar and sings in our new band Celtiqua and in another local band called the "I Don't Know Band." See tune number - 240 - The I Don't Know Rag.
247 2018 Monsieur Roy's Trip to L'�le d'Orl�on. March32 Download: David Roy had become a good friend here in France. He sings with us, and us with him, and he plays wicked keyboard in our new band Celtiqua. For some reason this tune turned out to sound very English.
246 2018 Mr. Pollitt's Welcome (to France) Jig32 Download: I've only known Irish Fiddler Player, Geoff Pollitt for about 3 years, but I was delighted when he decided to move to our area of France. We've enjoyed playing music together and I've learned, from Geoff, a little about the species of Birds we have in this area. This tune is a "melange" of modern jig/pseudo Irish.
245 2018 The Summer Waltz Waltz32 Download: This is a simple flowing waltz which is good to play on a piano or mandolin. I enjoyed playing this recently with a second violin, so I have added a 2 part arrangement.
244 2018 The Dinosaur Jig Jig32 Download: In one of our local Bars - Chez "L" there appearer one day a 2.5 metre tall metal Dinosaur sculpture. I photographed it and resolved to write a tune for it. Click here to see the dinosaur!
243 2017 Waltzing in France Waltz32 Download: - Our good friends Diana Hultgren and Kent Gilbert were married in Berea, Kentucky in September 2017. This chose to spend the sencond week of their honeymoon with us at La Richardi�re, in France. I composed this wedding waltz in celebration of their marriage and their visit to France. Listen:
242 2017 The Brexit Jig Jig32 Download:Well somebody had to to do it! This is just for fun and not a serious composition. It is topical and reflects my opinion and thoughts about the Brexit decision.
241 2017 Good Morning March32 Download: This is a simple flowing tune in the English style, with simple chords, which I feel is a good candidate for a new English Dance. (que dance writers!)Click to Listen
240 2017 "I Don't Know Band" Rag Rag32 Download: Having moved to France and I am pleased to turn out with the "I Don't Know Band". They have kindly allowed me to play some instrumental numbers and the piano! So this tune is a new offering for them.
239 2016 Flames in the Fire Jig32 Download: The second of two experimental tunes for fiddle. This jig also needs a strong driving rhythm with percussive backing. Again, harmonic backing is probably not necessary. Here is an experimental recording.
238 2016 Autumn March March32 Download: The first of two experimental tunes for fiddle. This march needs a strong driving rhythm with percussive backing. Harmonic backing is probably not necessary.
237 2016 Aya's Celebration Jig32 Download: Written for our lovely new GrandDaughter, Aya's Christening in August 2016. Click here to listen to my recording. (4 x 32 bars)
236 2016 O'Shaughnessey's Reel Reel32 Download: Written for our good friend Martin O'Shaughnessy on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Listen to me play the reel. It is recorded 5x32 bars and the 4th time is a solo section for "spoons" which Martin played at his birthday party!
235 2016 Bugles in the Basket Hornpipe32 Download: A good swingy hornpipe (almost) style tune. Bugles are a French snack to accompany early evening apperos/drinks.
234 2015 M�lodie pour Enzo Waltz32 Download: Written for our newest neighbour, Enzo who was born in November 2015. A simple A music, but enjoy the twists and turns of the B music.Listen here.
233 2015 Swashbuckler's Waltz Waltz32 Download: Written for Mike and Gill Swash on the occasion of their final weekend as organisers of the Symonds Yat House Party and to celebrate the many happy and creative dance weekends they have organised over the years. Click here to listen to the tune played 4 times through.
232 2015 Dave Brown's Compliments to SIANSA Jig32 Download: I had the pleasure of playing with and meeting the Irish band SIANSA in July 2015. This Jig is my thank you to them for letting me join the band, albeit temporarily.
231 2015 Mr Haydn's Holiday Jig Jig32 Download: I took part in the Haydn Festival in La Roche Posay in September 2015. It was, apparently, Joseph Haydn's holiday. We played Beethoven?
230 2015 Petit Pressigny Waltz Waltz32 Download: Having moved to France in 2015 this Waltz is named after our nearest village, Le Petit Pressigny.
229 2015 Arthur's Lullaby Waltz32 Download: This Waltz was written to celebrate the birth of my Grandson Arthur - 21/2/2015. Click here to listen to the tune.
228 2015 Mouton Rouge Waltz32 Download: This waltz was written to celebrate the Chinese year of the Sheep/Goat.
227 2014 Dream Bug Reel Reel32 Download: This tune was written around the time our daughter, Min was having trouble sleeping. We invented stories about "Dream Bugs". Did it help? Probably not and this lively, jazzy and driving tune would certainly not help anyone trying to sleep. The other spin off is that I ended up writing 3 short children's books starting with "The Glimps and the Case of the Dream Bugs." Probably OK for 8-12 years olds, but certainly not great literature.
226 2014 My Birthday Waltz Waltz32 Download: I also wrote this waltz tune to celebrate my 60th birthday. It's quite a modern sounding waltz and needs to be played with a swing. Here's a quick one-take recording
225 2014 My Birthday Jig Jig32 Download: I wrote this tune shortly before my 60th birthday in March 2014. I was delighted to recieve birthday tunes from Jonathan Jensen, Al White and George Paul which had been commissioned by my wife and daughter. Here's a quick one-take recording.
224 2013 The Last Tune of the Year Jig32 Download: As it says - this was the last tune I wrote in 2013.
