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Tune ID#1134 (Bag of Potatoes)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bag of Potatoes about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?BarsMode ?
Single reel16G Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bag of Potatoes, The / Bag of Spuds / The Little Bag of Spuds / The Little Bag of Praities / The Little Bag of Peaties / An Mála Beag Fataí / What the Devil Ails You (also as fling or reel, also in D) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Anything for John-Joe #976)
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Discography cd

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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19699#3
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle). For this tune: Michael Tubridy (flute).
~19912#2
[GOC 1] Gerry O'Connor. Time to Time. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, guitar, fiddle).
19922.6#2
[SDI 2] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume II. Denis McMahon (fiddle), Paudy Scully (flute), Timmy O'Connor (melodeon), Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~199818#1
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~20044#1
[OHrth] Mary Mac Namara, Andrew Mac Namara. Open Hearth. Mary Mac Namara (concertina), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
~20118#2
[NFBolg] Jack Talty, Cormac Begley. Na Fir Bolg. Jack Talty (concertina), Cormac Begley (concertina).
20123#2
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tie the Ribbons
Ch 2
Bucks of Oranmore
GOC 1
Miss Galvin's
SDI 2
Tuttle's Reel
NFBolg
Lucky in Love
CtNGn
Played beforeOn Albums
Green Grow the Rushes O
SDI 2
Polca an tSíthigh
BG 5
Doonagore
OHrth

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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #94 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 85 of [F] S. C. Hamilton. The Irish Flute Player's Handbook.

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): 1963