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Tune ID#1907 (Tickle Her Leg with the Barley Straw)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tickle Her Leg with the Barley Straw about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMrch 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABCE Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tickle Her Leg with the Barley Straw / Get Up, Old Woman, and Shake Yourself / Get Up Old Woman and Shake Yourself / Éirigh, a Chailleach, agus Croith Thú Féin / Go to the Devil and Shake Yourself / When Sick is it Tea You Want? (2nd in set Tickle Her Leg on SS 1) (also in B) (compare Get Up Old Woman and Shake Yourself #3746 which differs mainly in the final 8 bars)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[SS 1] Sharon Shannon. Sharon Shannon. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle).
[MMrch 1] Marcas Ó Murchú. Ó Bhéal go Béal. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (Eb flute).
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Marcas Ó Murchú (Eb flute).
[GOC 4] Gerry O'Connor. Journeyman. Gerry O'Connor (fiddle). For this tune: with Donal O'Connor (fiddle).
[KClns 2] Kathleen Collins. My Book of Songs. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Maho Snaps
MMrch 1, WFO 1
I Lost My Love and I Care Not
SS 1
Barrack Hill
KClns 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Chicken That Made the Soup
MMrch 1, WFO 1
Single Jig
KClns 2


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 jig #314 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1991