223 2013 The Sweet Tooth Reel Reel32 Download:
222 2013 The Pudding Waltz Waltz32 Download:
221 2013 Yesterday's Dinner Jig32 Download:
220 2013 Advent Bells Polka Reel32 Download:
219 2013 Oscar Rising Reel32 Download: Oscar is our first Grandchild, so this lively tune is the celebration of his arrival. Listen here
218 2012 Four Marks March March32 Download: For the Four Marks Band in Hampshire, England.
217 2010 Painting in the Kitchen Reel32 Download: That's just what I was doing around the time this tune was created.
216 2012 What Might Have Been? Waltz32 Download: A haunting tune for those whose dreams may not have been what they wished. Listen here
215 2013 Danish Delight Waltz32 Download: for my Granddaughter Zoe born in August 2013. This tune can be played in the style of a Scandinavian Hambo. Here is a rehearsal recording of Zoe's Tune Danish Delight"
214 2013 Faraway Zoe Reel32 Download:for my Granddaughter Zoe born in Denmark. August 2013
213 2013 Queen Elizabeth's Contra Jig32 Download: A slightly experimental tune. Looking for a chance to play this!
212 2013 Pink Pigtails Jig48 Download: Written for Maureen Knight for her XXth birthday and a dance written by John Meechan. Download Dance
211 2013 Painted Tails Jig48 Download: English style 48 bar Jig.
210 2013 Century Jig Jig32 Download: This tune was written in 2013. The year in which my fiddle was 100 Years Old!
209 2011 A Trip to Hobro Reel32 Download: - Hobro is in Northern Denmark where our son Ben used to live with his partner and children.
208 2012 ABC Reel32 Download:Written for Alan Corkett (Whose initials were A.B.C.). He was a great accordionist and a good friend.
207 2012 The Librarian Jig32 Download: Elaine Meechan played the piano in our band Skylark) for many years. When she retired from her professional role of school librarian I marked the occasion by writing this modern Jig tune which I, of course, named The Librarian.
206 2012 Casterton Girls Reel32 Download:Written whilst playing at the Casterton dance weekend which is based in the renound Casterton Girls School.
205 2011 Flat Joe's Jig Jig32 Download:Whilst Joe White was working away from home his family kept him close at heart by taking a life-sized cardboard cut out of Joe where-ever they went.
204 2011 Annecy Waltz Waltz32 Download: Written whilst taking our summer holiday in Annecy, France.
203 2012 Fare-well-come-home March32 Download: My son Ben and his partner Line moved to Denmark in 2012 and this tune said Farewell and Welcome at the same time.
202 2011 Century Reel Reel32 Download: My fiddle was due to be 100 years old in the near future. here is a celebration reel.
201 2011 Luka's jig Jig32 Download: Luka is the name of one of my daughter's many, many cuddly toys!
200 2011 Jig in A Jig32 Download: It's a Jig and it's in A Major. Nothing more.
199 2011 Avallon Jig32 Download: A simple Jig written in France in 2011. Avallon is a small village in central France.
198 2011 Ugine Jig32 Download: Another simple Jig, also written in France in 2011. Ugine is a small town near Annecy.
197 2011 Ni Wa Wa Polka Polka32 Download: Ni Wa Wa is a Chinese children's song about a Mud Doll". This simple tune grew from that song. It also has a striking similarity to more Western songs such as Little Brown Jug. Simple to play and a good practice piece for a beginner.
196 2012 What's That Tune? Jig32 Download: This was a new tune which I written on the afternoon of a dance. We played it, untitled, that evening and when we had finished two people rushed up to the stage and asked, "What's that tune?". Until that moment it didn't have a name. I hope they liked the tune and weren't disappointed when I sent a copy to them as we did play it quite well that evening and with just a little improvisation. It's quite a haunting little piece and a great vehicle for atmospheric improvisation from the accompanying musicians as well as the main melody player(s).
195 2011 The Old Post Office reunion Ragtime32 Download: I met some old friends in a lovely Bistro in Wales which was once an old Post Office. MIDI
194 2007 Theo-Odessy Reel32 Download: Written for Theo Dunphy who is the son of Kathryn (of Skylark) and James Dunphy..
193 2011 Dave Brown's Compliments to Levi Broadbridge Reel32 Download: This tune was written for Levi Broadbridge born to Aidan and Annette Broadridge. A 32 bar reel suitable for Contra Dance, but with a mixed Scots/American flavour as appropriate for Levi's parents. Simone Verheyen wrote a great and flowing 4 couple becket formation dance called LEVITATION to be accompanied by this tune. Click here to listen to an MP3 of this tune.
192 2009 Accolade for Alan Reel32 Download: The dance, written by John Meechan, is available here. Listen to Accolade for Alan here
191 2009 Remembering Alan Jig32 Download: The dance, written by John Meechan, is available here. Listen to Remembering Alan here
190 2009 Un-named Road Jig32 Download: I was looking for a dark and atmospheric tune to start a Contra Dance and couldn't come up with one immediately, because it needed to go like this......... and a new tune was born. The dance that weekend was at a venue on a road without a name.
189 2008 MinJig Jig32 Download: Written for our daughter MinXian. Listen to Skylark playing this melody.
188 2010 Mud Doll Jig32 Download: Many children in Asian countries create dolls to play with out of all sorts of materials. This tune was inspired by a Chinese song about a a mud doll who became a little girl's friend and her family.
187 2010 Misty Dawn Jig32 Download:
186 2010 Ham Sandwiches Jig32 Download: Guess what I was doing whilst writing this tune! A good driving Jig which I think would suit a flowing contra dance. The tune does not end, but instead it builds up from the end of the B music into the next A. Something good contra dancers love to do as there is no break or hesitation from the end of one turn of the dance to the start of the next turn.
