The Anglo Concertina Music of John Watcham

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The Anglo Concertina Music of John Watcham

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The Anglo Concertina Music of John Watcham

The Anglo Concertina Music of John Watcham

This book has 50 of his tunes transcribed for 30-button Anglo, plus lots of QR code links to video and audio.

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION ………………………………………………………………………………. 6
JOHN WATCHAM ……………………………………………………………………………… 7
RECORDINGS ………………………………………………………………………………….. 8
ENGLISH MORRIS DANCING ………………………………………………………………. 9
THE ANGLO CONCERTINA ………………………………………………………………… 10
KEYBOARD & TABLATURE …………………………………………………………………. 11
STYLE OF PLAYING ………………………………………………………………………….. 12
TUNES ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13
ASHEN FAGGOT WASSAIL ………………………………………………………………… 14
BALANCE THE STRAW ……………………………………………………………………… 15
BELLE ISLES MARCH ……………………………………………………………………….. 16
BIRDS-A-BUILDING …………………………………………………………………………. 17
BLACK JOKER …………………………………………………………………………………. 18
BLUE EYED STRANGER …………………………………………………………………….. 19
BONNY GREEN GARTERS (BAMPTON) ………………………………………………… 20
BONNY GREEN GARTERS (HEADINGTON) ……………………………………………. 21
CONSTANT BILLY ……………………………………………………………………………. 22
COUNTRY GARDENS ………………………………………………………………………. 24
CUCKOO’S NEST …………………………………………………………………………….. 25
CUCKOO IN THE NEST ……………………………………………………………………. 26
EPPING FOREST …………………………………………………………………………….. 28
FIELDTOWN PROCESSIONAL …………………………………………………………….. 29
GALLANT HUSSAR ………………………………………………………………………….. 30
GLORISHEARS ………………………………………………………………………………… 32
GOLDEN VANITY ……………………………………………………………………………. 34
GRAND UNION JIG ………………………………………………………………………….. 35
HENRY HARVEY ……………………………………………………………………………… 36
HEY DIDDLE DIS ……………………………………………………………………………. 38
JOCKIE TO THE FAIR ……………………………………………………………………….. 40
LADIES OF PLEASURE ……………………………………………………………………… 42
LAUDNUM BUNCHES ………………………………………………………………………. 44
LUMPS OF PLUM PUDDING ………………………………………………………………. 46
MAID OF THE MILL ………………………………………………………………………… 48
MONCK’S MARCH ………………………………………………………………………….. 49
MUCH WENLOCK DANCE …………………………………………………………………50
MUNDESSE ……………………………………………………………………………………. 52
OLD TRUNKLES …………………………………………………………………………….. 56
OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP ………………………………………………………………..58
OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY ……………………………………………………… 59
OVER THE WATER TO CHARLIE ………………………………………………………… 62

Talk of things therapeutic leads us to Watcham’s other traditional passion – morris dancing. From St George’s Day in April to the end of summer he complements clock winding with being a leading player of the Anglo

Concertina. An early 19th-century variant on the quirkily named German suck-blow concertina, it makes a perfect accompaniment to the canon of music created for morris dancing since it originated in the 15th century.

Watcham’s morris passion took root at Chingford County High School. Even more surprising is his revelation of how cool it was at a time when rock ’n’ roll was far more high-profile for British teenagers.

“The morris dancers were the golden boys,” Watcham says. “It may have been because we were clearly having such a good time.”

At 17, he was performing at music festivals and in pubs across the south east.

There’s a sprinkle of music stardust too. Watcham recalls how the Chingford Morris teamed up early with Ashley Hutchings, who went on to be a founding member of folk-rock bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.

This year has also seen Watcham play on the latest album by folk grande dame Shirley Collins, who in 2015 had an 80th birthday celebratory concert on London’s South Bank.

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