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GANDER IN THE PRATIE HOLE, THE (An Gandal i bPoll na bhFataí). AKA and see "Brother's Jig (The)," "Friar's Jig (The)," "Gander at the Pit of Spuds (The)," "Monk (The)," "Monk's Jig (The)," "Port an Bráthair," "Port Padraig na Carra." Irish, Double Jig. D Major ('A' part) & D Mixolydian ('B' part) {Breathnach, Carlin, Harker/Rafferty, Mallinson}: D Mixolydian {Mitchell}. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Carlin): AABB (Breathnach, Harker/Rafferty, Mallinson, Taylor/Tweed): AA'BB (Mitchell). A gander is an adult male goose, while a 'pratie hole' refers to potatoes, perhaps a refuse pile. Closely related tunes include the "Brother's Jig"/"Monk's Jig"/"Port Padraig na Carra" tune group. According to piper Néillidh Mulligan these titles refer to piper Brother Gildas (Padraig Ó Seaghdha 1882-1961), who learned the jig from piper Tom Rowsome (d. 1928, uncle of famous piper Leo Rowsome), who called it "Butler's Jig." "Port Padraig na Carra" is also closely related tune.

Sources for notated versions: piper Seán Potts (Ireland) [Breathnach]; piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare) [Mitchell]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ I), 1963; No. 30, p. 13. Breathnach (Folk Music and Dance of Ireland), 1971; 7. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 263, p. 150. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 232, p. 71. Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 41, p. 17. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 117, p. 97. Taylor (Traditional Irish Music: Karen Tweed's Irish Choice), 1994; p. 5.

Recorded sources: Claddagh CC15CD, Paddy Moloney & Sean Potts - "Tin Whistles" (1973). Drumlin Records, Brian McNamara - "A Piper's Dream." Green Linnet CD 1000, Séamus Ennis - "Forty Years of Irish Piping" (2000. Originally released 1977). Shanachie 79011, Planxty - "Cold Blow and the Rainy Night." Shanachie 79012, Planxty - "The Planxty Collection" (1974). Spring Records SCD1037, Néillidh Mulligan - "The Leitrim Thrush" (Learned from his father, who probably learned it from Tommy Reck, who probably learned it from Leo Rowsome).

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




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