185 2010 Taking Tea with Deborah Reel32 Download:Deborah Payne is a great Kentucky fiddle player and singer. We enjoyed taking tea with her at her house in Berea and playing music together. This tune is to remember that occasion.
184 2009 Shelter from the Storm Reel32 Download: - A darker, driving and menacing tune. Little bit of an Eastern musical feel in the B section.
183 2008 MINistry of Fun. Hornpipe/Swing32 Download: I like to play this with a strong swing backing. You're lucky if you have musicians who can achieve this for you, otherwise, select a suitable keyboard backing to maintain the feel of the music throughout. All quavers (8th notes) to be played unequally 2/3rds and 1/3rd of the beat..
182 2009 There's a Bear Coming! Reel32 Download: - At the same barbeque, our daughter who was 2 years old, came running towards us shouting "There's a bear coming!". As we don't have native bears in the British Isles I can only guess what she was imagining. It caused us some amusement.
181 2009 Fixin' Up the Barbeque Reel32 Download: - composed while waiting for the Barbeque to light on a very pleasant day in Wales.
180 2010 American Quizine Reel32 Download:Staying with Kent Gilbert in Berea, Kentucky (American) is always a great pleasure as he is a great cook (Cuisine) and raconteur, and we're always left guessing what he will choose to do next! (Quiz)
179 2010 A New Tune Reel32 Download:This is a new tune suitable for a dance - possibly a Contra Dance? (We played this once along with Lady Gaga's Bad Romance - just an idea!)
178 2010 Duplicity Jig32 Download: A commission from Mark Elvins was readily accepted and this fairly modern sounding Jig evolved.
177 2009 The Lotus Blossom Waltz32 Download: - An oriental connection for our daughter Min.
176 2008 Smudge the Dog March Reel32 Download:: A tune written on my mandolin and named after my daughter's small fluffy dog - Smudge. I was delighted that the tune was recorded by the Halsway Manor Millennium Players on their CD "10 years on". Smudge the dog is the second tune - the first tune is by George Paul called Pokey's Reel. Download CD Track
175 2008 Shanghai Calypso Hornpipe32 Download:Having just returned from a trip to China the title just sort of seem appropriate for a happy tune.
174 2008 China Joy Jig32 Download:
173 2008 Using the Spoon Reel32 Download: Something every child has too learn. The day our daughter used her spoon for the first time I penned this tune on my mandolin accompanied by some spoon percussion!
172 2007 The Yarn Market Jig32 Download: I played for some dance weekends at the Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster.
171 2008 Min is Here! Reel32 Download: A great reel which expresses the joy we felt when our daughter arrived.
170 2008 Waiting for Amy-Nedd Reel32 Download:
169 2008 Waiting for Min Xian Reel32 Download:
168 2007 Tree Crash Reel Reel32 Download Tune only: Sadly, Colin Hume had a car accident on his way to call a dance. (He was OK!) During the dance I wrote this tune and Trevor Monson wrote a dance. Download Dance instructuions and the Tune. We performed it that evening.
167 2007 Les Petites Cigognes Waltz32 Download: Les Petites Cigognes is a delighful place to visit in the Southern Loire, France.
166 2007 Massive in the Massif March32 Download: Written in the central Massif, France, during our summer vacation.
165 2007 Mont Dore Reel32 Download:
164 2007 The Polychromatic Gentleman Jig32 Download: This tune was written for Chris Turner's ??th birthday. John Meechan wrote a dance - download. I mis-read the name of the dance Polychromic Gentleman (referring to Chris' penchant for colourful clothes) and titled my tune the Polychromatic Gentleman - more musical in meaning. Listen to Skylark playing this melody.
163 2007 Chris Turner's Other Jig Jig32 Download: - Whilst preparing a tune for Chris Turner's birthday dance (See tune and dance 164) I actually came up with two tunes. This is the other one!
162 2007 Lark in Blue Jig 9/832 Download: See below (161) this is the second of 2 modern Slip Jigs. Listen to Skylark's track from their CD "Spreading our Wings"
161 2007 Sky Slip Jig 9/832 Download: There was a trend to dance Contra Dances to other traditional rhythms. This my effort at writing a pair of "modern" Slip Jigs (See 162 - Lark in Blue) which we used for Contras such as "Any Jig Will Do." Listen to Skylark playing the set of 2 tunes - Sky Slip (161) and Lark in Blue (162)
160 2006 Skylark Blues Jig32 Download: I wrote/constructed this sequence (based on a 12 bar blues) to add to a set of Jigs played by our band SKYLARK. It turned out to be a popular set of tunes and when this "blues" section was played at the end, the more adventurous dancers would become animated and begin to jive and improvise, thus providing energy and excitement to the dance. Here is SKYLARK playing the SKYLARK BLUES which was preceded, and followeed by, Joel Mabus' Blue Jig.
159 2005 Let it all hang out! Jig32 Download:Not sure where this title came from, but the tune is not neat or restrained in any way!
158 2006 Do you Wanna Dance With Me? Reel32 Download: I know I wrote this reel, but I think it's great. A driving and exciting reel which is great for contra dances. Listen here!
157 2007 White Horse Waltz Waltz32 Download: Where I live in Wiltshire there are many White Horses carved into the hillside. Some have been here since the Viking invasions in the 9th Century.
156 2006 Miss Claire Moir Waltz32 Download: Written for Claire Eden (Moir) - Wellington - New Zealand on the occasion of her wedding to Gerard. Listen by Skylark on their CD "SKYLARK" .
