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X:1 T:Crabs in the Skillet M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1903), No. 306 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Gmin D|:G3 d2^F|G2A B2c|ded cBA|dcB AGF|G3 d2^F| G2A B2d|dAd f^ed|1 cAF F=EF:|2 cAF G2|| |:d|gag gf=e|fgf f=ed|cd=e fed|cAF G2d|gag gf=e| fgf f=ed|cd=e gfe|1 cAF F2:|2 cAF F=EF|| |:G2z A2z|B2z c2z|ded cBA|dcB AG^F|G2z A2z| B2z c2z|cAc f=ed|1 cAF F=EF:|2 cAF G2||



CRABS IN THE SKILLET (Portanide/Portáin Annsa Sgileid). Irish, Double Jig or Air (6/8 time). Ireland, coast of Clare and Limerick. G Dorian (Most versions): E Minor (Kennedy). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC (O'Neill/Krassen): AA'BB'CC' (Cole, Kennedy, O'Neill/1915, 1001 & 1850, Ryan). Petrie (1855) notes: "This tune belongs to the coast of Clare and Limerick." Howe directs: "A little slower than jig time," indicating it was perhaps originally an air.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "From J. Buckley (via) Mr. Joyce" [Stanford/Petrie]; Joyce states he noted the tune in 1854 and that Buckley was "a Limerick piper, who stated his belief that the tune belonged to the county Clare" [Joyce].

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 78. Howe (1,000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 22. Elias Howe (Howe’s 500 Irish Melodies Ancient and Modern), Boston, c. 1880; p. 503 (a collection of “Irish” tunes from previous Howe publications, plus 200 tunes from P.M. Joyce’s 1873 Ancient Irish Music). Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1890; No. 10, p. 11. Kennedy (Jigs & Quicksteps, Trips & Humours), 1997; No. 23, p. 8. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 147, p. 84. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 75. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1112, p. 210. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 306, p. 65. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 109. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 792, p. 198.

Recorded sources : - Alia Vox AVSA 9878, Jordi Savall - "The Celtic Viol. II" (2010).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]



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