Crabs in the Skillet
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CRABS IN THE SKILLET (Portanide/Portáin Annsa Sgileid). Irish, Double Jig or Air. 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.
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. 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).