155 2006 G&C Reel32 Download: Couldn't go to Gerard and Claire's wedding in New Zealand, so I sent them some music instead. Listen to G&C as I recorded it for Claire and Gerard's Wedding CD
154 2006 Mr and Mrs. Eden Strathspey32 Download: I couldn't go to Gerard and Claire's wedding in New Zealand, so I sent them some music instead. Listen to Mr & Mrs Eden
153 2005 The Barking of the Shins Jig32 Download:
152 2005 Blue car Jig Jig32 Download: Well, my car was blue!
151 2005 Home again Reel32 Download: The first tune written on returning to England in 2005. The empty kitchen acoustics were a pleasure to experience.
150 2005 Leaping Lewis Reel32 Download: Lewis is my Great Nephew. He's a lively chap and so this is a lively tune. Here is an extract from my CD Connections.
149 2004 Rumble in the Jungle Jig32 Download: We stayed in the Malaysian Jungle close to Khota Baru in 2004. Next to our wooden hut accommodation there was a newly completed accommodation block which was unoccupied. The corridors were tiled and when I played my fiddle it acted like a huge reverberation system! This tune sounded great in that place. Listen to my recording from the CD Connections. https://www.dlbmusic.org.uk/downloads/mp3/rumbleinthejungle.mp3
148 2004 Swakopmund Lass Reel32 Download: While staying in Swakopmund, Namibia we enjoyed an evening singing and playing music with a young woman called Nelise.
147 2004 Kuala Tahan Reel32 Download: Kuala Tehan is a beautiful jungle area in North Eastern Malaysia where we spent a pleasant few days. There is quite a large Muslim population in the Jungle and this gave rise to the more Eastern sounding nature of the tune.
146 2004 Jig on the Scaffold Jig48 Download: Written in Berea, Kentucky when we were staying on a road called Scaffold Pike. It's a 48 bar Jig with some significant movement in the B music which would suit setting or balancing - maybe!
145 2004 Turtle Bay Waltz32 Download: Turtle Bay is a tranquil Bay on an island called Perhentian Bazar in the South China sea. An excellent diving venue. Listen to my recording from the CD Connections
144 2004 Moonstone Waltz Waltz32 Download:.
143 2003 Rachael's March March32 Download: Written for my neice Rachael Collard. A confident little tune!
142 2003 David's Dilemma Reel32 Download: Written for my nephew Davd Collard. It's an appropriately lively tune. Listen. The second tune is Leaping Lewis (150). Lewis is my Great-Nephew.
141 2003 Charlotte Waltz32 Download: A very simple waltz tune written, by request, for Barry McNamara's grandaughter Charlotte. Click here to listen to a Midi version of this tune.
140 2002 Felcity Waltz32 Download Melody: There is also a version of this download with a dance by Colin Hume. Click here for FELICITY + dance Instructions. and here for an MP3 file 4 x 32 bars..
Before Colin Hume wrote this dance I recorded this tune at a different tempo and 8 times through. Click here to listen. I wonder which version you prefer?
This tune has also been recorded by Bare Necessities on their CD Invitation to Waltz - Vol 14 of their country dance series.
139 2001 Junior Waltz32 Download: Written to celebrate the birth of Christopher Day.
138 2001 Tom Tiddler Jig32 Download: - Written for my nephew Thomas Bird when he was very small. Here is a recording from my CD Connections.
137 1996 Reel Blanc Reel32 Download:
136 1996 Reel Rouge Reel32 Download:
135 1996 Harvard Heights Reel32 Download:Written in a district of Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom which was called Harveard Heights. MIDI version
134 1996 Release Reel32 Download: This is a raggy style of tune, which is probably best played in a slower swing style, although a faster version is also fun to play. You choose. MIDI version
133 1996 Patience Waltz32 Download: Written for my wife - Patience. Recently Sharon Green wrote a dance for this tune. Download the Dance
Download MP3 file of Dave playing "Patience". Download MIDI or Download a 2 Part arrangement.
132 1996 Home on the Hill Waltz32 Download:Written to remember the time I lived in Woollas Hall in Eckington, Worcestershire. A lovely Jacobean Manor House set on the slopes of Bredon Hill. Download MP3 file of Dave playing "Home on the Hill and Patience".
131 1995 Lack of Patience Jig32 Download: A week when Patience (my wife) was away from home working - it's a sad tune and quite atmospheric. MIDI
130 1995 Columbine Waltz32 Download:
129 1995 The Empty Years Waltz32 Download:Sad waltz written at Halsway Manor In October 1995.
128 1995 Miss Rosie Bird Jig32 Download:Written for my niece Rosie Bird. Here is a recording of me playing this tune on my CD CONNECTIONS.The second tune is called the Arborist.
127 1994 Dandelion Whine Jig32 Download:
126 1994 Jig for Bob Jig32 Download: Bob England was an Australian teaching colleague with whom I shared many skiing holidays before he sadly passed away in 1994.
125 1994 Protherough's Jig Jig32 Download: Dave Protherough was a Gloucestershire Rugby player and a good supporter of the school in which I taught.
124 1994 Jig for Catherine Jig32 Download: I spent a small amount of time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Catherine Chope was an elderly neighbour to the house in which I staying. As I had time on my hands, I undertook a few small tasks to help her out. One day she asked if I'd like a drink and produced a bottle of Whisky which she had saved from her wedding 50 years before. She opened it and we drank together. I wrote her this tune, but sadly she died before I could play it to her. She was a lovely old lady.
123 1994 Mona Lisa Hornpipe32 Download: - I saw THE "Mona Lisa" for the first time in 1994. I was very disappointed. Now, I live just South of Amboise, Central France, where the retirement home of Leonardo Da Vinci, Clos Luc� is situated next to the Chateau. I am in no way disappointed with that. It's well worth a visit.
