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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#405 (Crabs in the Skillet)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Crabs in the Skillet about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BMu 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig48AABBCCG Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Crabs in the Skillet

cd Discography

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~19792#1
[BMu 1] Brendan Mulvihill, accompanied by Mick Moloney. The Flax in Bloom. Traditional Irish Music. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Mick Moloney (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin).
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19995#2
[LD 1] Liz Doherty. Last Orders. Liz Doherty (fiddle).
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~200010#2
[LC 3] Liz Carroll. Lost in the Loop. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
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20012#2
[LYK] Liz and Yvonne Kane. The Well Tempered Bow. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano).
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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #1112 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #306 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 75 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As jig #26 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1903