122 1994 15 Dollar Coke Reel32 Download: - Whilst visiting Paris with an American friend we ordered large cokes as it was very hot. To our surprise they simply added together the cost of 3 smaller cokes" 15 Dollars for 500ml was a bit too much I think. Tourists beware - check the price first.
121 1994 Heatherington's Hornpipe Hornpipe32 Download: - Having spent some time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I used to visit an Irish Bar called Heatherinton's. I wrote this tune after an afternoon's session at the bar.
120 1993 Heidi's Waltz Waltz32 Download:- Written in June 1993 for Heidi Chapman - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
119 1993 Laura's Swing Jig32 Download: - Written at the Eastbourne festival. Brian Jones (caller) was teaching a class for beginner's country dance and wanted to demonstrate a swing with his daughter Laura. I was "put on the spot" and, as I couldn't immediately think of a suitable jig to play, I improvised something like this tune which I wrote down later that morning! Here's the track from my CD Gingerbread and Moonshine.
118 1992 Miss Kirsty Rose March32 Download:A great tune for Kirsty my niece, which I revised in 2005 when I recorded it on my CD Connections.
117 1987 Katharine The Great Waltz32 Download: - Written for my neice Katharine who is simply GREAT! I was pleased that, in 2013, Maureen Hill sent me a lovely dance to accompany this tune. I have included the instructions with this download.
116 1987 Pip Squeak March32 Download:written for my neice Philippa who was, when she was young, known for a while as "Pip".
115 1986 Elegance English March32 Download: - A more elegant English style tune. See arrangements and dances on my Arrangement catalogue. Listen to this melody played here on my CD Connections.
114 1986 Jolity Reel32 Download:Simple March which I thought was quite jolly.
113 1986 March for Joy Reel32 Download: When I first started working in 1975 I lived in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. I quickly met a couple, Lionel and Joy Parkhouse, who were "organisers" of Folk related activities in the area. They kindly introduced me to lots of people and through them I gained access to many events where I could play and learn. This tune is for Joy Parkhouse.
112 1986 Fall-Out Jig Jig32 Download: I wrote this follow the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. It's a tortuous and challenging Jig and maybe by the end you'll feel somewhat stressed and uneasy - well - job done!
111 1986 Bridge of Athlone Jig32 Download:We were always being asked by callers to play for the Bridge of Athlone at Barn Dances. I could never find a traditional tune for this dance and so I wrote one! Here it is.
110 1986/2018 The Verity Polka Polka32 Download: This tune was found on an old piece of manuscript r ecentlyin my studio (2018). I liked the opening part and the new B music came very easily and naturally. I played it through several times with my sister-in-law, Verity (hence the name of the tune) and we came up with the final bars of the B music which provides a strong driving return to the opening of the melody.
109 1986 Patter 2 Reel32 Download: - Spent a lot of time in the 1980s playing patter tunes for Square dances. It seemed a shame to waste a good tune, so I created these chord sequences + simple melody. The trick is to add great improvisations to enhance the sequence.
108 1986 Patter No:1 Reel32 Download: - I spent a lot of time in the 1980s playing patter tunes for Square dances. (Quite boring to play actually, and I thought it wasted a good tune to just play some chords, so I wrote a few ideas giving space for copious amounts of improvisation). I wrote a Fiddle part for this recently as this has proved to be a useful teaching tool when players have asked, "What do I play when the caller is calling a square dance?"
107 1986 Colin's Shirt Reel32 Download: - At the Sidmouth festival in 1986 the caller, Colin Hume, announced one day that he had "run out of shirts", so I started a collection and we bought him a shirt which he dutifully put on at the next dance. I had, therefore, to write a tune to commemorate the occasion. The tune, and a new dance by Colin, can be found in his book Squares with a Difference Vol.1
106 1986 Now We Are 8 Reel32 Download:Written to celebrate a young friend's 8th birthday.
105 1986 Autumn Glory March32 Download:Written in March, but probably wasn't named until the following Autumn.
104 1986 Red Tail Rag Hornpipe32 Download:Just a Raggy Hornpipe. As I was writing this tune I seem to remember a bird, outside the window, which had a red tail! (q.e.d.). Here's the track from my CD Gingerbread and Moonshine - the second tune is Church Flowers (076).
103 1985 The Royal Engagement March32 Download:Written at the time of Prince Charles' engagement to Diana.
102 1985 Cardigan Jig32 Download:A comfortable and gentle Jig ( a bit like the comfort of a good caridigan which I'm only now beginning to appreciate.)
101 1985 Port and Starbord March32 Download: Written for the EFDSS recording by Wild Thyme of the dances in the Captain's Ceilidh collection. It is a second tune for the well known tune "Goodbye Girls, we're going to Boston". Here is the tune, played by Wild Thyme, from the Captain's Ceilidh recording.
100 1985 Doodles Reel32 Download: Just the result of some idle doodling of notes on my fiddle. Something about it stuck in my mind to make this tune.
099 1983 Mark in Thyme March32 Download: Written for my son Mark. At the time I played in the band - Wild Thyme - hence the title. Here is a recording of me playing the tune on my CD - CONNECTIONS..
098 1984 Colouring the Moon Waltz32 Download: A simple little Waltz with an air of night-time about it. (At least that's what somebody told me. The title may have come from a smaller family member colouring a picture of the moon - who knows?
097 1984 The Old 97 Reel32 Download: Written just for fun and with that old song in mind - The Wreck of the Old 97. I guess the train would have been travelling along happily prior to the wreck happening! That's the bit my tune reflects.
096 1983 Meg O' Lymm Jig32 Download: Written for my niece Megan who live in Lymm in Cheshire (hence the title.) I enjoyed recording this track as the improvisation section was, I think, a delightful contrast to the melody. We use this tune in our dance club here in France for a variety of different dances, but always dances with a smooth feel. Listen to a recording from my CD CONNECTIONS:
095 1983 Free Wheeling March32 Download: I like this tune. It's got the essence of of a "Big Movie Theme" played with the right orchestration. With the suspensions in the B music it does feel grand (to me!).
094 1984 The Mystery March32 Download:I guess it was simply a mystery where this tune came from.
093 1983 Ashton Hill Reel32 Download: This was written to remember Bredon Hill which is situated near to Ashton-Under-Hill, Evesham in Worcestershire. Listen to me playing this melody.
092 1982 Strawberries and Cream March32 Download: A straightforward flowing march like tune with 16 bar phrases, so useful to convert to 48 bar or 64 bar dances.
091 1984 Fields of Corn Waltz32 Download:Waltz recorded on my CD "Outside of the Square" along with the waltz "Celtic Rose" (Tune 87). In this recording (as it was the second tune in the track and I was heading towards the climax of the track) we hear the tune once through and then it seems like I had great fun improvising to the melody/chords.
090 1984 Rags and Tatters Ragtime32 Download: - The tune is named after the two dogs owned by our good friends Mike and Hazel Cole from whom I learned a great deal about traditional country dance.
089 1984 Slip, Slip, Slip Jig Slip Jig32 Download:I've always tried to be a bit experimental with my music and this is no exception. I have to confess elements of Dave Brubeck in this one. See tune 88 "Celtic War Chant" as another experimental example.
088 1984 Celtic War Chant Jig32 Download: This is an experimental piece with changing time signatures.
087 1984 Celtic Rose Waltz32 Download: Written on my recorder after a particularly heated argument with a colleague the result of which I was calm and this rather beautiful tune arrived. The result of the argument - no idea.
Listen here to the CD track I recorded for my CD Outside of the Square - the second tune on this recording is Fields of Corn (Tune 91).
086 1984 1984 Jig32 Download: - The tune is named after the George Orwell book, 1984, which was in the news a great deal at the beginning of 1984! It is written in 4 parts and so can easily be adapted to a 24 / 40 / 48 bars if needed.
085 1983 Silverwood Jig32 Download: - A commissioned tune by Audrey and Bris Brisley to celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary. I believe that Fried de Metz Herman has also used the tune for a dance.
084 1983 North Sea Jig32 Download:........and that's exactly where the tune was written! On a ferry from Harwich to Goetenburg as we set off for a dance tour in Sweden. (It cured the sea sickness anyway.)
083 1985 The Bugle Boy Hornpipe32 Download:I thought the opening phrases of this hornpipe were a bit like a trumpet fanfare.
082 1983 The Quantock Air March32 Download:Written whilst staying at Halsway Manor. There's a little play on words as the tune is a march and not an air, but the air on the Quantock hills is certainly very refreshing.
081 1983 The Lowlights of Halsway Jig32 Download:Written whilst staying at Halsway Manor. I've only ever played one dance by candle light. Most interesting when a dancer waltzes by and the blows out the candle. Fortunately, the power was restored for the last 2 dances.
080 1985 The Arborist Reel32 Download: - Written for my son Ben who was a tree surgeon/arborist at the time. Here is an extract from my CD "Connections" where this tune is the second tune in the track.
079 1982 Mad Meg Reel32 Download:
078 1982 Woodworm Way Reel32 Download: - Written whilst recoering at a certain recording studio with a similar name!
077 1982 Jaffa's Jog March32 Download: Written for John and Elvyn Blomfield's dog - Jaffa. I wasn't a dog person in those days, so I didn't appreciate how much a dog could be a good companion. We now have 2 dogs and I can appreciate their loyalty and companionship, although I would still say I'm not really a dog person (my family may disagree with that statement as I do actually like our dogs.)
076 1982 Church Flowers Hornpipe32 Download: In the time it takes to go to the local church to arrange some flowers I had stayed at home and wrote this tune. I really like the swingy nature of this tune and think that most Hornpipes, in the 21st century, need to be played with this type of swing feel.
075 1982 Square Root Reel Reel32 Download:An overture piece for the Band "Square Root" led by Mic Spenceley.
074 1982 Lazy "H" Hornpipe32 Download:A Hornpipe with a certain swing about it. I have no idea where the title came from so your guess is as good as mine.
073 1981 Beckford Bridge Reel32 Download: I used to live next to a small bridge in the village of Beckford in Gloucestershire.
072 1982 On the Back Burner Jig32 Download:This tune was first written in 1982 and I revised it recently, so appears here in its new form ready for publication in my Facebook page Dave Brown's 365 Tunes and arrangements.
071 1982 Mervyn Jackson's Rag Ragtime32 Download: - This tune resulted from a beginner's class in tune writing. As an opening technique, and to support the less confident writers, I suggested the idea of taking the rhythm of a well-known tune and writing a new tune based on that rhythm. It was a good "support" structure and some very interesting pieces of music were created. This was my effort. (With acknowledgements to Pat Shaw and Levi Jackson's Rag.)
070 1982 You've Gotta Dance March32 Download:A good strident and lively marching tune suitable for many different traditional party dances.
069 1981 Trafalgar Square Reel32 Download: Written to Accompany a dance in the EFDSS Publication Captain's Ceilidh.
Listen to Wild Thyme playing the Trafalgar Square on the accompanying recodrding published in 1986.
068 1982 The Unattached Waltz Waltz32 Download:Just to prove to myself that I can write traditional sounding tunes. Unusually, this tune has no special attachment.
067 1981 Southsea Crumble March32 Download: - Written to Accompany a dance in the EFDSS Publication Captain's Ceilidh.
066 1982 The Deep Sea Diver Air Jig32 Download: -
065 1982 Swilling the Scotch Jig32 Download: - Something I can't quite do in the same way these days.
064 1982 Ballooning March32 Download: - I used to live near to a popular public house (Pub/Bar) on the Cotswold hills called "The Air Balloon". There were many such balloons in the area and I wrote this tune after watching a particularly colourful hot air balloon battle against the wind. Maybe the dips into Bb represent the dipping and didving of the balloon. There is a 2 part arrangement of this tune, with piano accompaniment, in my Arrangement Catalogue (A078)Listen here
063 1982 Paper Stars March32 Download:. - A simple tune. Probably good for a beginner. I think I can actually play this on the Accordion. (Not something you would want to hear!) MIDI version here
062 1982 Ensign Rag Rag32 Download:. Written for the dance Boston Tea Party by Jean Butler and included in the EFDSS publication Captain's Ceilidh. Click on the link to hear Wild Thyme's track from the Record "Captain's Ceilidh"
061 1982 Step It Out Rant32 Download:. A Rant. Don't usually write rants.......? MIDI version here
060 1982 Roll Away March32 Download:. A simple flowing and smooth march tune. MIDI version here
059 1981 Saucy Sailor Jig32 Download: Written to accompany a dance in the EFDSS Publication Captain's Ceilidh. It was some time later I came across a traditional melody with the title Saucy Sailor and so I changed my tune's title to the "New" Saucy Sailor. Listen to Wild Thyme playing the NEW SAUCY SAILOR.
058 1981 Peter's Galleon Jig64 Download: Written to Accompany a dance in the EFDSS Publication Captain's Ceilidh. Listen to Wild Thyme's Recording:
057 1981 Jolly Roger Jig32 Download:. - I think this is good "jump up and down" Ceilidh tune firmly in the English traditional style. Wild Thyme's track from Captain's Ceilidh.
056 1981 Mary Rose Jig32 Download:. This is a very slow and lyrical jig to go with the dance in the "Captain's Ceilidh" collection. Listen to Wild Thyme playing this melody on their CD recorded for the Captain's Ceilidh dances.
055 1981 Wickham Jambouree Reel32 Download:
054 1981 Cotton Reel Reel32 Download:
053 1981 Petits Pieds March32 Download:. A gentle tune in the English Playford style c. 1700. MIDI version here
052 1981 The Power to Choose Jig32 Download:.- Not sure where this title came from
051 1981 Blue Days Hornpipe32 Download:.- Well - we've all had one of those. Good tune though. Nothing Blue about it at all. I'm playing it here as tune two in a set with Heatherinton's hornpipe from my CD Outside of the Square
050 1981 Carpet Bags March32 Download: A simple march like tune in the English style. Listen here.
049 1981 Fading Colours March56 Download:- A tune that may be simple, but it is very effective and atmospheric when played gently and sensitively. The last 8 bars change from March rhythm to Jig Rhythm. Listen here.
048 1981 The Oak Apple Processional March32 Download:.In 1981 I took part in the Oak Apple Procession in Great Wishford, Wiltshire. There were several of us camping nearby and we created a processional dance, for which I wrote the tune, and we processed in this ancient ceremony. Don't believe the folklorist who "discovered" this new dance, and published it along with my music, in the year after it was first performed. (Debate!) There was a signed copy of the tune and the dance in Great Wishford Village Hall. I wonder where it is now?
047 1981 The Singing Jig Jig32 Download:A more lyrical jig. The start of the B music is a great opportunity to encourage your dancers to sing along! Not everyone's cup of tea, but great fun if you are in the middle of the dance floor.
046 1981 New Year Blues Jig Jig32 Download:There's nothing very subtle about this jig. It just a great end of party romp, so play this with a strong driving beat and maybe let the band members improvise to their hearts content. A fun way to start the New Year!Listen - rehearsal recording.
045 1981 Windrush Rag March32 Download: - Dance-With-In-Tent, Folk Camp Society, 1981
044 1981 Anchors Aweigh Jig32 Download:. Recorded on Captain's Ceilidh - EFDSS - 1983.
043 1981 Double Gloucester Reel Reel32 Download:. - Living in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom for 15 years allowed me to try many local cheeses. My favourite, at that time, was Double Gloucester. This reel is fast and challenging and, unusually, it has 48 bars which is a useful tool to have one's band repertoire for the occasional dance which requires a longer tune.
042 1981 Jig For Two (Jig 42) Jig32 Download:.A simple Jig. It would suit a beginner musician or a beginner band.
041 1981 Capstan Fiddler Jig32 Download: This tune was used to accompany a dance in the EFDSS Publication Captain's Ceilidh. Listen to Wild Thyme's Recording 1986
040 1981 Reel for Tea (Reel40) Jig32 Download: This tune has a good stong rhythm and has more of the style of a polka.
039 1981 The Inaccessible Pinnacle Hornpipe32 Download: The Inaccessible Pinnacle is in Berea, Kentucky. This tune was named by Charlie Schindler, a Berea resident.
038 1981 Jig 38 Jig32 Download:
037 1981 March-in-G (Marching?) March32 Download:
036 1980 Tayler's Hornpipe Hornpipe32 Download: A straight forward traditional English style hornpipe. I have long since forgotten who, or what, gave rise to the name of Tayler's Hornpipe.
035 1980 Jean's Jig Jig32 Download: - Written for Jean Butler who wrote many fine English country dances.
034 1980 Katie's Tune Jig96 Download:- Written for Katie Butler and for the dance by Jean Butler in Dance-With-In-Tent".
033 1980 Flag Dance Jig, Waltz and Reel Jig+32 Download: - To accompany a Flag Dance created by England's Glory Ladies Morris Dance team. There is a set of connected tunes Waltz + Jig + Reel for the sequence.
032 1980 Angus' Hat Reel32 Download: - Written for a dance by Jean Butler to celebrate the purchase of Angus Purdie's new "Deer Stalker Hat" on a shopping trip to Gloucester.
031 1980 The Blowing Stone March32 Download: - For the dance of the same name by Jean Butler. The Blowing Stone is a perforated sarsen stone, located in a garden at the foot of Blowingstone Hill just south of the Icknield Way (B4507), at Kingston Lisle, near Uffington, in the English county of Oxfordshire. An interesting ancient relic.
030 1981 Jig 30 Jig32 Download:
029 1981 Tina's Maggot March32 Download: Written following an idea give to me by Tina Brown from the band Wild Thyme.
028 1981 Krystina Waltz32 Download: Written for Tina Brown who played (bass guitar) with me in the band Wild Thyme.
027 1981 White Horse Waltz Waltz32 Download: - A slightly Tyrolean sounding Waltz from the middle of Wiltshire, United Kingdom, where I used to live. There is a large White Horse carved out of the chalk escarpment on the Northern slopes of Salisbury Plain.
026 1981 Fiddler's Fancy Reel32 Download: This is just a fiddle player's reel as the patterns fit nicely under the fingers and allow the player to create the illusion of complexity! This will go well with any flowing dance which needs an energetic tune.
025 1981 Reel-ality Reel32 Download: There's not a lot to say about this one. No great back story, just a working reel which some will find enjoyable to play.
024 1981 West Pinnacle Hornpipe32 Download: West Pinnacle is a small hill near to Berea in Kentucky - USA. Having made many lovely visits to Berea, it was only natural that I would write a tune ,or two, connected to those visits.
023 1981 Jig in a Box Jig32 Download: This Jig can be quite atmospheric and haunting which makes it a great jig for the start of a Contra Dance. I recorded it here with my tune Dandelion Whine (see later) LISTEN. I like to play this with a simple synchopated riff for at least the first time through the dance before opening up the accompaniment.
022 1981 A Stroll in Summer Town Reel32 Download: A driving American style reel. Great Fun. Try this arrangement or listen to the MIDI version.
021 1981 Robin's Round Reel32 Download: Named after Robin Butler who is Jean Butler's son. She wrote a dance for him in "Dance Within Tent" and I wrote this tune to go with the dance.
020 1981 Cross and Chain Reel32 Download: A good and straight forward reel for a wide variety of different dances. Cross and Chain was a dance by Jean Butler from the book Dances Within Tent from our time as Folk Camp leaders.
019 1981 Telephone Jig Jig32 Download: I can only imagine that I wrote this tune whilst engaged on a telephone call. So much for my listening skills. I hope it wasn't you on the other end of the call!
018 1981 Barber's Reel Reel32 Download: Written with the name Barber in mind. I have no idea who Barber was!
017 1980 England's Glory Jig48 Download: Written for England's Glory Ladies Morris Dance team.
016 1980 Garland Dance Jig48 Download: Written for a new dance during a period of time when I was a musician for the England's Glory Ladies Morris Dance team.
015 1980 Solo Jig Jig32 Download: Written for a new dance during a period of time when I was a musician for the England's Glory Ladies Morris Dance team.
014 1980 McAndew's Tonic Ragtime32 Download: Written for Ian McAndrew. Accordionist from Gloucestershire, England.
013 1980 Belles and Bows Jig48 Download: Written for a dance by Jean Butler called "Belles and Beaus" First published in "Dance With-in Tent".
012 1980 Ragtime Ragtime32 Download:
011 1979 Grandad's Glory March32 Download: Written at the Capel Curig Army Camp at Easter 1979 for a dance by John Blomfield.
010 1979 Capel Curig March32 Download: Written at the Capel Curig Army Camp at Easter 1979. I was intrigued many years later to attend a festival workshop where the music leader presented this as a Traditional Welsh tune. Just shows how important it is to keep the composer's name firmly attached to the music!
009 1979 Trigger's Tipple Reel32 Download: Named after a gentleman - Mr. Tipple, who used to provide Bars at local dances. I thought "Tipple" was a good name for a bartender!
008 1979 Tayler's Reel Reel32 Download: I have no idea where the name Tayler came from. If you remember, please let me know.
007 1978 Ryeworth Lane Jig32 Download: Written to remember Ryeworth Lane near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.
006 pre1982 Knockvologan March32 Download: While on holiday in Scotland we travelled East on the Isle of Mull from Iona. There is a small village on the coast called Knockvologan where this tune was written.
005 pre1982 Rannoch Moor Jig Jig32 Download: Written while on holiday in Scotland. We stayed for a while on Rannoch Moor. This tune was also the basis of a song.
004 pre1982 Henry's Hornpipe Hornpipe32 Download: Written for a dnace by Bob Barrett. The tune was named after his dog Henry. This was published in the Folk Camp book "Dance With-in Tent".
003 pre1982 Bach at the Beginning Jig32 Download: I wrote this tune and was pleased with the opening phrase only to discover that Johann Sebastian Bach got there before me. My tune is a simple Jig and his a Brandenburg Concerto (Say no more!).
002 pre1982 Sarah's Jig Jig32 Download: Written for Sarah Garlick and recorded by Wild Thyme on their Captain's Ceilidh record published by the EFDSS BR7.
001 pre1982 Wild Thyme Reel32 Download: I named it after my band WILD THYME. The tune was Here's a quick recorded by Wild Thyme on their Captain's Ceilidh record published by the EFDSS BR7.